We are providing 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 is to assist in the planned expansion and refurbishment of their building in Kirkcaldy. This would increase space and amenities for their volunteer staff, and provide 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 existing building, 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 recession 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
We will receive progress reports during 2012-2013.
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This page was last updated on 30 December 2012.
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