What a year it’s been – never in the Centre’s 22 year history have we had to close for so long. Like everyone across the world we felt fear, worry and uncertainty about what was happening and it was difficult for us not to be able to see or support our volunteers and the children who we work closely with in schools.
We were able to re-open late July and it was wonderful to welcome everyone back, although things are a little different with all the safety measures in place. But if it means being open, together and safe then we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Before lockdown struck we were sad to learn of the sudden passing of our dear volunteer Douglas Ward. Douglas was one of our supported volunteers who came to the Centre every Wednesday with a smile on his face ready to get on with ‘his work’. We all miss him, his chat and hearing his infectious laugh. We hope to bring our volunteers, staff and Douglas’s family together later in the new year and when it is safe to do so to plant a tree in his memory.
Our volunteer - Douglas Ward
At the start of October Claire Reid our Education Manager left the Centre to take up a new role with Barnardo’s. Claire was with the centre for over 10 years. She started as a volunteer and soon became a key member of the staff team and took forward our outdoor learning and therapeutic programmes. She shared her love of nature and the outdoors with so many adults and children around Fife and she has inspired, supported and taught people about how to care for our planet and the healing benefits of time spent in nature.
Claire Reid - off to pastures new
We wished her all the best in her new role at Barnardo’s – they are very lucky to have her. We will be updating you about our plans going forward for the Education team early in the new year.
As we approach the end of what has been a very strange and difficult year for everyone – we’re determined to go into the new year with optimism. The team are working hard on funding applications, developing new projects where we can support those in need and with nature at the heart of them. We’re also looking forward to hopefully welcoming more people back into the Centre in 2021.
We think that our Chair Chrissie Miles –puts it best:
“We have all been through the mill together. But together is the most important word in there, because it is what has kept us going, a shared determination not to give up on something we care about so deeply.”
"COVID-19 has impacted everyone this year, but by working together and supporting each other we can go forward together."
The staff, committee and volunteers would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported the Centre this year – whether that’s been through a like or share on Facebook or if you have made a donation to our Tree of Hope appeal or a tool donation. It all makes a difference and we are very grateful to all our friends and followers. Thank you!
Please note the Centre will close for the Christmas break on Friday 18th December and will re-open again on Monday 18th January 2021 - unless the Government advises on a new date. We hope everyone has a healthy and happy Christmas and new year – see you in 2021!
Picture - Our volunteer Cameron, enjoying his Christmas lunch last week. While we are not able to do our usual Christmas lunch, our Centre Assistant Lisa pulled out all the stops to make sure that we brought a little bit of Christmas cheer to the Centre! It was lovely to all get together (in a socially distanced way!)