Greener Kirkcaldy is a community-led charity working locally to bring people together, take positive action on the climate emergency and support people through fuel poverty and food insecurity. We deliver a range of projects, events and skills training to achieve the needs and goals of local people – building resilience as a community and working towards a future where everyone can live better and tread more lightly on our planet.
Based in the heart of Kirkcaldy – with a community building, training kitchen, bike shop and garden – we carry out activities across Kirkcaldy and work with partners to deliver projects across Fife.
We have been working in Kirkcaldy since 2009. We currently employ 40 staff, have around 100 regular volunteers and over 900 members. We are governed by a volunteer management committee, elected from our membership. Anyone in the Kirkcaldy area can become a member.
Greener Kirkcaldy has three key values guiding all of our work:
- Protecting the Environment – we are concerned with reducing carbon emissions, improving our local environment, and reconnecting people with nature
- Social Justice – we wish to reduce inequalities and help people in hardship, in particular those in fuel or food poverty
- Choosing our Own Goals as a Community – we want to inspire and empower our community to have a say in what happens locally, and to have a sense of ownership of Greener Kirkcaldy
These values were chosen collectively by staff, management committee members and volunteers in 2013, using the Common Cause framework. They underpin everything we do and influence how we do it. We use these values when planning, delivering and evaluating our activities to ensure that we “walk the talk” environmentally and that our approach is inclusive, participatory and accessible to all.