WEST FIFE charity Hyperclub hopes to be opening up their brand new home in the New Year thanks to generous community support.

Volunteers are helping them kit out the former Bubbles Bathroom Centre on Chalmers Street and funding from the National Lottery means materials can be purchased to complete the internal build.

Back in June, the Hyperclub found a new base in a matter of days – thanks to the power of the Press.

The charity, which has helped children and adults with learning difficulties for the past nine years, needed to find premises again for the third time in a year after attempts to find a larger venue for their much-needed services fell through.

After a plea for help in the Press, Gibb’s Vehicle Hire in Dunfermline offered the Hyperclub a building they bought last year.

Founder Suzanne Connelly said: "We are progressing nicely at the moment and taking a phased approach to the workload.

"Our planned grand opening day is January 31 and invitations will be sent out to everyone who has supported or donated to our cause and helped us to make this facility available for the community.

"People now rely on the service, which has become a big part of their lives. It's just going to be bigger and better and will accommodate much more people still suffering from social exclusion.

"The work we have done over the years to build their confidence and independence has been set back majorly with the pandemic; they are fearful of rejoining society and will need a huge amount of encouragement to do so again.

"It is our aim to have the project ready in January and allow them to return back to their activities, enjoying the company of their friends again."

The Hyperclub, which was founded in 2012, has been desperate to expand their services and have gone through heartbreak in their bid to find a new home.

At the start of the year, they were due to move into a building on Lathalmond Industrial Estate but had to pull out with too many problems for it to be useable.

Last summer, they were going to join up with the Yes-U-Are Partnership at the Erskine Building in Dunfermline town centre but it wasn’t suitable.

Before that, they had tried to purchase the Rosyth Resource Centre but their application was rejected by Fife Council.

In May, they decided to leave Ballast Bank Community Centre in Inverkeithing.

Michael Annandale, from the Moo-let agency, has been on board to help the Hyperclub fit out their new home and has offered to do this as a project using his apprentices, who he is teaching to become professional skilled workers.

The charity has also had a large donation from the Bathroom Centre Fife, who have provided materials to build a disabled changing room complete with a hoisting facility.

Chaps are also supplying and fitting the boiler and heating for free.

With National Lottery funding, the Hyperclub will be creating an open-plan reception, sensory and tactile room; a memory room for the elderly' a kids' gaming room; an open-plan training kitchen; a large disabled changing room with hoisting; an open-plan dining and disco area; an open-plan arts and crafts room;and a beauty training salon.

The Glen will also be used for outdoor activities.

Suzanne added: "We intend to be open every day till 10pm allowing the services to be accessed easily and often."