we are an anti-poverty charity
aimed at tackling the effects of poverty in Kinross-shire.
What can you do?
We rely on the generosity of our community. Donations of money, time and food are all gratefully received. We take great care to ensure funds are allocated carefully and take all food donations equally as seriously.
To donate money contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
To donate food Drop-off point is at Kinross Sainsbury’s, open 8am- 10pm every day.
To donate your time, as a volunteer, contact our volunteer co-ordinator at email@example.com
We are currently recruiting for a project co-ordinator.
The job will be 15 hours per week, flexible working, starting on £12 per hour and is funded initially until 31st March 2022. For a copy of the job spec please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date is 19th November 2021. Interviews will take place week of 22nd November and post will begin 1st December 2021.
what do we do?
Kinross Food Bank
The food bank started life collecting food in the rain under a gazebo and storing it in a garage. Years on, we have a premises in The Beacon at St Paul’s Church, and a great partnership with local shops and the community who donate and collect food for us. Our greatest hope was that we would be made redundant within weeks. That is still our goal.
What began as a way to provide fresh food for our clients by overhauling a patch of overgrown ground behind The Beacon, turned into a project of its own with unexpected benefits. Offering the chance to work in the Garden to our clients resulted in a kind of outdoor therapy. Each year we build on the produce offered and encourage more clients to gain skills and confidence by working in the garden.
Each year in conjunction with Pat Doran from Loch Leven Community Campus, we run cookery classes for our clients. These focus on healthy eating, eating on a budget and cooking from scratch. At the end of the class, the participants sit together and eat the meal they have prepared. As well as cookery skills, the participants also make valued friendships.
This year we started our Tuesday Trips. As a rural area families struggle to afford public transport and accessing many family friendly activites require a car. We fund coaches, lunches and tickets for entry to various locations which have included Kelpies, St Andrews, Tentsmuir Beach, Glasgow Science Centre, Aberdour, Scottish Deer Centre and more. These trips make memories, increase confidence and build stronger family and community links.
The pandemic and lockdowns provided many challenges that we learnt from. Our food bank usage increased 1000% from May 2019 to May 2020. We were able to react quickly adapting our service, and supplying school lunch parcels and School Closure vouchers for months to ensure the families and children living locally had adequate food and support just when they needed it.
Local Advice Hub
We started the Local Advice hub with our advice partners in 2019. After working with clients for years we began to see a way we could divert them from ever having to access a food bank by helping them get the right advice before they found themselves in a crisis situation. We began inviting groups and services with outreach workers to attend an advice hub, based at Loch Leven Health Centre.
Through ongoing contact with our clients we identified a need to help families during the holidays and with extra curricular activities. Throughout term time we help with classes and clubs. We fund hardship items on a case by case basis.
Mental health issues are often involved in the circumstances of many of our clients. Accessing counselling can be difficult. We offer a person centred counselling service to clients, located locally. Covering bereavement issues, depression, anxiety and other subjects, the feedback is positive and is something we intend to grow and continue.
Each year as Winter approaches we look to how we can support our community. Families are referred for clothing support in October and we deliver fresh vegetable packs plus butcher’s vouchers in November. These projects not only provide practical help, but also community support to people feeling marginalised and isolated.
As the cost of energy increases families find it harder to afford to heat their homes adequately in Kinross-shire. We provide significant tp ups to households referred to us plus we work closely with The Heat Project to give important money and energy saving advice to any householder.
SCHOOL UNIFORM BANK
Each year we take in donations as the school year comes to a close and put together bundles of preloved and new items for children in local households.
How do you find help?
If you or someone you know is in need, or facing a crisis, then we can help.
The food bank and other projects run on a referral scheme. Our referral agents are the following:
Kinross Primary School 01577 867272
Health Visitors 01577 862112
Doctors at local Health Centre 01577 862112
Women’s Aid 01738 635404
Housing Officer 01738 635404
Welfare Rights Team 01738 476900
If you speak to one of these groups, they can refer you directly to us. We will get in touch by text and have a chat about what you need. Tell us any dietary requirements, or if you have pets or children and we can tailor it accordingly. We can then find out if you would benefit from any of our other projects. If you don’t know where to start give us a call on 07518 913107.
Who are we?
How to contact us
St Paul’s Church,
The Muirs, Kinross
Opening Hours Tuesday 10am-2pm or Thursday 10am-2pm
Currently operating delivery only for food parcels