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Welcome to Linton Lane's community podcast

Each week we aim to highlight local charities, services and events which are making a difference to Kirkcaldy

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Episode 26...Walking Football

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George Lindsay and Stephen McCrimmon

The increasing popular sport of walking football is something which has given many people a new lease of life and for some has reconnected them with a sport they may have enjoyed earlier in life or before health conditions limited their activities.

It also offers those taking part the opportunity to make new friends and become part of a social group whose activities often continue off the field including, nights out, trips to other towns and even abroad.

Today Michael is speaking with Linton Lane Centre Volunteer of the Year George Lindsay and Raith Rovers Community Foundation volunteer Stephen McCrimmon, both walking footballers to find out what they get out of the sport and how other people can get involved.

Walking Football
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Raith Rovers FC

Community Foundation

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Episode 25...FRASAC

Mandy Ferguson

Sexual Violence Support Worker

Fife Rape and Sexual Assault Centre provide free and confidential support to anyone over the age of 12 who has experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives. 


Their team include Advocacy Workers specialising in supporting people through the Criminal Justice process and Support Workers including Young Persons workers working on a one to one and group basis.

Today guest presenter Pamenla Henderson is speaking with Mandy Ferguson, Sexual Violence Support Worker, to discuss the issues surrounding sexual assualt and what services FRASAC provide.

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Episode 24...The Oasis Project - Trust in Fife

Karen Frame

Residential Support Worker

Trust in Fife is the Kirkcaldy based organisation which in several ways tackles the issue of homelessness in Fife.  One of the services they provide is supported homeless accommodation via their two Centres - The Oasis Project and the Valley Accommodation Unit.

These services aim to guide people back to independent living and are part of a holistic approach that Trust in fife adopts in treating the many problems that people who find themselves without a home have to deal with.


I’m speaking today with Karen Frame, Residential Support Worker at the Oasis Project located at Ellon Road in Kirkcaldy to find out what help the Centre provides for those living between homes.

The Oasis Project - Trust in Fife
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Episode 23...Seescape

Elaina Hutchison

Rehabilitation Officer

For over 150 years the Fife Society for the Blind provided support for people in the community who were experiencing vision impairment.  In 2019 the name changed to Seescape.  The organization felt this name change was more suited to the 21st century and fell in with their mission statement “to expand the horizons for people with sight impairment”.

This is something they are achieving through a variety methods including expanding greatly into modern technology which they open up to public display at their roadshows, traditionally held four times a year throughout Fife

I’m speaking today with Elaina Hutchison, Seescape Rehabilitation Officer to discuss how Seescape are assisting people in maintaining their independence and providing opportunities for them to lead fulfilling and engaging lives.

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Episode 22...Royal National Lifeboat Institution

Michael Baxendine

Fundraising Chairperson

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution are perhaps one of the most well-known and well respected charities in the UK; this is due, in part to the fact that living on an island we are constantly surrounded by the potential dangers of our coastal waters.

I’m speaking today with Michael Baxendine, chairperson of the Kirkcaldy fundraising branch of the RNLI to talk about what role the lifeboats have played in the lives of Britons over the last 200 years and how people can get involved and support them in the vital service they provide.

Royal National Lifeboat Institution
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Episode 21...Christians Against Poverty

Pamela Henderson Burntisalnd and Kirkcaldy Debt Centre Manager

Christians Against Poverty are a national charity who work with churches to help those in their local communities manage debt problems and help them find their way out of circumstances which can, when left untreated lead to those concerned facing terrible situations. 

Formed in 1996 they offer a free debt counselling service which is open to everyone regardless of people’s beliefs or church membership; and in 2020 alone they helped 16,000 people navigate the anxiety of financial worries. 

I’m joined today by Pamela Henderson, Burntisalnd and Kirkcaldy Debt Centre Manager to find out about how exactly CAP goes about tackling these issues and what measures they take to help those facing hardship.

Christians Against Poverty
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0800 328 0006

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Episode 20...Alzheimer Scotland


Jackie Cameron - Community Connexions Coordinator and Yvonne Bryce - Community Conexxions Senior Practitioner

Alzheimer Scotland is a national charity with 21 Resource Centres throughout the country.

It’s aim is to make sure people do not face dementia alone and seeks to provide support for those with dementia and their families.  Among the many services they supplying are dementia advisors, a 24 hour helpline and a range of activities for people held within their Centre in Kirkcaldy.

I’m speaking today with Yvonne Bryce and Jackie Cameron of Alzheimers Fife to talk about what else goes on in their organisation and how they are supporting the local community.

Alzheimer Scotland
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Episode 19...Men Ask Now



Lori Davidson

Chelsea Simpson

Laura Squire

Men Ask Now are a recently formed  trio of Ladies from Leslie who have been personally affected by the results of untreated mental health problems which lead to a family member taking his own life. This prompted them into taking action and setting out to raise awareness of the potentially devastating reluctance men can have in asking for help when they find themselves facing mental health issues.

Lori, Chelsea and Laura create in their homes, products such as t-shirts, mugs, hoodies and caps displaying the Men Ask Now logo.  These they sell throughout the local community and online; a percentage of the proceeds go towards men’s health charity Brothers In Arms and the remaining money goes back into their project.


Today they are speaking with guest presenter and facilitator of Pete’s Man Chat Movement Pete Melville to discuss how they got where they presently are and where they hope to take things.

Men Ask Now

The Charity named in this episode should actually be Brothers in Arms not Brothers Need sisters.  Site link on right

Men Ask Now
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Brothers in Arms

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Episode 18...Fife Gingerbread

In 1970 a single mother living in London decided to set up a support group for other parents like her to help to combat some of the loneliness she felt.  From this a new charity providing support groups was born.  It was called Gingerbread – named after the café where the first support group met. 


Over the last fifty years it has grown into a national organisation.


Today Michael is speaking with Kerry Jones Support Worker with Fife Gingerbread to highlight the support works and services which go on from their Glenrothes base.

Kerry Jones

Support Worker

Fife Gingerbread
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Episode 17...Lodge Templehall

Alistair Gibson

Right Worshipful Master

Lodge Templehall

For most people Freemasonry is something which has an element of mystery about it and seems a bit closed off to anyone who is not part of the membership.  What most people also possibly don’t know is that the Lodges are very active in contributing to the welfare of their communities. 


Here at Linton Lane this has been something we have seen firsthand as in the last year Lodge Templehall has helped out the Community Centre with our projects to a sum in excess of ten thousand pounds. 


Today Michael is speaking with Lodge member Alistair Gibson to have a look at the charity work carried out by Freemasons and also a bit of background to the organisation itself.

Lodge Templehall
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Episode 16...Lang Toun Cycles (Greener Kirkcaldy)

Susan Jeynes

Travel Development Worker

Greener Kirkcaldy is a local based charity focused on developing and promoting solutions to environmental and social problems facing the community including fuel poverty and food insecurity.

The organisation is also very keen to encourage cycling and has several projects running to make bikes more accessible to people including electronic bikes.

As from last year they now have their own bike shop located in the High Street called Lang Toun Cycles offering everything from bike hire to bike maintenance courses.

Today Michael is speaking with Susan Jeynes, Active Travel Development Worker, to find out what Greener Kirkcaldy offers the town’s residents who may be interested in getting into cycling.

Lang Toun Cycles
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Greener Kirkcaldy

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Episode 15...The Wee Wrigglers

Today Michael is speaking with Lauren Jones Outreach Worker with Torbain Parish

Church in Kirkcaldy. 


Like many places Torbain Church has had to tailor the services they offer the community to meet the ever changing regulations we are all dealing with. 


Lauren is here today to explain how the Church’s toddlers group is successfully adapting to the guidelines and continuing to offer support for parents.

Lauren Jones

Torbain Outreach Worker

The Wee Wrigglers
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Episode 14...A Veterans Best Friend

This week Michael is speaking with Mick Cairns founder of AVeteran's Best Friend.  As a former Royal Marine living with PTSD Mick has firsthand knowledge of the mental stress veterans can find themselves facing. Where Mick’s story is a little different is that he found support from his dog Sam.This led him to look into the benefits animals can have for people living with stress and ultimately to him forming his charity


Although currently without a premises Linton Lane is hoping to host this charity as soon as regulations make this possible.

Mick Cairns


A Veteran's Best Friend
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Episode 13...The Wells Near Me

Aleks Atanasova

Project Co-ordinator

This week Michael is speaking with Aleks Atanasova, Project Coordinator of the Fife Health and Social Care Partnership programme The Wells, a group set up in 2018 to provide proverbial wells of information to the community regarding everything going on in the local area. 


A Fife wide project, the Kirkcaldy branch of The Wells was operating from within the Mercat Centre in Kirkcaldy but due to Covid, has now had to move its operation online. 


Using interactive software the project is currently running under the name The Wells Near Me and is managing to continue to help people find what they are looking for - everything from knitting groups to advice on benefits.

The Wells Near Me
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Episode 12...David Latto - On Fife Artists in Residence

Today Marion is speaking with songwriter David Latto who is part of Fife Cultural Trust’s Artist Residences.

Inspired by a project he witnessed in London David has taken on the task of speaking to people in the local community and then turning their life stories into songs. 

These will include one of the Linton Lane group members Arthur Strutt and also

longtime friend of the Centre Tam The Hat Frame.

As with the recent shows this interview was recorded remotely.

David Latto

Project Songwriter

David Latto
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Episode 11...Siblings Reunited - The Star Project

Karen Morrison


Siblings Reunited otherwise known as the STAR project was formed in 2013 by Karen Morrison after she became aware of the large numbers of brothers and sisters who were being separated after going into care.  According to one study carried out at the University of Strathclyde it was found that seven in ten siblings are separated in the system.  This can then lead to years passing without contact.

As a foster Carer herself Karen had first-hand experience of these separations and set out to create a place where brother and sisters who had been separated could come together for a time to maintain contact throughout their period in care.  This led to the Creation of The Star Project – a farm location in the north of Fife which provides children with a wealth of activities which they can participate in with the family members they are separated from.

So far the project has reunited close to 500 children.

Siblings Reunited
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Episode 10...Pete's Man Chat Movement

Peter Melville

Group Creator

Hi there and welcome to the first Down The Lane With… episode of the New Year.

As everyone is painfully aware we are in the middle of strict regulations at the moment so this interview has been recorded via Skype.  Apologies for the lower quality of audio.

Today’s guest is Peter Melville who is the creator of the group “Pete’s Man Chat Movement” – a group aiming to provide men a place to come together and discuss difficulties in their lives and also a place to find ways of overcoming their problems in a welcoming social environment.

Pete's Man Chat Movement
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Episode 9...Linton Lane at Christmas

Centre Development Manager Mandy Henderson and Board member Frank Frame

This week in what will probably be the last podcast of the year for us Marion is speaking with the Development Manager of the Linton Lane Centre itself along with one of the Centre’s board members Frank Frame.

In a year which saw all of the groups suspended for months, some of which still are, and the very real danger of the Centre closing for good, Mandy managed to keep things open here providing a venue for the Foodbank all throughout the lockdown.  

And when things were looking very bleak the Centre found itself bailed out with the 

support of the local community in the form of incredibly generous donations.

So how has the last year been, what are the plans for Christmas and where does Linton Lane see itself going into next year and beyond?

Linton Lane at Christmas
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Episode 8...Raith Rovers

Community Foundation

Volunteer Stephen McCrimmon and

Development Manager Paul Greig

Raith Rovers Community Foundation is a local charity which is supported by Raith Rovers FC and the Scottish Professional Football League Trust.

Their aim is to support community development and community learning initiatives to help improve the lives and environment of local people in Central Fife and is the community arm of Raith Rovers Football Club.

Development Manager Paul Greig and volunteer Steven Macrimmon speak today with Marion Mcpherson about what the organisation provides and what they are hoping to achieve over the Christmas season.

Raith Rovers Community Foundation
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Episode 7...The Balwearie Befrienders

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Roslyn, Finton,

Rosie and Camryn

A few weeks ago I spoke with Teresa Naylor from the befriending charity Care and Share Companionship.  She told me about a group of pupils from Balwearie High School in Kirkcaldy who had taken up an offer of writing to the people who would normally be visited by Care and Share but for reasons regarding Covid were forced into isolation.


I am joined to day by Roslyn, Finton, Rosie and Camryn who helped keep lines of sommunication open to people who may otherwise have been left with no-one.

The Balwearie Befrienders
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Episode 6...The Cottage Family Centre

Pauline Buchan


The cottage family centre in Templehall has been serving the local community for over thiry years providing  a service which caters for the needs of families with pre-school children.

Having remained open throughout the year despite the disruption of Covid, The Cottage is now in the process of organising their annual Christmas Appeal with a target of £35,000

Marion McPherson is joined today by Cottage Manager Pauline Buchan to discuss the background of the charity and how people can help with their appeal.

The Cottage Family Centre
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Episode 5...Home Start Kirkcaldy

Home Start Kirkcaldy is part of a 268 strong network making up the Home Start Service.  Each week volunteers visit families with young children who may be struggling with isolation, bereavement, multiple births, illness, disability or who are just finding parenting a struggle .

Eleanor Thomson

Senior Co-ordinator

Home Start Kirkcaldy
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Episode 4...Care and Share Companionship

Teresa Naylor


Care and Share Companionship is a Kirkcaldy based charity founded in 2019 by Teresa Naylor.  Their aim is to provide a befriending service by matching volunteers with their clients -  or "friends" as they are referred to by the organisation - in the hope of creating sustained companionship which has mutual benefit to both the volunteer and the friend.

Care and Share Companionship
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Episode 3...Kirkcaldy in 50 Objects

Alan Crombie

Project Researcher

Kirkcaldy In 50 Objects  is a project which  began in 2020 by three local history enthusiasts. Every month it showcases a part of Kirkcaldy's heritage via their website and the local press.  Project researcher Alan Crombie explains how the project came about and what he hopes it will mean for the town.

Kirkcaldy in 50 Objects
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Episode 2...Grow Baby

Julie Struthers

Founding member

Growbaby Fife is a charity founded by Kirkcaldy Vineyard Church.   Their goal is to provide free good quality clothes & equipment to families with children aged 0-5 years. Reaching out to anyone who needs it, regardless of faith, background or income.

Grow Baby
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Episode 1...ADAPT

David Dempster,

Substance Misuse Manager

ADAPT is the main drug and alcohol triage service in Fife. It provides assessment of need and referral to specialist drug and alcohol services within the NHS and Third Sector.
Michael McLaren speaks with Substance Misuse Manager David Dempster to look at what ADAPT offers and how if is having  a positive effect on the local community.

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