Published date : 24 Jul 2020

Mid Fife and Glenrothes MSP, Jenny Gilruth, attended Collydean Community Centre’s “opening ceremony” on Thursday 23 July to mark the start of capital works.


The MSP has taken the opportunity to praise the central role of the centre within the community, as well as the fundraising efforts undertaken by Centre Manager, Rose Duncan.


As part of the opening ceremony, two time capsules were buried containing a number of items to help tell the story of the centre and local community’s response to the 2020 Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, including a cloth face covering and medical mask, photograph of a shielding box and food parcel, and all the rainbow drawings that the children have drawn since March.


At the event, the time capsules were buried by pupils from Collydean Primary School and high school pupil Niamdh Braid signed to “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus.


The capital works at Collydean Community Centre are starting this month following incredible fundraising efforts led by centre manager, Rose Duncan.  


Collydean Community Centre was repurposed in March 2020 as a community anchor organisation following the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.


The centre received a £60,000 funding allocation from the Scottish Government to aid its response to Covid-19 coronavirus, which has been used to prepare and deliver emergency food parcels; deliver prescriptions and medical supplies; offer free smartphones and iPads to those with no internet access; and share funding with specialist agencies and grassroot organisations throughout Glenrothes and Fife.


A long-time supporter of the centre’s work, Jenny Gilruth MSP said:


“I was delighted to join staff, volunteers and local residents to mark the beginning of these important capital works at Collydean Community Centre.


“Rose and her team have worked tirelessly to deliver a community-led response to the coronavirus outbreak and help some of our most vulnerable families and individuals.


“When future generations open the time capsules buried as part of today’s ceremony, they will learn about how the strength of our humanity shone through in response to Covid-19 – the biggest challenge of our lifetime – and why Collydean Community Centre is the beating heart of our community in North Glenrothes.”



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