The Poverty Alliance Group (http://www.povertyalliance.org/) are seeking individuals in the Central Fife area to get involved in a new initiative that will help influence the big priorities in the local areas.

Initially the project will be providing training opportunities on the 20th and 27th November for anyone that is interested in being involved.

The Poverty Alliance Group are looking for anybody with experience of:

  • Unemployment
  • Caring
  • Being a Lone Parent
  • Disability
  • Fuel Poverty
  • Mental Health Problems
  • Low-Paid or Part-Time Work
  • Addiction
  • Money Worries

Initially, a 2 day training session will be held at Lochgelly Centre on the 20th November and the 27th November, which will look at poverty and inequality issues in the local areas of; Cowdenbeath, Kelty, Lochgelly, Benarty and Cardenden. The training sessions will also show you how to use your own experience to change things.

Travel and childcare expenses are covered and times can fit in with school hours.

After the training sessions a Stakeholder Group will be formed to examine the priorities of the Cowdenbeath Local Community Plan, which will then form part of a larger group, made up of community members, statutory bodies such as Fife Council and NHS Fife, and local voluntary organisations. Support is provided throughout the process.

If you are interested in taking part, or would like to get involved but cannot at this time, further opportunities will be provided in the New Year.

If you require more information, please contact:

Laura Darling
Telephone: 0141 353 0440
Email: laura.darling@povertyalliance.org
Address: Laura Darling, The Townhouse, 123 High Street, Cowdenbeath, KY4 9QB

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3 Comments

  1. Helen R.

    November 15, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Would certainly like to know more before getting involved. However, I’ve yet to go and have a look at their website (which I will do). In the meantime, sounds interesting…but I really do wish that all the towns would be recognised individually rather than all being lumped under the Cowdenbeath area… we are all towns and villages in our own right, and if there has to be a collective term for us all, let it be something that suits us all. When did we stop being Central Fife?

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    • Lochgelly

      November 15, 2012 at 10:40 am

      We are not sure when the area started being collectively known as the Cowdenbeath Area, and our group personally do not agree with the term. Cowdenbeath is a good town, but so is Lochgelly and Lumphinnans, and the other areas which are now collectively know as ‘Cowdenbeath’. It could be argued that all the towns should come under the ‘Lochgelly’ area as we have the bigger population.

      Ultimately, the name chosen should have been generic and not based on a single town, as each town appears to be fiercely protective and proud of their heritage and namesakes. We have heard other residents complaining about the increase of referencing the town to Cowdenbeath. Our most common feedback, is that it is an insult as we are Lochgelly and proud.

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