At the end of the summer holidays, we saw a continued increase in demand for emergency food. Here at the Hub, we supported F3, a holiday food project for families. We provided a pick up point for families who contacted F3 – by getting families to come here, we could make more families aware of the support available, and be able to signpost to the advice they needed.
Many of the families reported that it was becoming increasingly difficult to make ends meet, and were already aware of the traditional support such as free school meals and school clothing grant. However, most who picked up a food parcel weren’t aware of the clothing bank, and that we had a “pay-as-you-feel” shop. Many parents benefited from getting some extra children’s clothes, extra school uniforms and clothes for themselves. And with the opportunity to pay, donate or create (a tidy space), many didn’t feel so bad taking free clothes, knowing they have contributed in some way.
Our Talking Wall is great! When you put up a suggestion, we make sure we do our best to get something done! Everything we have going on at the Hub is inspired by YOU and your ideas.
Anyone can start something new at the Hub – community groups, organisations, charities, social enterprises, the list is endless. The Hub belongs to everyone, and we want lots of people using it!
If you’d like to start something, pop along and have a chat with our Coordinator, or give us a call, 01383 432483.
The Hub is more than a venue – its a wider partnership across Dunfermline and Fife. We are all cogs in a machine, and everyone is essential to making it work, in the Hub, and outwith. We are greater than the sum of our parts!
For the community as a whole, this means that services are easier to access, and you don’t need to go round all the doors, trying to find help yourself.
We’re here to help everyone: we can help with referrals to our partners, accessing computers or the phone, or just pointing you in the right direction to get you started!
We asked you what you’d like to see at the Hub, and we had lots of responses about books. Reading is a great way to unwind, and escape the every day!
We got in touch with BetterWorld Books, a local business in Dunfermline. BWB are an online shop, selling new and used books across the UK. They also support causes, such as literacy projects, book donations, community projects, and ensuring that all of their unsold or undonated books are recycled properly, so no books end up in landfill.
They provided a whole bookshelf of books of all different genres for you to choose from. So take a book, leave a book, and start an adventure!
We’ve got lots for you to get involved with here at the Hub. We couldn’t do our work without our community coming together, and we want to do more!
We need your help! We have lots of opportunities, such as: one-off jobs, volunteering positions, events for you to attend, and opportunities to have your say! Keep an eye out on our Facebook, Twitter, Calendar or Sign Up to our e-newsletter for events and opportunities that interest you!
And if there isn’t anything of interest to you, pop in to the Hub Monday to Friday, 10-4pm, and let us know what you’d like to see happen here. We’re always looking for new ideas and inspiration!
This month we are still seeing an increase in footfall – partly due to the increasingly popular Fife Law Centre and Community Job Club Sessions. For our full report, click on the box below:
We are still seeing a lot of people who are needing emergency food, and F3 and the Foodbank have seen increased demand. This is partly due to the holidays – children not getting their free school meals means parents have to meet the increased cost, plus keeping the kids entertained throughout the holidays can be expensive. We were able to support F3 by providing a pick-up point for families to get extra fresh food, which created opportunities for families to access further support, such as getting an extra school uniform from the Fife Children’s Clothing Bank.
We also held two events – Introduction to E-Banking with HBOS, and Signposting – What’s it all about?. We were pleased that both events were well attended and received good feedback.
If you have any questions about our July Report, please contact usor call 01383 432483 and speak to Katie
We have clothing shop in the Hub? There’s no prices: pay, donate or create (a display or tidy a stand for us!).
We have clothes for children 0-16 years, boys and girls, school uniforms, plus some smart adult clothes, if you need something for a new job or a job interview!
All funds and donations go to the Fife Children’s Clothing Bank, who help any child in Fife who needs clothes in a crisis.
We support our partner organisations and local charities by providing a great venue to meet with clients. Due to our central location, and the wide variety of services we provide here, our partners can benefit from having a discreet and private space to meet with clients on a one-to-one basis.
Call us for more information – 01383 432483.
From our feedback on the Talking Wall, you said it would be helpful to have computers for anyone to use. So, when we were planning our refurbishment, we included an area for computers! Anyone can come in and use them – you just need to register your name and contact details, and make sure you sign in every time you come in.
And if you struggle to use a computer or don’t know where to start with computers, pop along for a one-to-one session with our Digital Skills Volunteers!