MSP Cara Hilton lends support to Fife social enterprise

November 11, 2014

Dunfermline MSP Cara Hilton joined Fife social enterprise Suit and Pace to watch them perform a ground-breaking comedy with a serious message today. (Wednesday 12 November)

Suit and Pace with Cara Hilton MSP and staff and service users from SAMH Suit and Pace with Cara Hilton MSP and staff and service users from SAMH

Financial harm and its effect within families is explored from the perspectives of two brothers in Cuckoo’s Nest, aimed at people who would be at additional risk of harm due to infirmity, illness or disability, and their carers.  

Today’s performance took place at SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) Going Forth service for people with mental health problems in First House, Woodmill Road, Dunfermline. 

Beth Hamilton-Cardus and her business partner Andrew Coull have been funded by Fife Adult Protection Committee to deliver the comedy piece to groups across Fife. 

The duo, both experienced youth and community workers in Fife,  received Level 1 (Start It) funding from Firstport which covered set-up costs for the new business, including a website, professionally designed logo and insurance. 

Beth said: “The feedback from our audiences suggests that comedy is a really good tool for engaging people and getting them to think about their issue or condition in a different way.

“Getting the Firstport Start Up funding has meant a lot to us. The money has made a huge difference to our organisation and means we can now feel fully professional, but it also meant that people with expertise in social enterprises believed that our idea was valid and had potential. Gaining the award has given us the confidence and the ability to make our business idea into a reality.”

Cara Hilton MSP said: “I congratulate Beth and her business partner Andrew for coming up with such innovative idea that will bring positive change to the people of Dunfermline and across Fife. 

“Given the challenges many people face both as individuals and as agencies in approaching the serious issues affecting everyday lives, this initiative will encourage difficult issues to be addressed in a way that will break down barriers by being entertaining, while providing an alternative avenue of education and support.   

“The success of today’s performance proves that this formula really does work and I look forward to supporting many more projects run by Suit and Pace that deal with difficult issues in such effective and engaging ways."

Helen King, Co-ordinator, Adult Support and Protection Team, said: “Financial harm is a difficult subject to tackle but Suit and Pace have delivered an outstanding performance which fits with the Adult Protection Committee’s aims of raising awareness of this issue with the public.  They have tackled a serious subject and explored it with sensitivity and humour.”