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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

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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.

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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.



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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.

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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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Nominations open for Fife Voluntary Action's Awards 2017

It's that time of year again - our flagship Awards Ceremony for volunteers, community groups and voluntary organisations is back. This year's event will be held at The Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline on Wednesday 07 June 2017. 
This is your chance to recognise and reward the effort of volunteers, organisations and community groups that are serving the people and communities of Fife.
Every nominated volunteer will receive a certificate to highlight their outstanding work. However, due to expected levels of demand there will be a shortlisting process. If your nomination has been shortlisted, you and the nominee(s) will be invited to the ceremony with all the other finalists, where a winner from each category will be announced on the night. All shortlisted organisations will also receive a certificate.

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Towards a Fairer Fife

I'm writing for two connected reasons - both relating to our big event coming up on 29 March (at the Rothes Halls, Glenrothes) for the voluntary sector in Fife - Towards a Fairer Fife:

1. You only have a few days left to book one of the last remaining (free!) places (lunch included);
2. You have an opportunity to showcase the good work your organisation does at the event - also free!

We're getting excited - we've got an excellent group of people and contributors booked to attend and it looks set to be an energetic and stimulating event.  There will be lots of opportunities to contribute your own experience and thinking throughout the day - it will be highly participative with expert facilitation.  To book a place, simply reply to this e-mail or phone our office on 0800 389 6046.  We don't want you to miss out, and this really is the last call.
As public sector partners and community planning strategies and priorities increasingly focus on tackling poverty, reducing inequality, engaging with communities and making Fife fairer for all, we need to consider our role and contribution, as third sector organisations.  There will create resourcing implications for our sector as well as opportunities to influence the work of partners to benefit our own members, service users and communities.  What are our ambitions and aspirations?  How will we achieve those?  What would help ensure your organisation can achieve its potential?  Come along and influence the discussion and help set the direction of travel.

To find out more about the event phone us or visit our website: https://www.fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk/news.asp?id=8309

Showcase Opportunity
We'd like to show the delegates, from third and public sectors, including the Chief Executive of Fife Council and the Leader of Fife Council, some of the fantastic work we're already undertaking across and with the communities of Fife. 

We're offering display space, tables and opportunities for leaflets/brochures to be given out.  There's no requirement to staff a stand (but you can if you want to), you just need to get the materials to us and we'll take care of the rest. 

Please just reply or phone the office on 0800 389 6046 to organise this extra promotional opportunity for your organisation.


Fife Voluntary Action, Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, Fife KY7 5QF United Kingdom


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



Disabilities Fife Network meeting
Friday, 24 March 2017 from 14:00 to 16:00
Old Parish Centre
Short Lane
KY15 5EQ Cupar


1:30 pm for members only meeting - constitution changes

--- 2.00 pm Tea, Coffee and biscuits ---

2:15 pm Network meeting

We have speakers from:

  • Disabled Persons' Housing Fife - talking about Housing

  • and the Circles Network - telling us about advocacy

3:00 pm Questions and Answers

3:25 Network meeting close

3:30  pm Looking to the future, discussion in groups

--- 4:00 pm Close ---


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

If you travel by car there is a council car park next to the venue.  There are buses that stop near Cupar railway station and of course there is a train service to  stations to Dundee and Edinburgh.

Whom I bring into the event?

You can bring friend and/or a carer. If you are a member you can claim travel expenses but you must have receipts. Additionally, we can arrange a taxi for those that are disabled on the understaning that the taxi may need to pick up others enroute. Please telephone 01592 203993 to arrange transport by taxi

Any special requriements

If you need a signer, carer or interpreter present please let us know ASAP

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Contact our office on a Tuesday morning 9:30 to 12:30pm or Wednesday Afternonn from 1:00 to 4pm.  Alternatively send an email to chair@disabilitiesfife.org.uk

March 2017


Sign up today, this event will sell out!

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Disabilities Fife
West Bridge Mill
Bridge Street
Kirkcaldy, Fife KY1 1TE
United Kingdom


Caring for Vulnerable Children

The below information is from:

Weekly catch-up
W/C 20 February 2017

Caring for Vulnerable Children

People working or caring for vulnerable children are being encouraged to do an award-winning free university developed course. The Caring for Vulnerable Children Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is a free course designed for carers of vulnerable children. It is an award-winning free university-developed course inspiring people to enter the caring profession as well as supporting child-care workers, teachers, nurses, relatives, foster carers, and adoptive parents. Developed by the Centre for Excellence for Looked-After Children In Scotland (Celcis) and the University of Strathclyde, the course explores the task of identifying and caring for looked-after children in times of austerity and shrinking public services.
Enrolment is now open for the latest run of the course, starting on 27 March 2017.


Save the Date!

Join our anti-stigma Walk a Mile event on Wednesday 29 March at 3.30pm.
Support Mental Health & Wellbeing
This will take place at Silverburn and Stratheden. All welcome. Further details to follow.

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‘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


Edinburgh Trams have made their decision to allow Class 2 Mobility Scooters on the Trams from the 1st of August, after their successful trial this year.  Please feel free to share this information with your networks/contacts - http://edinburghtrams.com/news/mobility-scooters/ .  If you are on social media, we have been asked to use @EdinburghTrams and hashtag #TramAccess to spread the word.

Kind regards

Lisa Freeman
Strategy Liaison Officer



0131 524 5159


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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Community Engagement with Police Scotland

I'd like to bring to your attention an exciting opportunity to help forge stronger links between Fife's voluntary sector and Police Scotland here in Fife. 
Police colleagues are keen to work closely with us to ensure the best support possible for our communities. 

Engagement meetings will take place every couple of months with a group of representatives to look at new developments, make improvements to communications and various aspects of local policing.

What is this?
An opportunity to join a group of voluntary sector representatives who will meet with local Police Scotland colleagues on a regular basis.  It will further improve understanding and support between voluntary organisations and the Police, but also the Police and our communities.

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In addition to donating through this website, you may be interested to know that you can help Disabilities Fife to raise money through your using Easyfundraising.org.uk

I myself (Robert Hunter, this websites Administrator) have signed up with Easyfundraising.org.uk  and have started doing my online shopping through it. So far I have bought items from: Ebay, amazon and Asda’s, though the rewards back have been small but it is still a donation to Disabilities Fife and every bit counts. I hope you will do the same.

I have to date 22/14/2014, by buying items from Ebay, Amazon and Asda through Easyfundraising.org.uk I have earned Disabilities Fife £7.40 from these companies. It may not be a lot but it`s better than nothing and it coming from these companies as I buy from them.

Disabilities Fife has registered with Easyfundraising.org.uk to be able to receive your cash reward that you can turn into a donation for Disabilities Fife after you have bought something online through Easyfundraising.org.uk


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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