In 2018, we carried out a public consultation with over 80 people asking:
‘what would you like to see within your local community?’
Participant included; Auchmuty Community Connectors, YMCA residents, neighbours and local individuals and families.
Results from the consultation concluded that local individuals wanted:
- Help to get active – the barriers such as costs and travel to be removed
- To have the opportunity to learn new skills such as DIY and gardening
- To have local community volunteering opportunities available to them
- Local amenities to be improved for themselves and their children
We are therefore proud to announce that funding received throughout 2019-20 from the National Lottery Community Fund, as well as additional funding from Fife Environmental Trust, Fife Council and Cycling Scotland has now helped turn this dream into a reality!
After a lot of planning, works officially commenced in January 2020. Over the coming months the garden will be transformed into a space that can be enjoyed by the local community, one which will also improve the quality of lives of YMCA residents and individuals and families.
Opening in summer 2020, the new community garden will:
-Improve health and mental well-being for the community with free access to an outdoor gym
-Involving local volunteers to help YMCA residents grow food and plants in raised beds
-Holding DIY classes and gardening workshops to build skills and increase confidence
-Combat social isolation by creating space where people can socialise and children can play
-Encourage people to reach their full potential through volunteering opportunities
-Encourage environmental awareness through education and increased recycling facilities