Fife Gingerbead Blog

Snawed In!

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Wow, what a relief to finally be back to normal after last week’s weather mayhem!

Like many others we had to shut our offices as travel was a no go, but luckily we are equipped to deal with something like this. Our staff all had their laptops and phones home with them meaning they could work from home and still be available to at least give the families they support over the phone help. We always do everything we can to make sure we provide a continuous service.

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Poverty in Fife

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As I walked to work on this crisp morning in early autumn, summer already seems ages ago. The end of summer always makes me wistful, and as I got to the office and cranked the heating up, I couldn’t help reflect on the work Fife Gingerbread carried out over the last few months.

In my last blog I wrote about how we had 95 summer activities happening across Fife that were all free, provided food, and let families have fun together. This number far surpassed last year and any year before that, which for a charity is bitter sweet; it’s great we have the staff and infrastructure to alleviate stress and anxiety parent’s face over the summer, but it’s also tragic that there is a need and demand for us to do this. Continue reading “Poverty in Fife”

The Holiday…Hell?

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School summer holidays; what emotions do those three words conjure up? Many people would probably say happiness, joy, possibly even blissful nostalgia, but there are a lot of parents out there who are more likely to say anxiety, dread, and worry.

At Fife Gingerbread we are all too aware that there’s another side to school holidays that is often never considered. During the holidays, parents with children who receive free school meals will need to provide up to 35 extra meals to each child over the seven weeks, which for those already living on low incomes or in poverty can be a massive struggle.

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