Kirkcaldy’s Green Team
Greener Kirkcaldy is a community-led charity working locally to benefit Kirkcaldy’s people and our environment. The group began around the same time as Kirkcaldy4All – and we have worked with them as partners of various projects and also help to publicise their great work. We caught up with them to discover more …
Greener Kirkcaldy has a clear ethos – “to see a future where everybody is able to heat their home affordably, eat well, and tread more lightly on our planet“.
They have grown since their launch in 2009, and earlier this year moved …
Chief Exec, Suzy Goodsir, explains some of their most recent work: “Our new Lang Spoon community kitchen and cook school opened in April 2019. It has a fully equipped training kitchen with 8 workstations and offers an exciting programme of courses and workshops for anyone who would like to learn something new, or enjoy a fun, sociable experience with great food.”
Suzy adds: “We want to bring people together to cook, eat and learn. We are a charity and some of our work is funded by grants and donations, but we want our organisation to become more financially sustainable. Our new social enterprise cook school – with fair prices and discounts for people on low incomes – will help us on that journey – and all profits will go to supporting our charitable work.”
In addition to the Lang Spoon, Greener Kirkcaldy also has a training garden and classroom at the beautiful Ravenscraig Walled Garden near Dysart. Through this unique facility, they are able to offer courses, training and volunteer opportunities in gardening and growing. Suzy says: “We run outdoor kids clubs there, courses on growing your own herbs, fruit and vegetables as well as workshops on making the most of your harvest.” Their cider making workshops are hugely popular – there are two coming up this September. You can check out their Events via this link.
Today, they have a dedicated team of 20 and around 50 regular volunteers. Together, they help to run a whole range of projects including:
- The Cosy Kingdom Energy Advice Service – giving free and impartial advice to anyone who wants to save money or reduce their carbon footprint. This has become the go-to in Fife for anyone wanting to save energy, and is helping to make ‘going green’ a normal part of people’s lives in Kirkcaldy.
- The Greener Travel Project – encouraging people to walk and cycle more for short journeys – including loans of electric and standard bikes, group bike rides and welcoming group walks.
They also run workshops teaching people skills in repairing, reusing and upcycling, to help reduce waste. And they have a very active calendar of a whole host of courses including Bread-making, vegan cookery, themed Cook & Eat evenings as well as kids’ cooking clubs that are run in the school holidays.
As a community-led charity, their work is guided by the needs and interests of their members and the wider community. They are all about wanting to help our community to go greener – together. Suzy says: “We are concerned about climate change so a lot of our work is about giving people the skills and inspiration to do their bit. We believe that everyone benefits from being green – and that its easier and more fun if we do it together.”
Their volunteers are key to making this happen. They carry out many different roles and we are always keen to hear from anyone who is interested in getting involved. You can follow this link to discover more on volunteering.
As a conclusion to any of our profile pieces, we always ask what activity or place to visit would be recommended to anyone visiting Kirkcaldy for the first time: Suzy says “Take a walk along the coastal path. Kirkcaldy has amazing parks and the coastline is stunning.”
You can call them on 01592 858458 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can click on the following image that will take you to their Contact page. It includes a link to enable folk to donate to the charity – to help their work in Kirkcaldy.
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