We pride ourselves on providing services for everyone – not least at the heart of poorer communities – particularly through our library network where we are actively working to tackle poverty and inequalities across Fife and by the work of our Creative Development team.
2017/18 saw us involved in the delivery of the first ever Fife Pride event in Kirkcaldy. The purpose of Pride is to break down barriers and encourage members of the Fife LGBTI community to be #BeProudBeYou. The event involved a march along Kirkcaldy High Street and was followed by a whole host of entertainment for all in a marquee in the Town Square. We hosted the Youth Zone in the Adam Smith Theatre where there was live music, balloons, face painting, henna tattoos, mocktails, arts and crafts and lots more.
We provide public access to some 244 PCs, with IT support to those who are less confident in their use. We work with partner agencies to ensure that community members in need of welfare support and assistance are able to receive this help through our library facilities. As a reflection of how necessary a service this has become, there were over 187,000 PC bookings over the last year.
Finally in this context, the Mobile Library service had its second major review of its routes and stops. Changes were made in order to make the routes and van maintenance more efficient and ensure that the staff had sufficient travel time.
In addition, new stops were introduced in the final 3 communities where static libraries had closed at the end of 2016/17. These changes have resulted in a small decrease in book issues this year. However we have seen an increase of 1,193 Home Delivery Service book issues reaching 38 Nursing Homes and Sheltered Housing complexes and 243 individuals with a total of 35,880 issues. The service is becoming centralised and standardised ensuring that service for home delivery readers across Fife is of the same high standard regardless of where the readers live.
A further 5,893 children were entertained in our theatre spaces by a range of kids only shows throughout the year, from the intimate Puppet Animation Festival and Starcatchers productions to main auditorium hits like ‘Tiger Who Came to Tea’ and of course the popular Fun Box , which rolled into Adam Smith Theatre, Carnegie Hall and Rothes Halls.
Fife Cultural Trust supports people and communities in Fife to have equal access to services and support whilst providing community spaces that help to tackle social isolation and encourage community cohesion.
The majority of our services are free at the point of access and are positioned at the heart of communities to maximise our reach. We have adapted our delivery models to address the challenges that the geography of Fife presents; with mobile libraries, home book delivery and a mobile museum bringing learning, entertainment and creative engagement to our most isolated community members.
The Adam Smith Theatre is renowned for running a varied film programme throughout the year. With everything from Blockbuster cinema hits and family favourites to cult classics and sing-a-longs we have something to suit everyone’s tastes. We are proud to say that we are an inclusive cinema as we increase the number of captioned films shown to ensure that we are as accessible to our patrons as possible.
ONFife is delighted to work in partnership with Starcatchers, hosting the Lochgelly-centre based project Expecting Something, which works with new, young and expectant parents under 25 and their babies, providing a weekly safe space to spend time with their babies and peers whilst engaging in artist-lead creative activities. The project has empowered young parents, boosted their confidence and helped to forge new relationships and develop strong bonds with their babies through regular and continued contact with arts and creativity.