Tuesday, 9 October 2018
Fife Gingerbread's AGM & Annual Event took place last week at Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline. The theme for the event was Campaigns Change Lives, with a focus on Challenge Poverty Week and Year of Young People.
Over 100 delegates attended the event, including national and local politicians, representatives from partner organisations, sector professionals, volunteers, and of course parents.
The two speakers for the day were Lesley Laird MP and Chris Kilkenny. The former spoke passionately about poverty in Fife and condemned the roll out of Universal Credit, whereas the latter talked about his real life experience of living in and out of care and how he has come through the other side, not without some struggles.
Attendees attended two workshops during the event, one based on each of the campaigns. At the Challenge Poverty Week workshop delegates played through a Fife Gingerbread created game called 'Universal Debit', where players had to work through a real life scenario of a parent who had been moved into Universal Credit and was facing six weeks with no benefit. The Year of Young People workshop featured young parents who are part of Fife Teen Parent Project. They provided real experiences of being a young parent in Fife and explored the challenges they have faced and the successes they have had individually and as a group.
The AGM & Annual Event always recognises great work through the awards portion. This is an opportunity for workers to highlight fantastic volunteers and amazing parents. Charlotte Liddell, the 2017/18 First Mentee and previous award winner was on hand to present the awards. This years winner were:
Lone Parent of the Year: Michele Quin
Volunteer Achievement: Harry Wight
Young Parent of the Year: Holly Cowan
Star of the Year: Sharon Robertson