Suit & Pace

Suit and Pace is a Fife-based community theatre company, specialising in comedy. We aim to educate, entertain and engage audiences through tackling serious issues with humour. Suit and Pace is a social enterprise with charitable status.

They develop, write and perform sketches, storytelling sessions, improvised pieces and short plays. They perform in various settings, such as at schools, in the community, at events, and also offer training and workshops, as well as filmed work and podcasts. They can perform our existing pieces, or create a new performance according to your specification, and can develop this with input from your client group. Although they work extensively in Fife they are happy to take their work across Scotland.

They have an event in Edinburgh which is part of Trad Fest, a traditional arts festival featuring performances from around the world.

 

 

 

Fife Employment Access Trust

Fife Employment Access Trust have reached the final shortlist of the prestigious Glaxo Smith Kline Impact Awards.  The awards are designed to recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. They are funded by GlaxoSmithKline and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund.

To reach the final shortlist of just 20 UK-based organisations, FEAT had to come through an application process, three rounds of shortlisting and a full-day assessment covering innovaton, management, partnership, achievement, community focus and targeting need.  We are proud to say we’re the first Fife charity to reach this stage of the awards in the full 20 years they’ve been running and are one of just 2 Scottish charities to make the final this year.  Over 400 charities entered the awards this year.

In January, a panel of judges meet to select the top 10 winners and 10 runners-up.  Each winner receives £30,000 in unrestricted funding, an intensive 3-day training and development programme and the opportunity to join the GSK Impact Awards network.  A film is made about their work and they are provided with support materials to help promote themselves.  An overall winner receives an additional £10,000.

Duncan Mitchell, FEAT’s General Manager, says, “Making the final shortlist is a real testament to the excellent and specialist work our staff do every day to help people with significant mental health conditions to better manage their conditions and reach their aspirations – whether that be employment or something else.  It truly is an honour to be recognised in this way, and whether we end up as a winner or a runner-up, this is a huge boost to everyone connected with FEAT.”

This recognition comes on the back of a year of success in 2016 for FEAT - being named Recruiter Magazine’s Charity of the Year, TSB Glenrothes’ Local Charity Partner and scooping the Fife Voluntary Sector Award for Partnership for the 2nd time in 3 years. 

 

Families in Trauma

Families in Trauma are an online video resource to support families undergoing different types of traumatic events.

Often families experiencing trauma feel isolated and alone, with no support whilst they try to navigate their experience. Family and friends have often never dealt with the type of trauma we may be experiencing and so a sense of isolation, anxiety, depression and various other problems can start to develop.

If it was possible to talk to someone else who has experienced a similar event, it would help, but too often this isnot possible, due to our friends having never experienced the trauma.

So Families in Trauma interview and video record various families and individuals who want to use their experience to help others.  This will become available on our website and anyone can log in at any time of the day or night - without waiting for an appointment - and in the privacy of your own home. 

This will create a video library resource for many individuals and organisations alike and can help bridge the gap whilst families may be waiting on support from other services.  We also signpost to other organisations who may be able to help.

Please visit the Families in Trauma website for more information about what herlp they can ioffer

http://www.familiesintrauma.co.uk/index.asp

 

 

Better World Books

Over 900,000 pre-loved books collected in Fife!  

In 2013 Dunfermline based Better World Books launched their book bank programme in Fife. Since then Fife communities have been dropping off their pre-loved books when they need to make space on their bookshelves.

In December a huge milestone was reached: 900,000 books collected!

The books are collected by Rosyth-based Love Waste and Logistics and are delivered to Better World Books to be processed. The Better World Books team are passionate about finding new homes for pre-loved books.

The books are sold online across 10 marketplaces and on www.betterworldbooks.co.uk. Every book sold generates funding for literacy. In the case of Fife, funding supports Scottish Book Trust. Books that cannot be sold are donated or recycled. No books go to landfill.

There are currently eleven book banks in Fife Council recycling centres. To find your nearest book bank visit bit.ly/BWBbookbanks. If you are interested in hosting a book bank please contact info@betterworldbooks.co.uk.

To find out more about the impact of book purchases and book donations visit cares.betterworldbooks.co.uk.

Better World Books can be followed on Twitter @BWBUK