Who We Are

Based in Kirkcaldy, Nourish Support Centre provides much needed and life-changing support to families in Fife who have additional support needs.

 

Having a child with disabilities affects the whole family and not only causes worries and anxieties, it often causes loneliness, isolation, poor mental health and poverty.

 

Founded in 2011, Nourish was established by five parents who wanted to address the significant gaps in support available for families in their situation and understood the daily challenges they face.

 

Our approach centres on three principles:

 

Bringing families together – meeting with other families in a similar situation provides vital support, reduces feelings of isolation and improves wellbeing. 

 

Supporting the whole family – our services support children with additional support needs, parents and siblings. Because children don’t stay children forever, we also support families with adults with additional support needs.

 

Holistic support in a one stop shop – we know how the different challenges facing families with additional support needs and we understand the importance of being able to access a wide range of emotional, practical and financial support in one place.

 

 We evaluate our services through regular consultation with our families. In a recent survey, 87% of families told us their experience of using our services was excellent. 75% of families said we provided opportunities to socialise in a safe environment that suits everyone’s needs. 71% felt respected, welcome and amongst friends. 70% felt support for their whole family. 58% felt less lonely or isolated.

 

We aim to provide a welcoming and safe space for people to meet others in a similar situation and access help and support. We run our services from our family support centre, in Elizabeth House. Previously based in multi-use buildings which restricted when we could offer our services, we are now in dedicated premises with flexible space and separate areas/rooms for different activities.  We are able to provide family support services 5 days/week; our long-term aim is to grow our service provision to 7 days/week.

 

Nourish is the only organisation in Fife providing this holistic support to families with additional support needs. We work with other relevant organisations to raise awareness/reach out to new families and provide better services and support e.g.  Smart Play, Enable and the Carers Centre.   Many of our trustees, staff and volunteers are parents/carers of children with a disability, or have a disability themselves.

 

During Covid we have continued to support our families, adapting our services, for example, delivering food parcels to families, offering online family support sessions, organising outdoor play sessions and setting up a partnership with Amazon for donations of clothing and household items.