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Whilst all reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the information and advice given is taken from reputable sources and passed to the public in good faith, no responsibility can be taken on the part of Disabilities Fife or its advisors for any error or omission. You should not act on any medical advice without first referring to your family doctor or consultant.

Employment and support allowance I have enclosed some information on the new Employment and support allowance

Concessionary travel - how to apply & who is entitled

Public Library Online is a website where, for free, you can read full text e-books online from publishers such as Bloomsbury,

Canongate and Arden.  There are no complicated downloads and you can access the books using your existing computer or internet enabled mobile phone in the library, at home or elsewhere.

"Click Here" for more details.

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Dalgety Bay Info : #Universal Credit Starts soon... The Scottish Welfare Fund isThe Scottish Welfare Fund Logo here to help.  Story via Fife Council.

"The Department for Works and Pensions roll out of Universal Credit starts in  Fife on 6 December. It’s likely that there will be an increase in people applying for a crisis grant."

"To make sure our Scottish Welfare Fund team can process as many applications as possible the same day, we’re making changes to the opening times of the crisis grant phone line"

"From Monday 4 December you’ll be able to contact the team from Monday to Friday between 9am until 2.30pm. You can apply for a crisis grant online 24 hours a day.

"To apply for a crisis grant from the Scottish Welfare Fund.  Just  call 0300 555 0265 or apply online at: fifedirect.org.uk/welfarefund "

The above information was supplied by Mr Charles Litster (Disabilities Fife`s Chairperson)


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The Disabilities Fife`s latest Newsletter in know available

Disabilitie Fife Spring/Summer newsletter 2016 in pdf

Would you like to be more involved in making decisions and becoming actively involved in disability issues. Disabilities Fife needs more voices to raise awareness of the difficulties disabled people encounter.

Telephone our office for more information.

Would you like to become a member of the Disabilities Fife

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Do you routinely help the person you care for get about, get in or out of bed or chair, or turn or position in bed?

You sometimes may have pain - in your back, neck, shoulders or elsewhere.

You may worry about hurting yourself or the person you care for.

To view the Flyer "Click Here"

Scooters For Hire
at Loch Leven (Loch Leven’s Larder)

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Myself Robert Hunter on my own scooter with my dog Jasper at the side of Loch Ore Meadows Country Park

Did you know that you can hire Mobility Scooters at LochOre Meadows Country Park so you can go around the park. As far as I am aware there are 2 scooters available to use though you are required to go through a short training course to make sure are able and safe to use one of their scooters and be given a card to prove that you have passed the course..

The Outdoor Centre 01592 583388 or the Resource Centre 01592 583343


The photo is of myself Robert Hunter on my own scooter with my dog Jasper at the side of LochOre Meadows Country Park

The DigitalFife website is: www.digitalfife.com were you can find on line learning courses which are free.

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The Telephone Preference Service (TPS)

helps you to make sure your telephone number is no longer available to organisations, including charities and voluntary organisations who may telephone you with offers and information you do not wish to receive.

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Disabilities Fife needs your help to fund vital projects to help the disabled.

If you can help, please donate as shown below.

Any donation no matter how small is very welcome. Thank you.



Draft Plan for Fife Local Outcome Improvement Plan 2017 - 2027

At a meeting of the Fife Partnership Board on 12th September, a draft of the new Plan for Fife was approved.

The Plan aims to deliver real improvements for the people of Fife, and it is important that you can comment on the proposals before the final version of the Plan for Fife is presented to Fife Partnership Board on 21st November.

We have attached a copy of the draft Plan, and would encourage you to respond to this consultation and encourage others to do the same. 

Although the consultation runs for a limited time, as outlined in the plan, it is our intention to look at how we can keep these conversations going.

The consultation is available now at www.fifedirect.org.uk/letstalk

Best regards,

Betsy Wojcik

On behalf of

Cllrs David Alexander & David Ross

Co-Chairs Fife Partnership Board

Betsy Wojcik

Research Advisor

Fife Council

Fife House (5th floor, West)

North Street

Glenrothes  KY7 5LT

Tel: 01592 583138

Internal:  441206


Weekly Poll

The Scottish Disability Equality Forum is excited to launch a new weekly poll that will allow you to have your say on a number of different topics affecting disabled people in Scotland.

This is a simple yes/no question that will be published each week on our Your Say on Disability website http://your-say-on-disability.org.uk . Along with the weekly poll, this website brings together current policy consultations, calls for evidence and surveys.

This week’s poll focuses on inclusive communication, which means sharing information in a way that everybody can understand.  The question is:  

Do you think inclusive communication needs to be improved in public, private and third sector organisations?  YES/NO

If you want to take part in this week’s poll, please click on   http://your-say-on-disability.org.uk/weekly-poll/

For more information about inclusive communication, please visit – http://includeusall.org.uk

We hope you can take part in our weekly polls. If you have any questions about our weekly polls, or if there is a question you would like us to ask in one of the polls, please let us know.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

Maureen Bennison
SDEF Administrator
Tel: 01259 272064


Scottish Disability Equality Forum
2/4 e-Centre, Cooperage Way, Business Village, Alloa, Clackmannanshire, FK10 3LP

Facebook:  Scottish Disability Equality Forum
Twitter:  @SDEForum



‘Keeping Safe’ Training Course in Fife
Exciting training opportunity for staff to support people with learning disability to keep safe and raise issues of concern

This half day training is run by Susan Gowland & Ciara Robertson, SLTs, who have been accredited by Talking Mats Ltd.


  • This project builds on work previously conducted with NHS Fife 6Dcards, Survivor Scotland, Kingdom Abuse Survivors Project and Talking Mats social enterprise.

  • Previous projects gave people with a learning disability time to explore and reflect on their lives in a supported structured manner.  This meant they talked about all aspects of their lives in terms of health and wellbeing.  Through this broad discussion issues of concern could be raised, listened to and appropriate help sought.

  • The Scottish Government has recognised this approach can enable health and social care practitioners to implement the recommendation of ‘Keys to Life’.  These cards ensure staff have a communication tool that will enable people with a learning disability to express and have ‘what matters most to them’ routinely considered by those providing services.

To view the Keeping Safe’ Training Course in Fife "Keeping Safe flier 2017 doc" "Click here" A Word Document.


Please find attached information about Keeping Safe training in 2017.  This training is FREE and open to anyone who has completed Talking Mats training and had experience of using Talking Mats in their work.

"Keeping Safe" is a really useful & evidence based resource for supporting people with learning disabilities to talk about their health and wellbeing, relationships and emotions.  All participants who attend this half day training will receive their own pack of Keeping Safe cards.

To apply for this training, please complete the attached form and return to Laura Turnbull: laura.turnbull2@nhs.net

If you have any questions about the training, please contact me or Ciara Robertson on 35494 (internal) or 01383 565 494.

If anyone you work with is interested in this resource but hasn't completed Talking Mats training, please contact myself, Ciara or Laura Turnbull for details of the Talking Mats training dates for this year.

We hope to hear from you soon,

Mrs Susan Gowland
Speech and Language Therapist
Lynebank Hospital
Halbeath Road
KY11 4UW


Talking Mats Workshops

Talking Mats make it easier for people to communicate about things that are important to them.

Talking Mats was designed by Speech and Language Therapists. They are really easy to use.

There is a 'Keeping Safe' Talking Mat.

It helps adults with learning disabilities to tell someone about things that are worrying them.

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Information on BLUE BADGES

•The Blue Badge is a national parking scheme administered by local authorities on behalf of the Scottish Government.


•The Blue Badge scheme was introduced in 1971 to help disabled people achieve more independence.

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Fundraising Regulation in Scotland

Charity fundraising has been under a lot of public and media scrutiny. There is a feeling that something needs to change in terms of how charity fundraising is regulated. However, what the change might be has yet to be decided.

While change to regulation of charity fundraising could be a very good thing, we need to ensure that the changes work both for the public, and for charities themselves. And while a reboot of fundraising regulation might be an important step, so would a change in the culture of fundraising and an increase in transparency overall.

The review of fundraising in Scotland and the fundraising summit hosted by SCVO in November started a process of reflection and discussion around potential options for Scotland. Since the summit, the Scottish Fundraising Working Group has developed these three potential options for consultation.

Option 1: Here, fundraising regulation would follow the model defined in the Etherington Review. There would be a UK-wide regulator which would act as an intermediary, taking the role previously done by the Fundraising Standards Board (which is being disbanded). Fundraising in Scotland would become part of this UK-wide structure.

Option 2: In model two, the system would look similar to the UK model. However, an independent Scottish Fundraising Regulator would be created which would play the regulatory role.

Option 3: This option would look very different. There would be no new regulator. regulation would rely on a strengthening of complaints procedures within charities themselves, and an enhanced role for OSCR.

The working group now wants to hear views from others and a consultation has been launched. The group is looking for as many people as possible to get involved. You can fill in the survey or send a longer response to research@scvo.org.uk. The background document giving more details on the options can be found on the survey site using the link above.

And so, it is over to you. the consultation is open until the 31st of March this year. If you have a moment, please let the working group know what you think.

Jude Turbyne

Head of Engagement, OSCR
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