Christmas can be a stress-filled time, especially for those on a low income. However, it also can bring out the best in people – we’re always inundated with requests for information Christmas provision, whether its to donate, volunteer or to pass on information to those in the community that need it.
This year we were very pleased to support 6 different community projects that were providing hot meals, extra food, and support over the holidays: Dunfermline Free Church, Liberty Church, Lochgelly Salvation Army, Rosyth EATS, F3 Gillespie Church, and Fife Council Welfare Support. We supported these projects by being a central booking point, and we also promoted each project through our local networks, and on our Blog. In total, there were 16 enquiries regarding volunteering for the Christmas and New Year meals.
There were many bookings for the Festive meals, and it was good to see that there were lots of organisations who were booking on behalf of clients, such as Social Work, Link Living and Express Group. This meant that those who were particularly vulnerable had somewhere to go on Christmas and New Years day, and wouldn’t be spending it alone.
We were also pleased to support the SafeZone again this year. The SafeZone is a place for people to go if they find themselves vulnerable on their night out. Police Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service, Street Pastors, and FASS were out and about, making sure everyone was having a great time, keeping the town safe and helping those in need. The SafeZone was also supported by Fife Council, Dunfermline Delivers and all the local pubs, clubs and businesses. This resulted in Dunfermline being awarded another Purple Flag, an award for public and town safety. Congratulations to all involved!!