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Winners of the Central & Fife vote!

The Ecology Centre situated on the 20 acre site on the banks of Kinghorn Loch in Fife began as a small, volunteer-run community venture and now employs eight members of staff.

Through the Centre’s Enviro-mentors project, over 50s who are retired, long-term unemployed, or unable to work due to health problems will be given the chance to develop and share the skills that they have built up over years of experience. Good conservation practices and sustainable working methods are a fundamental part of the centre's work. A wide range of activities focusing on the environment will be on offer. Through physical activity and community involvement the over 50s will benefit their health and general well-being.

A key element of The Ecology Centre’s work is the mentoring of young people. The experience that the 50-plus age group can offer is an important tool in helping young people with limited means and opportunities, , to gain new skills as well as a broader perspective on life, perhaps not so readily available from their peers. By passing on their own skills, the over 50s will feel more enabled and confident in themselves, at the same time building new friendships and contributing to the community.

What the group says:

Why should people vote for you?

People should vote for Enviro-mentors as we will offer exciting opportunities to the over 50's in the natural environment,. Helping the older generation to meet new people and make new friends, and pass on their skills to a younger generation through mentoring.

What will you spend the money on?

The money will be spent on staff to support the project, training for the over 50's, an improved base for volunteers and materials and equipment for activities.

The Ecology Centre website

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