visitors to the Linton Lane Centre will be amazed by the transformation carried out over the past month.
The makeover has been made possible thanks to a £17,000 grant from Asda followed by a further £7000 from Fife Council’s community capital grant and Awards for All.
Thanks to the cash, the centre has been completely rewired, new heating fitted, and the floor in the main hall sanded and varnished. The meeting room has been completely revamped and almost every room decorated with new cupboards and fire exit doors fitted and new security shutters at the rear.
Mandy Henderson, manager, said: “It’s hard to believe that a few months ago we were looking at possibly having to shut up after the roof had been partly blown off in the storms and the long-running playgroup, which operated independently of the centre, was forced to close.
“But just a few months on and these grants have really enabled us to work wonders. Now we are completely wind and water tight, although the roof was covered by our insurance we had other window leaks and draughts, a lot more secure and in a much nicer environment.”
Most of the decorating work inside has been carried out by Community Payback volunteers who Mandy says have been a “godsend.”
“They have painted all the rooms and the whole place is looking fantastic. Without them it would have taken much, much longer and would have had to be carried out by our committee members in their own time.”
After the blow of the playgroup closure at the end of the year, the centre is waiting to hear about a funding application to provide pre-nursery creche facilities, and a lunch club for parents and children where they can spend time together and get a nutritious meal.
And other exciting plans are also in the pipeline.
“When people heard the playgroup was closing a lot thought that the whole centre was closing, but we want to let people know we are here and we are back better than ever.
“We are very busy with lots of groups, but we are always keen to hear from people if there are things they would like to see. We sent out questionnaires and lots of parents said there was a need for something for children between the parent and toddler and nursery ages, so we thought a creche where places were booked in advance would be the kind of service we would like to offer.”