Many of us look forward to the festive season as a time when we can spend quality time with family and friends. Christmas dinner is often a highlight, when we enjoy good food in good company.
But for individuals affected by homelessness, 25 December is often just another day. Isolated from the people who matter most to them and struggling to find shelter and make ends meet, there can be little time for celebrations.
That’s why Kingdom Support and Care (KSC) is making sure that individuals affected by homelessness can enjoy the good things many of us take for granted. Our homeless accommodation services in Dunfermline, Inverkeithing, Kirkcaldy and Rosyth are hosting Christmas dinners, enabled in part by the generosity of the local business community.
Margo McBennett, a long-serving Support Worker in Dunfermline’s James Bank accommodation service, said:
“I have worked on Christmas Day almost every year since I joined KSC. We want the boys and girls we support to have a good day.
Many of the individuals we work with don’t have family support. We want them to feel they are part of the KSC family. We want people to feel included and that’s especially important at this time of year.”
A new cooker, purchased with the support of Ending Homelessness Together funding from our partners at Fife Council, will ensure Christmas dinner is piping hot at our accommodation in Hunter House, Kirkcaldy. Although the individuals KSC supports have cooking facilities in their flats, there were no communal facilities where people could prepare and enjoy a meal together.
Service Coordinator, Karen Gregory, who manages KSC’s accommodation at Hunter House, said:
“When people don’t have a home, they don’t have anywhere to cook. The support of Fife Council will help the individuals we support to develop an important life skill – the ability to make a nutritious and tasty meal for themselves – and to enjoy a good Christmas dinner in good company”