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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 18...Fife Gingerbread

Kerry Jones

Support Worker

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.

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

David Latto

Project Songwriter

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
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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

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.

Julie Struthers

Founding member

Grow Baby
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David Dempster,

Substance Misuse Manager

Episode 1...ADAPT

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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