ST Andrews Peer Support Group has received a £425 funding boost from the St Andrews Community Trust to help fund its wide-ranging programme.

The Peer Support Group is a thriving community group that meets weekly in St Andrews Community Hospital, facilitated  jointly by Community Psychiatric Nurses and Support in Mind Scotland (Fife Services), for people with long-standing mental ill health.

Alan Norrie, who helps facilitate the group jointly with NHS Fife staff, explained:  "In consultation with the group members, we drew up a social and community engagement programme, which will include social activities to combat  loneliness and isolation, and promote social inclusion and community integration; as well as physical activities and  educational activities to promote increased well-being.

"We then applied to St Andrews Community Trust for funding to cover the cost of these activities.

"We were delighted that the trustees (at their meeting on 20 October) agreed to award us £425, which will allow us take part in activities such as visits to local places of interest such as St Andrews Castle, Cathedral, Botanic Gardens & Aquarium, as well as trying our hands on a local putting Course and having a Christmas Lunch for the group."