ABOUT NORTH EAST FIFE COMMUNITY HUB
The inspiration for the North East Fife Community Hub came from a group of local people working in health and social care who realised there was an urgent need in this area for a safe meeting space providing affordable food, services and positive activity. Our vision was for a place open to the whole community which did not segregate people by age or ability, but which welcomed all and especially catered for anyone struggling with health needs, social isolation and financial hardship.
After a couple of years spent making contacts, searching for premises and conducting a formal consultation with the local community, it was confirmed that there was 100% local support for a Community Hub, along with 94% support for a café selling affordable, healthy food. We were able to establish the North East Fife Community Hub as a Company limited by guarantee with Charitable Status and launched our pilot project – a Community Café – in May 2018. This would begin to serve as a one-stop shop, providing safe meeting space, social interaction and relevant social and health-related activities and services to the local community. We were delighted to be able to use the local Social Club as a temporary premise and most latterly the Hall at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church.
Board of Directors
As an experienced nurse with a wide clinical and management profile; ranging from staffing and training, to facilities, project and case management within the NHS and private sector. Cath is currently employed by Pilgrim Care where she set up the Parish Nursing service for the elderly within St Andrews. She also volunteers for the NHS Fife Chaplaincy Listening Service and is an active member of Cupar Old Parish Church. She has chaired parent councils and a swimming club as well as being currently part of the St Andrews Sailing Club. Together with a core group she was the driving force behind the creation of the Community Hub.
Stewart is currently retired having previously worked in applied chemistry in the agricultural and industrial sectors for around 30 years. Since retiring he has sought to use the skills he gained during his working life as a communicator and manager to further the programmes of various voluntary organisations in St Andrews including the North East Fife Credit Union and Food Bank. He is an active member of Hope Park and Martyrs Church.
Before his recent retirement John was a Solicitor with MacRoberts since 1982 and as a Partner since 1986. He worked in their Glasgow office until 2013 when he moved to Dundee to establish the then new Dundee office. He has worked with other charities and currently with the Cumnock Tryst which he chairs and Wormit Parish Church where he is a trustee.
Jane Harrison Smith
A former teacher in a very derived area and Child Protection Coordinator with special interests in Restorative Approaches, Autistic Spectrum conditions, Jane is currently the Church Administrator and an Elder at St Leonard’s Parish Church, St Andrews. Jane has also experience as a PA on a country estate overseeing building projects, recruiting and managing staff, cash handling, and organising high-end fundraising and social events.
With a background in Housing, Housing Benefit Fraud, Homelessness and Energy Conservation, Jane is currently employed as the Manager for the St Andrews Environmental Network working with families in Fuel Poverty, Clean & Green, and the Environmental Squad to improve the town of St Andrews. She is also employed by Community Share for Climate Care, a carbon reduction project in St Andrews. Jane is a founder Director of the Friends of Craigtoun, a charity set up to save and develop Craigtoun Country Park and one of four Directors on the Park Management Committee.
Blair Hamilton Smith
A qualified general practitioner with a specialism in pain medicine, Blair is currently employed as a Clinical Professor at the School of Medicine, University of Dundee. Other local roles include Elder and Depute Session Clerk at St Leonard’s Church Parish, St Andrews, volunteer for NHS Tayside Community Chaplaincy Listening Service and Vice Chair of St Andrews United Football Club.
Maureen has lived in St Andrews since 1974. She is retired, having worked as an educational psychologist for Fife Council, latterly with staff and budget management responsibilities. She is an elder of St Leonard’s Parish Church, and has been a psychologist assessor for the Church of Scotland. Through membership of the Church’s World Mission Council she was for a time a director of its hotel in Tiberias and guesthouse in Jerusalem. She has served on the Boards of StAnza Poetry Festival and Hadeel/Palcrafts, a Palestinian Fair Trade organisation.
Community Hub Staff
David Anderson - Project Coordinator
David has worked as a Chef for over 35 years. Throughout his career his roles have included working at Balbirnie House Hotel, The Old Course, Elmwood Golf Course and more recently the University of St Andrews. David has always had a passion for cooking however, felt now was the time for a slight change in career direction. This change of direction lead to David working with Ageless Companions, a service providing individuals with companionship within their own home, a role David has found extremely rewarding. When the position of Project Coordinator at the NEFCH became available David saw this as a fantastic opportunity to combine his skills as a chef and also his passion for helping others.
David lives in St Andrews with his partner and teenager daughter. They have two dogs, Wilson and Eddie, and enjoy walks around St Andrews and further afield. Prior to the pandemic David was learning to play the drums, something he hopes to resume soon. David also enjoy family trips around Scotland in their touring caravan.
Paul Kirk - Janitor
Paul has over 15 years experiance in the flooring trade and a host of other skills that he has brought with him to the Community Hub.
Paul has lived in St Andrews his whole life. Early on in his career he worked in the kitchen trade until his early 20's when he decided to have a career change into flooring. Around 2017 Paul decided to try out self employment as a handyman until 2021
Paul is a single father of 2 children
(Megan 8yr old) , (Austin 7yr old)
Paul is also helping bring up his partner (Claire) child as his own (Nathan 7yr old)
Georgiana Mazilu - St Leonard's Church Community Outreach Officer
Georgiana is originally from Romania. She worked in Romania as a Public Prosecutor and lawyer. She has lived in St Andrews since 1999.
The last 18 years Georgiana was self employed as a Web Designer working with small businesses, artists and worked in several projects with University of St Andrews.
Since she came to Scotland she volunteered with British Heart Foundation, Transition at University of St Andrews, the Community Hub.
She is passionate about travelling, cooking, reading and meeting new people.