As with the core services, all our services are designed to address our families challenges by raising their aspirations, providing high quality care and opportunities that are not time limited and make a real difference to families life chances in the long term.
Therapeutic Support Service
The aim of the project is to promote and develop positive and sustainable relationships within families with children under 16 years of age living the Kirkcaldy and surrounding areas area. The support is offered through counselling, therapeutic play, art therapy, physical activity, family focus sessions and parent support groups.
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.
The services provided by the Therapeutic Support Service complements the other family work undertaken by the Cottage.
This service has experienced considerable growth and development and the demand for this service has increased. The service has also seen an increase in the number of young children with complex needs.
These services are funded through The National Lottery Community Fund , The Northwood Charitable Trust and The MacDonald Charitable Trust.
The Dad’s Project was established following a successful environmental pilot project which redeveloped the outdoor play area and the development of a community garden at the Centre. The aim of the project is: “To involve young 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 charitable trusts and other sources has been secured to further develop this project and a large plot of land has been leased from Fife Council which has allowed us to produce fruit and vegetables which will be used by the Centre to provide families with healthy meals and snacks.
Like many of the other initiatives detailed above, this project is complementary to, and supports, the other services delivered by the Cottage.
This Dads Project is funded through The Cattanach Charitable Trust and Fairer Scotland Fund.
The Big Hoose Fife Project
Are you a family experiencing hardship in Fife?
The Cottage Family Centre and The Big Hoose Fife Project have signed an agreement with Amazon UK and other companies which will see household goods being distributed to children and families living in poverty across Fife.
The Big Hoose Fife Project works in partnership with other charities, social workers, health visitors, schools, nurseries and other organisations across Fife to enable thousands of families access through a referral process to items such as bedding, clothing, footwear, kitchen items, towels, toilet roll, nappies, wipes, rugs, other household furnishings and goods.
Our referral process is relatively straight forward and if you are experiencing hardship please speak with a professional as they will be able to complete a referral on your behalf. This can be your social worker, health visitor, child’s school or any charity/organisation that supports children and families.
We want to make sure every child across Fife grows up in a household where they have a solid foundation, where they feel safe and secure and where parents don’t feel dehumanized and this project will ensure that we are a step closer to making this happen.
This project will also encourage recycling and reduce the number of items and goods that end up in landfill on a daily basis.
Charities and organisations that work in partnership with The Big Hoose Fife Project are as follows: