Bid to en­sure every child in Fife stays warm.

More than 600 coats have been do­nated to Fife Hous­ing Group thanks to drive to tackle child poverty

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - LEEZA CLARK leclark@the­courier.co.ukc

Fife Hous­ing Group is help­ing en­sure every young Fifer has a cosy coat to keep out the chills this win­ter.

The group launched a Give A Kid A Coat cam­paign at the start of Septem­ber as part of its com­mit­ment to giv­ing some­thing back to ten­ants and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

And such has been its suc­cess, with more than 600 coats do­nated, the group is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of mak­ing it an an­nual ap­peal.

Staff at what is one of the largest in­de­pen­dent hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tions in the east of Scot­land were not an­tic­i­pat­ing such an over­whelm­ing re­sponse, and the of­fice in Dun­fermline is cur­rently over­flow­ing with coats, so they will need to look into the lo­gis­tics of stor­age be­fore com­mit­ting to do­ing it again.

One of the project’s team lead­ers, He­len Miller, said: “Give Some­thing Back was the theme of our col­league con­fer­ence this year and we were keen to do some­thing that would have a real im­pact.

“Un­for­tu­nately, thou­sands of chil­dren in Fife are liv­ing be­low the poverty line, with their par­ents and car­ers strug­gling to make ends meet, and the cost of warm coats is some­thing some of them just can­not stretch to.

“On the flip side, many other fam­i­lies have good-quality win­ter jack­ets which are only worn briefly be­fore the chil­dren grow out of them, so it made per­fect sense to try and bring the two to­gether, and we have been ab­so­lutely blown away by the re­sponse we have re­ceived.

Free coats and jack­ets can now be picked up at the col­lec­tion points or al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ments can be made by call­ing Fife Hous­ing Group on freep­hone 08000 274007.

They can be col­lected at both High Val­ley­field Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and Cow­den­beath lo­cal of­fice from 10am to noon on Tues­day, from Rosyth Parish Church from 2-4pm on Mon­day November 19, Abbeyview cus­tomer ser­vice point from 10am to noon on Tues­day November 20, Oak­ley Com­mu­nity Cen­tre from 10am to noon on Wed­nes­day November 28, and the Cot­tage Cen­tre in Kirk­caldy from 10am to noon on Fri­day November 30.

Give Some­thing Back was the theme of our col­league con­fer­ence this year and we were keen to do some­thing that would have a real im­pact. HE­LEN MILLER PROJECT LEADER

Pic­ture: Steven Brown.

Pamela Sned­don is over­whelmed with the amount of coats do­nated.

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