First Minister meets volunteers from Broke Not Broken

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Broke Not Broken secretary Annie MCCormack , First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Broke Not Broken Chair Clare Slight at the food bank

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited Kinross-shire charity Broke Not Broken to hear from volunteers about the amazing work of the food bank and the community advice hub.

Broke Not Broken food bank operates from The Beacon in Kinross and was formed five years ago. The charity recently added a local Advice Hub at Loch Leven Health Centre which provides information and community sign posting to a wide range of services including dementia, disability employment and welfare rights.

The current Chair of Broke Not Broken Clare Slight and the trustees are the driving force behind the charity which provides a food bank, local advice hub as well as supporting various community projects. The charity is also very fortunate to have a group of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers who are committed to providing this community service.

The First Minister met with volunteers and GPs to hear about the service and how this joined up working with agencies benefits the community. Loch Leven Health Centre GP Dr McCracken also explained to the First Minister that having the hub based in the Health Centre has made referring patients to the hub that much easier and has contributed to a reduction in prescribing.

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Project Worker Shona Fowler chatting with First Minister

Perth and Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership Project Worker Shona Fowler, who works in partnership with the charity, said, “We were delighted to be invited to be part of the First Minister’s visit as key partners to Broke Not Broken. It was particularly rewarding to see the local volunteers’ work recognised.

“Broke Not Broken really does epitomise what can be achieved when people are fully committed to supporting their local community. For those who find themselves in crisis, The Beacon and the Advice Hub at Loch Leven Health Centre can be a lifeline not only because people can access the food bank but more importantly because individuals are able to be connected with local sources of support.”

The usual opening times for Broke Not Broken food bank at The Beacon is Tuesday and Thursday between 10am to 2pm and the Advice Hub at Loch Leven Health Centre is open every week each Thursday (all day) and on Friday mornings.

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First Minister meets volunteers and Loch leven health Centre staff

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