Cowdenbeath Area

Cost of living support

Cowdenbeath Area

To help with the rising cost of living there's a range of support in the local area.

While every effort has been made to provide accurate and up-to-date information on this website, this may be subject to change at short notice. Always double-check before heading out.

Staying Safe and Keeping Well

The ‘Staying Safe and Keeping Well’ booklet contains useful tips and information which anyone in Fife can use when trying to cope with difficult times.

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Foodbanks and community cafés

Below is a list of locations and organisations supporting the people of Fife by providing short term access to emergency food and support for people experiencing a crisis.

  • Benarty Food Bank

    BRAG Centre, Main Street, Crosshill, Lochgelly, KY5 8BJ
    Food Bank
    We provide a minimum of three days' nutritionally balanced, tinned and dried food donated by the local community.
    Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 4.00pm to 6.00pm
    Free
    www.trusselltrust.org/get-help/find-a-foodbank/dunfermline/
    info@dunfermline.foodbank.org.uk
    07580 231 286
  • Cardenden Community Fridge

    Bowhill Community Centre, 145 Station Road, Cardenden, KY5 0BW
    Community Fridge/Larder/Pantry
    The fridge is open to anyone who requires the service and runs on a free membership system. Members can choose essential grocery items based on need and the number in their household. Volunteers pack chosen items into bags for each member. On Fridays we offer a pre-cooked takeaway meal and any meals not given out are frozen and distributed on Mondays.
    Opening hours: Mondays 1.00pm to 3.00pm and Fridays 2.00pm to 4.00pm. 
    Free
  • Cowdenbeath Food Bank

    Fountain Meeting Rooms, Broad Street, Cowdenbeath, KY4 8JA
    Food Bank
    Referral needed for food parcels. Your local food banks work with referral agencies to issue food vouchers to those in need of emergency food in times of crisis. We provide a minimum of three days' nutritionally balanced, tinned and dried food donated by the local community.
    Opening hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4.00pm to 6.00pm
    Free
    www.trusselltrust.org/get-help/find-a-foodbank/dunfermline/
    info@dunfermline.foodbank.org.uk
    07580 231 286
  • Lo'gelly Lunches

    Town Hall, Bank St, Lochgelly, KY5 9RE
    Community Café
    Community Café - Offering lunch for you to drop in and have a bite to eat, relax and have a chat. Enjoy some homemade soup, sandwiches and home baking with a tea/coffee. Community Larder - offering groceries, toiletries and pre-cooked home meals. Our service operates a delivery and drop-in service. There is also Welfare Support staff available at this time.
    Opening hours: Community Café open every Tuesday 11.00am to 1.00pm Community Larder open every Friday 10.00am to 1.00pm
    Free
    www.facebook.com/Logelly-Lunches-359811728217548/
  • MAX's Meals

    Maxwell Centre, 70 Stenhouse Street, Cowdenbeath, KY4 9DD
    Community Fridge/Larder/Pantry
    Pop in and collect a variety of FREE Prepared meals and other items from our community fridge and larder – Everyone welcome
    Opening hours: Thursdays from 12.00pm to 1.00pm
    Free
  • Max's Light Bites

    Maxwell Centre, 70 Stenhouse Street, Cowdenbeath, KY4 9DD
    Community Café
    Pop in for free soup or stovies, this is a sit in provison, chat with others, find out about groups and courses, volunteering and welfare support advice available if required.
    Opening hours: Mondays 1.00pm to 2.30pm
    Free
  • Oor Wee Café

    Kelty Community Centre, Main Street, Kelty, KY4 0AQ
    Community Café
    Oor Wee café has 2 provisions running every Tuesday from 11.30am to 1.00pm. A community cafe in one room and a food provision in the other room, The community café is a sit in café where customers get a hot meal, tea/coffee and cake. It works on a pay what you can afford basis (donations) The grocery provision is a provision with take away cooked meals and groceries such as tins, pet food, toiletries etc are on offer to take away. This also works on a pay what you can afford basis. Both are open to anyone that wants to use them. Everyone is welcome.
    Opening hours: Tuesdays 11.30am to 1.30pm
    Donation
    www.facebook.com/OorWeeCafe/
    oorweecafe@yahoo.com
    07563 380 176
  • S.H.I.E.L.D


    Surplus Food
    Surplus Food Waste is a community group that works with supermarkets and retailers to provide much needed surplus food waste to those who need it most. We do this by organising surplus popups in public community areas.
    Opening hours: Information of pop up locations with dates and times available on Facebook page
    Donation
    www.facebook.com/groups/shieldsurplus
  • Salvation Army

    Stenhouse Street, Cowdenbeath, KY4 9DD
    Food Parcels
    Emergency Food Support
    Opening hours: drop in’ facility on a Tuesdays 10.00am to 12.00pm
    Free
    cowdenbeath@salvationarmy.org.uk
    01383 513 384 OR 07741 906 029
  • The Clearing

    239 High Street, Cowdenbeath, KY4 9QF
    Food Parcels
    Meal in a bag on a Monday, scheme whereby we measure out the ingredients for a family meal, give everything required, including recipe, advice on nutrition and budgeting and extra food. Opportunity to come and cook the food with help from our cook. Food for Families" on Fridays from 10.00am to 1.00pm at the Clearing when we give fresh food and household supplies to families. Call 07802 414 418 to register for this.
    Opening hours: Telephone 07802 414 418 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10.00am and 1.00pm to arrange a time for collection.
    Free
    www.facebook.com/streetpastorbase
    theclearing@btinternet.com
    07802 414 418
  • The Pantry @BRAG

    Crosshill Community Enterpise Centre, Main Street, Crosshill, KY5 8BJ
    Community Fridge/Larder/Pantry
    Pantry Shop where customers can choose ten items from the shelves or fridges plus help themselves to as much bread, vegetables, nappies and sanitary products that they need. The cost is still £3 for to use the shop and £4 for deliveries.
    Opening hours: Thursdays 1.00pm to 3.00pm
    £3
    www.facebook.com/bragenterprises
    enquiries@brag.co.uk

Cafe Inc

Cafe Inc is a free lunch club for children, and young people. It provides tasty, healthy meals for our young people, while our schools are closed during the holidays. No need to book, just turn up. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult, who can also have a meal.

  • Benarty Primary School

    67-69 Lochleven Road, Lochgelly
    Hot Meals and Packed Lunches
    Availability:
     Monday 1 April to Friday 5 April
     Monday 8 April to Friday 12 April
     11:45am - 1pm
  • Bowhill Centre

    145 Station Rd, Cardenden, Lochgelly
    Hot Meals and Packed Lunches
    Availability:
     Monday 1 April to Friday 5 April
     Monday 8 April to Friday 12 April
     12pm - 1pm
  • Cowdenbeath Primary School

    45 Broad Street, Cowdenbeath
    Hot Meals and Packed Lunches
    Availability:
     Monday 1 April to Friday 5 April
     Monday 8 April to Friday 12 April
     11:45am - 1pm
  • Hill of Beath Community Centre

    Main St, Hill of Beath, Cowdenbeath
    Cold Packed Lunches
    Availability:
     Monday 1 April to Friday 5 April
     Monday 8 April to Friday 12 April
     11:45am - 1pm
  • Kelty Primary School

    90-92 Main St, Kelty
    Hot Meals and Packed Lunches
    Availability:
     Monday 1 April to Friday 5 April
     Monday 8 April to Friday 12 April
     11:45am - 1pm
  • Lochgelly Town Hall

    Bank St, Lochgelly
    Hot Meals and Packed Lunches
    Availability:
     Monday 1 April to Friday 5 April
     Monday 8 April to Friday 12 April
     11:45am - 1pm
  • Lumphinanns Bowling Club

    Cowdenbeath
    Cold Packed Lunches
    Availability:
     Monday 1, Wednesday 3 and Friday 5 April
     Monday 8, Wednesday 10 and Friday 12 April
     11:45am - 1pm

Warm Welcome/ Community Assistance

Warm Welcome venues will be established in various venues and settings across the area which are designed to offer safe, warm places for people in our communities to spend time, participate in activities and access support.

  • Benarty Community Centre

    82 Flockhouse Ave, Ballingry, Lochore, Lochgelly KY5 8JH
    Opening hours • Friday: 11am - 2pm
    What's on offer: Arts and crafts
    Arts and crafts, with free hot drinks.
  • Benarty Community Centre

    82 Flockhouse Ave, Ballingry, Lochore, Lochgelly KY5 8JH
    Opening hours • Monday: 11am – 3pm • Tuesday: 11am – 3pm • Wednesday: 11am – 3pm • Thursday: 11am – 3pm • Friday: 11am – 3pm
    What's on offer: Free tea/coffee;Free activities;Welfare support advice;
    Free tea/coffee, board games and support information
  • Benarty Community Centre

    82 Flockhouse Ave, Ballingry, Lochore, Lochgelly KY5 8JH
    Opening hours • Friday: 11am - 2pm
    What's on offer: Benarty Events Group - Companion Club
    Free tea/coffee, hot food and entertainment.
  • Benarty Community Centre

    82 Flockhouse Ave, Ballingry, Lochore, Lochgelly KY5 8JH
    Opening hours • Wednesday: 12 - 12.45pm
    What's on offer: Gentle exercise class
    Free gentle exercise class with tea/coffee available for all participants.
  • Bowhill Community Centre, Cardenden

    145 Station Rd, Cardenden KY5 0BW
    Opening hours • Wednesday: 1pm-1:45pm
    What's on offer: Gentle exercise class
    Free gentle exercise class with tea/coffee available for all participants.
  • Bowhill Community Centre, Cardenden

    145 Station Rd, Cardenden KY5 0BW
    Opening hours • Monday: 11am-3pm • Tuesday: 11am-3pm • Wednesday: 11am-3pm • Thursday: 11am-3pm • Friday: 11am-3pm
    What's on offer: Free tea/coffee;Free activities;Welfare support advice;
    Free tea/coffee, board games and support information
  • Bowhill Community Centre, Cardenden

    145 Station Rd, Cardenden KY5 0BW
    Opening hours • Thursday: 1:15pm-2:45pm
    What's on offer: Arts and crafts
    Arts and crafts, with free hot drinks.
  • Central Park

    Central Park, High Street, Cowdenbeath, Fife, KY4 9QQ
    Opening hours • Thursday: 12pm-2pm
    What's on offer: Soup, sandwich, tea, coffee. Activities like films, games, quizzez.
    Soup, sandwich, tea, coffee. Activities like films, games, quizzez.
  • Corrie Centre

    Carden Avenue, cardenden, Lochgelly, KY5 0EL
    Opening hours • Wednesday: 2pm-2:45pm
    What's on offer: Gentle exercise class
    Free gentle exercise class with tea/coffee available for all participants.
  • Corrie Centre

    Carden Avenue, cardenden, Lochgelly, KY5 0EL
    Opening hours • Monday: 11am-3pm • Tuesday: 11am-3pm • Wednesday: 11am-3pm • Thursday: 11am-3pm • Friday: 11am-3pm
    What's on offer: Free tea/coffee;Free activities;Welfare support advice;
    Free tea/coffee, board games and support information
  • Crossgates Centre

    2 Inverkeithing Road, Crossgates. Fife
    Opening hours • Monday: 2pm-4pm • Tuesday: 2pm-4pm • Wednesday: 2pm-4pm • Thursday: 2pm-4pm • Friday: 2pm-4pm
    What's on offer: Free tea/coffee;Free activities;Welfare support advice;
    Free tea/coffee, board games and support information
  • Crossgates Centre

    2 Inverkeithing Road, Crossgates. Fife
    Opening hours • Thursday: 2pm-2:45pm
    What's on offer: Gentle exercise class
    Free gentle exercise class with tea/coffee available for all participants.
  • Hill of Beath Community Hub

    Main Street Hill of Beath KY4 8DP
    Opening hours • Thursday: 1pm-1:45pm
    What's on offer: Gentle exercise class
    Free gentle exercise class with tea/coffee available for all participants.
  • Hill of Beath Community Hub

    Main Street Hill of Beath KY4 8DP
    Opening hours • Monday: 1pm-3pm • Tuesday: 1pm-3pm • Wednesday: 1pm-3pm • Thursday: 1pm-3pm • Friday: 1pm-3pm
    What's on offer: Free tea/coffee;Free activities;Welfare support advice;
    Free tea/coffee, board games and support information
  • Hill of Beath Community Hub

    Main Street Hill of Beath KY4 8DP
    Opening hours • Monday: 1pm-2:30pm
    What's on offer: Arts and crafts
    Arts and crafts, with free hot drinks.
  • Kelty Community Centre

    90-92 Main St, Kelty KY4 0AQ
    Opening hours • Monday: 11am-3pm • Tuesday: 11am-3pm • Wednesday: 11am-3pm • Thursday: 11am-3pm • Friday: 11am-3pm
    What's on offer: Free tea/coffee;Free activities;Welfare support advice;
    Free tea/coffee, board games and support information
  • Kelty Community Centre

    90-92 Main St, Kelty KY4 0AQ
    Opening hours • Monday: - • Tuesday: - • Wednesday: - • Thursday: 11am-11:45am • Friday: -
    What's on offer: Gentle exercise class
    Free gentle exercise class with tea/coffee available for all participants.
  • Kelty Community Centre

    90-92 Main St, Kelty KY4 0AQ
    Opening hours • Monday: 11am-12:30pm
    What's on offer: Arts and crafts
    Arts and crafts, with free hot drinks.
  • Knights Templar Goodwill Charity

    Innovation Park, Unit 12 Thistle St, Seco Pl, Cowdenbeath KY4 8LP
    Opening hours • Monday: 9:30am-2:30pm • Wednesday: 9:30am-2:30pm • Friday: 10am-3pm
    What's on offer: Hot food, drinks, games, wifi, company.
    Hot food, drinks, games, wifi, company.
  • Lochgelly Band

    37 Russell Street, Lochgelly, KY5 9DD
    Opening hours
    What's on offer: Live performances and rehersals
    Days and times of events to be advertised.
  • Lochgelly Town Hall

    Bank St, Lochgelly KY5 9RE
    Opening hours • Wednesday: 11am-11:45am
    What's on offer: Gentle exercise class
    Free gentle exercise class with tea/coffee available for all participants.
  • Lochgelly Town Hall

    Bank St, Lochgelly KY5 9RE
    Opening hours • Tuesday: 11am-1pm
    What's on offer: Lo'gelly Lunches Community Cafe
    Free hot drinks and food.
  • Lochore Meadows

    Crosshill, Lochgelly KY5 8BA
    Opening hours • Wednesday: 10am - 3pm
    What's on offer: Refreshments and activities for over 50s.
    Booking required on 01592 583388
    01592 583388
  • Lumphinnans Bowling Club

    Main Street Lumphinnans KY4 9JB
    Opening hours • Tuesday: 1pm-4pm • Thursday: 1pm-4pm
    What's on offer: Free food, hot drinks, games, activities, wifi.
    We have a pool table, darts, board games, playing cards, dominoes etc all available.
  • Maxwell Centre, Cowdenbeath

    70 Stenhouse St, Cowdenbeath KY4 9DD
    Opening hours • Thursday: 12pm-12:45pm
    What's on offer: Gentle exercise class
    Free gentle exercise class with tea/coffee available for all participants.
  • Maxwell Centre, Cowdenbeath

    70 Stenhouse St, Cowdenbeath KY4 9DD
    Opening hours • Monday: 12pm-3pm • Tuesday: 12pm-3pm • Wednesday: 12pm-3pm • Thursday: 12pm-3pm • Friday: 12pm-3pm
    What's on offer: Free tea/coffee;Free activities;Welfare support advice;
    Free tea/coffee, board games and support information
  • Maxwell Centre, Cowdenbeath

    70 Stenhouse St, Cowdenbeath KY4 9DD
    Opening hours • Wednesday: 4pm-9pm • Saturday: 12pm-5pm
    What's on offer: Cowdenbeath League of Boardgamers and Roleplayers
    Hot drinks and Tabletop games
  • Pantry@Brag

    Crosshill Community & Enterprise Centre, Main Street, Crosshill, Fife KY5 8BJ
    Opening hours • Friday: 12pm-2:30pm
    What's on offer: Community Cafe with activities such as crafts and yoga
    Local Community drop-in service with access to free hot drinks/biscuits, hearty bowl of soup and a roll. Offering friendly staff, newspapers, library/book swap, jigsaws and games. Staff will also be on hand to signpost to any other provision/services that may be required.
  • St Serf's Church Lochgelly

    82 Main Street Lochgelly KY5 9AA
    Opening hours • Thursday: 10:30am-1pm
    What's on offer: Hot drinks, cakes, biscuits and toasties. Crafts and games available.
  • The Clearing

    239 High Street, Cowdenbeath, KY4 9QF
    Opening hours • Tuesday: 5pm - 7pm
    What's on offer: Hot drinks, food and all things Radio!
    Hot drinks, food and all things Radio!
  • Trinity Church

    Sinclair Dr, Cowdenbeath KY4 9PA
    Opening hours • Friday: 11am-2pm
    What's on offer: Hot food, music, board games, visiting groups.
    Hot food, music, board games, visiting groups.
  • Trinity Church

    Sinclair Dr, Cowdenbeath KY4 9PA
    Opening hours • Thursday: 10:30am-12pm
    What's on offer: Hot drinks, food, games and activities.
    Hot drinks, food, games and activities.
  • Trinity Church

    Church Place, Crossgates
    Opening hours • Tuesday: 10:30am-12pm
    What's on offer: Hot drinks, scone, cake, etc.
    Hot drinks, scone, cake, etc.

Local welfare support & Community job clubs

Did you know that we have welfare support staff in the Cowdenbeath area who can offer support on a number of different topics such as:

  • Benefit checking
  • Support with accessing employment
  • Support with completing benefit applications
  • Signposting to crisis grants and financial support

Community job clubs also provide a space where people can get access to a PC to undertake job searches, create and develop CVs and apply for jobs. Our staff will be able to offer advice on most aspects of searching and applying for work.

Our staff are available at the times below, or you can contact them direct:

LocationDayTime Contact number
Lochgelly Centre Tuesday 10am to 12pm Edward 07515 290119
Benarty Community Centre Tuesday 2pm to 4pm Edward 07515 290119
Bowhill Community Centre Wednesday 1pm to 3pm Edward 07515 290119
Kelty Community Centre Wednesday 10am to 12pm Linzi 07535 650273
Maxwell Centre, Cowdenbeath Thursday 1pm to 3pm Linzi 07535 650273
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