You have to use Centre - or lose it!

Buckhaven Community Centre
Buckhaven Community Centre

Staff at Buckhaven Community Education Centre are warning members of the public to use it more if they want to safeguard future services.

The building on Kinnear Street is struggling financially due to a drop in private bookings over the past year.

Attendances have alsodropped across all the centre’s groups from the Buckhaven Pensioners to the Art Class.

Sadly, the Parent Group is no longer active.

Ian Cooper, a community education worker, said: “A community centre brings many services to the doors of people who live local and beyond and, as such, gives them opportunities to address their needs.

“Buckhaven Community Education Centre also offers Youth Provision, Adult Learning and many community group based activities.

“However, for those services to continue, we need more people through the door. “

On a more positive footing are services with a role to play in welfare reform.

Citizens Advice Rights Fife (CARF) holds a weekly drop-in session/pop-up clinic.

The centre has also recently been approached by Levenmouth Foodbank Community Support Project asking if a food collection box can be placed there.

While supporting these services,Rob Scott, chairman of the centre’s management committee, added: “The community should be using the centre more than they do at present; after all, it was gifted to them by the miners. It’s a shame that they are not accessing what the centre has on offer.”

For further information, or to book the centre, telephone (01592) 583472 or pop in for a visit.