RIP to a “well used and empowering” youth project as Fife Council cuts their funding by 100%

I am deeply saddened that Penumbra, a charity that supports mental health and wellbeing, has discovered that its youth project funding is to be cut by 100% by the Labour-controlled Fife Council.

Penumbra Youth Project, which has run successfully since 2003 and is delivered in every secondary school in Fife, is a key service that provides mental health and wellbeing support to young people throughout the Kingdom. On a weekly basis, every Fife school has had the support of a Penumbra worker who has provided one-to-one couching, group work, drop-in sessions and awareness raising activities. It has been described as “well used and empowering” by a local high school head teacher in Glenrothes.
However, this drastic cut, which is a result of the 2015/16 Fife Council budget, has left Penumbra with no choice but to close the service as of March 2016.

I am appalled that this decision has been taken without any consultation with Penumbra, and that no explanation has been offered to the charity as to how or why this decision was reached.

It is astonishing that the Labour-run Fife Council has such obvious disregard for the contribution made by Penumbra in Fife. This is at a time when there is increased awareness in mental health, concerted efforts from charities and the Scottish Government to remove any societal stigmas, and when the Scottish Government has just, last month, announced a further £54.1 million to improve access to mental health services, bringing the additional spending to £150 million. Labour’s decision to force the closure of this essential service is the exact opposite of what should be done to promote positive mental health for our children.

Please sign the petition to Leader of the Labour-run Fife Council, Cllr David Ross, asking for this decision to be reversed: https://www.change.org/p/fife-council-scottish-parliament-support-children-and-young-people-s-mental-health-in-fife-penumbra-youth-project-fife

3 thoughts on “RIP to a “well used and empowering” youth project as Fife Council cuts their funding by 100%”

  1. This news will bring a knowing smile to many an SNP supporter’s face. It will have many Labour supporters ask,
    WHY ? After we voted for you and your party.
    WHY When you, Ms Dugdale, stand in Holyrood each week as leader of the Anti-SNP group, cosy-ing up to the Tory one man party,
    WHY ? When you spout venom at every opportunity at the SNP, do you not halt the Fife Labour regime when they do the very thing you accuse SNP of doing ?
    WHY ? do you not turn on your own party and condemn the Labour led Fife Council when they turn on the people who you purport to defend against SNP cuts ?
    Nicola Sturgeon could now wipe the parliamentary floor with you but she will not. Rather, she will be magnanimous towards you since your lack of leadership has just given the SNP several hundred more supporters in Fife.
    Vote for the new Tory/Labour party. if you prefer a dependant Scotland, Forever dependant on the English government.

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