Tuesday, 20 November 2018
It was a special night for Fife Gingerbread and its long standing project ‘The Gateway’ earlier this month, with the initiative winning Community Project of the Year at the Herald Society Awards night.
The Gateway, which supports families in Levenmouth, overcame tough opposition to win the prestigious award which was presented to a mix of staff, board member, parents and volunteers who were all in attendance at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel.
Rhona Cunningham, CEO of Fife Gingerbread, said: “This could not come at a better time for the project as unfortunately its funding ends early next year. We are doing all that we can to ensure the initiative continues and winning this award just shows how crucial the project is for families in Levenmouth”.
About 150 families in Levenmouth benefit from The Gateway each year, with around half of them receiving one to one support from a Fife Gingerbread support worker to improve parenting skills, family relationships and social networks, and overcome barriers such as low confidence and mental health issues. Group work compliments this one to one support, with parents learning new skills through groups such as cooking, crafting, and budgeting.
Family Learning is a huge part of the project, with sessions delivered on a weekly basis. These sessions give parents and children a space to learn together and play together, and also interact with other families. The project also provides parents with volunteering opportunities, with many groups now run by volunteers with only a light touch required from The Gateway staff.