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Samaritans of Kirkcaldy & District
We have provided support to the Samaritans of Kirkcaldy & District, part of a national network of confidential emotional support services available 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.
Our specific award has assisted in the expansion and refurbishment of their building in Kirkcaldy. This has increased space and amenities for their volunteer staff, and provides room for on-site training.
The first Samaritans branch was opened our first branch in Edinburgh in 1959. Since then the organisation has grown to 20 branches supported by over 1,000 volunteers across the country, stretching from Shetland to the Scottish Borders.
Volunteers offer support by responding to phone calls, emails and letters. Alternatively people can drop in to the branch to have a face to face meeting.
Photos of the building - the expansion is the new part of the building seen in the right hand photo Courtesy of Samaritans of Kirkcaldy & District
The town of Kirkcaldy, and the surrounding area of Glenrothes and the East Neuk of Fife, was once a highly industrial area, with coal mining, linoleum, and fishing being the major industries. The area now faces multiple economic and social challenges, and unemployment is high, exacerbated by the current challenging economic conditions in the UK. Despite their traditional resilience to hardship, many local people face significant emotional health difficulties, and the branch has become increasingly busy in recent years.
Outcomes and lessons
Update July 2014
The work on the expansion and refurbishment was completed in mid-April, and the extra area is seen in the right hand photo above – the new facilities are already in use.
Courtesy of Samaritans of Kirkcaldy & District
The branch extension was officially opened by Fife Depute Provost Kay Morrison on 24 July. Our Chairman, Graham Thompson, and former Trustee Gordon Brown were delighted to attend. We were very impressed with the new facilities, and with the enthusiasm and professionalism of the Kirkcaldy volunteers.
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This page was last updated on 18 July 2016.
A charity formerly registered in Scotland, no. SC039658