A community hub in Cowdenbeath that supports veterans and those struggling with the cost of living crisis and loneliness is preparing for a busy winter.

The Knights Templar Goodwill charity was founded by veterans in March 2021. It supports hundreds of people across the area as well as working in some of Scotland’s cities.

Fife MSP Alex Rowley met with organisers this week at Thistle Innovation Park and saw the “amazing” work that the volunteers do.

He said: “The level of enthusiasm to help others from this group is just brilliant and I want to thank those who have built this charity and the 29 volunteers that do so much to help others in these difficult times.

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“The Hub is used as both a collection point and a place where people can pop in and pick up a care pack without having any stigma or embarrassment attached. At The Hub people are also able to get a bite to eat, prepared food to take away as well as clothing, other essentials and a warm friendly environment.”

Everyone is made welcome at The Hub. Alex Rowley added: “I know that many are struggling at this time but some are struggling a lot more than others and these volunteers are there helping those who struggle most. Their message is don’t struggle on your own, pop in for a chat and help is available.