Community groups across Fife will be able to provide vital services and support for thousands of local people thanks to National Lottery funding.

The latest funding from The National Lottery Community Fund is shared amongst 384 projects in Scotland, sharing £15,048,544. The funding was announced on Wednesday, March 27.

Dunfermline groups that received support included: Fife Voluntary Action, Abbeyview Kids Club, and Penumbra.

Fife Voluntary Action received £20,000. The group will use the funding to create a partnership hub that will deliver a variety of services and support to the local community.

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Abbeyview Kids Club got £17,300 and will use the funding over two years to support families with children with complex additional support needs. They will provide out of school care during term times and holidays.

Penumbra were given £124,116. This will be used to continue to support people who live with self-harm across Fife.

The Fife Self-Harm Project offers support to people aged 18 and over across the kingdom. The team are based in Dunfermline, but support is offered to anyone living in Fife.

Sharon Little, Penumbra Fife service manager, commented: “Our service has proven vital over the years and we’re delighted to receive this award, which will help us continue to reach people across Fife living with self-harm. Self-harm is a very complex response to feelings of distress and it’s often misunderstood.

So we hope this news will create a ripple effect and let people know that there is support out there. We can offer a compassionate space for people to share and explore their thoughts and feelings in a safe way.

We have our own Facebook page @PenumbraFife where people can follow us, and people can also find us on the Penumbra website where our contact details are.”

Support can be accessed by self-referral which means people can contact the team direct. People can also be referred or signposted by a third party such as their GP, social worker or voluntary organisation.

Kate Still, Scotland Chair at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “This latest round of National Lottery funding will be distributed to groups across Fife who are providing a range of services and support for thousands of local people, helping to make a real difference to their lives.  

“As The National Lottery prepares to mark its 30th birthday later this year, today’s investment is a timely reminder of the difference that National Lottery players continue to make to communities across the country.”