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Our Background

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Definition

 

Companionship : is having someone you know and like with you, rather than being on your own.    Collins English Dictionary.

Care and Share Companionship was originally established by Teresa Naylor in April 2019, and despite the challenges that came with managing a small and very young charity during the Covid Pandemic, Care and Share has thrived. 

We know people are living longer, family dynamics have changed – more people are living away from home, people who have shared a lifetime together now often find themselves alone.  Confidence, self-esteem and health can all be affected.  Who is there to support and care?  Statutory services do a fantastic job however, we know how stretched they are, and they have time restraints.

We endeavour to provide opportunities for social engagment and participation for our 'Friends' to promote health, wellbeing and belonging. We are supported by our fantastic and dedicated Board of Trustees and we are deeply grateful to our funding by the Fife Health & Social Care Partnership.  We also receive donations from organisations and families of the people we visit.

Going forward we would like to connect with local businesses as well as people living in the community who may have a few hours to volunteer,  give suggestions or ideas to support us in tailoring our support to the needs of people over the age of 60.

Following Teresa's well deserved retirement in February 2024, Brenna Nyznik and Kim O'Brien have since taken up the reins as Manager and Community Coordinator, and are now looking to build and expand upon the wonderful community foundations that Care and Share has built, so that we may continue to grow and support increasing numbers of elderly people living in isolation and loneliness in and around Kirkcaldy.  

 

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