The Family Ties Project was established in 2010 and was initially funded through the Big Lottery Fund for 4 years. The aim of the project is to promote and develop positive and sustainable relationships within families with children under 12 years of age living the Kirkcaldy area. The support is offered through counselling, therapeutic play, family focus sessions, parent support groups. Currently funded by R S McDonald Trust and Children in Need
The therapeutic service is designed to support and alter behaviours within families experiencing relationship breakdown and issues which affect the day to day lives of the family members.
This services complements the other family work undertaken by the Cottage.
The Cottage Club is a children’s support service which operates twice a week and runs from 3:00 till 7:00pm. The service is provided for children between the ages of 3 – 5 years in the crèche area of the Centre. In addition to the play sessions, the children attending are also provided with a light meal.
The children referred to this project are those identified by staff of statutory agencies, including the local nurseries as being most ‘at risk’ and in need of support additional to other services that they may be receiving. This project is complementary to, and supports, the other services delivered by the Cottage. R S McDonald Trust
The Dad’s Project was established following a successful environmental pilot project in 2010 which redeveloped the outdoor play area and the development of a community garden at the Centre. The aim of the project is: “ To involve dads from an identified area of deprivation in a meaningful initiative that will encourage them to positively improve their health, wellbeing, employment and educational opportunities.”
Funding from Fife Council and other sources has now been secured for three years to further develop this project and a large plot of land has been leased from the Council to develop an allotment and produce fruit and vegetables which will be used by the Centre.
Like many of the other initiatives detailed above, this project is complementary to, and supports, the other services delivered by the Cottage.
Referrals to this project come through statutory agencies as with other Cottage services.