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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.
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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);
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.
To find out more about the event phone us or visit our website: https://www.fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk/news.asp?id=8309
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
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.
Scottish Disability Equality Forum
Disabilities Fife Network meeting
The below information is from:
W/C 20 February 2017
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
Strategy Liaison Officer
0131 524 5159
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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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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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 email@example.com. 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 TurbyneHead of Engagement, OSCR