How we can help
We run many different projects that you can refer yourself or a client for.Some are seasonal and some run throughout the year. Here are some of the projects we run and how you can access them. You can also find information about becoming a referral agent, referring a client or self referring.
We deliver a weekly food parcel across Kinross-shire to a household that is referred for support. Referrals last up to 1 month. Self referrals also last up to one month upon which time we will have introduced you to a relevant referral agent. If you already have a referral agent you cannot also self refer.
We work with our friends at The Heat Project who provide expert advice on energy and can help clear debt, mediate with energy companies or reduce household energy costs. We work with referral agents to make energy payments where necessary.
Each year between April-June we organise school uniform parcels. These are delivered in school bags containing new and relived uniform items, plus vouchers.
Each Winter we distribute a variety of projects, these include Winter Warmer packs (slow cookers, veg and vouchers) Winter Clothing Vouchers, and Christmas Hampers. These aim to alleviate some tree that can come with additional costs associate with keeping warm.
Tuesday trips happen throughout all the school holidays and include the cost of travel, tickets and food. Families are collected from each town of village in Kinross-shire and taken away for the day to eg Science Centre, Zoo, parks or beaches. The trips allow families to experience new places and take away some stress over the school holidays.
Our counselling support has 18 funded spaces, and are run by a fully trained, professional expert counsellor. She uses persona centred approach and is based at loch Leven Health Centre. Clients are referred through the mental health nurse for these places.
We fund the local advice hub, which allows advisory and support agencies to come and meet clients face to face. These include Social Security Scotland, local Housing team, PKC Employability team and Mindspace, as well as ourselves and local social prescriber team.
Parents & Tots
The parents and tots group is a referral only group aimed at tacking the isolation and low income that is associated with being a new parent. We cover the cost of food and activities at each session and also run a baby bank for families to mitigate the increasing cost of having a baby.
We work with a team of dedicated professional referral agents. They will refer clients to us for all of our projects, and ensure additional support is given where required. We rely on their expertise to offer this additional support where we cannot. Below are a list of some contact numbers for some of the referral agents we work with:
PKC Substance Recovery – 07920070797 & 07920070845
Social Care for Adults – 0345 30 111 20 or by email at AccessTeam@pkc.gov.uk.
Wellbeing Support Team, Kinross – 01577 867318
Healthy Communities project worker – 07896280843
Social Prescriber Kinross – 07557488902
CATH (Churches Action for the Homeless) – 07739 858987
South Locality Housing Team – 01738 476000
Health Visitors – 01577 865335
Hillcrest Housing Support – 03001232640
Caledonia Housing – 0800 678 1228
SAAFA (Armed Forces Charity) – 0141 488 8552
Kinross High School – 01577 867100
Perthshire Women’s Aid – 01738 639043
Perth and Kinross Council Helpline – 03453011100