Despite the east of Kirkcaldy being among one of the country’s poorest areas, with 39 per cent of children currently living in poverty, local residents say it’s still a great place to live.

And community spirit and a willingness to help others is abundant, as a recent visit to the Gallatown’s Happy Days community hub revealed.
It has been in its St Clair Street premises for around 18 months after moving from Overton Community Centre.
It’s one of nine Inspiring Scotland schemes being run by Link Up and administered locally by Kirkcaldy YMCA.

The project works with people, communities, charities and public bodies to develop solutions to some of the deepest social problems, and help them to change the lives of the most vulnerable people with the help of funding from Cashback for Communities.
Debbie Kelly is the community development worker who helps to facilitate the various groups which operate from the hub, but it is residents and hub users who dictate which services they want to see on offer.

She explained: “It was set up to get people involved in social activities and groups to build on the good things already going on within the community.

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