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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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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.

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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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The Telephone Preference Service (TPS)

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SDS Options (Fife)

SDS Open Meetings

Want to find out a bit more about what Self Directed Support might mean for you or a family member?
In partnership with Disabilities Fife, we are organising a series of open meetings across Fife to talk about SDS and how it may be of help.

To Read More "Click Here" To open the meetings Flyer - Opens a MS Word document


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.

To view the Flyer that the above came off "Click Here"


From Fife Centre for Equalities

I’d like to take this opportunity to make you aware of two current consultations.
Firstly, the Dalgety Bay Pharmacy Consulation regarding a proposed application for a new pharmacy to open within 1A Moray Way North, Dalgety Bay (see the attached document for more details). If you want to contribute, please complete the attached questionnaire and email it to  Fife-UHB.primarycareadmin@nhs.net. Alternatively, hard copies of the questionnaire can be posted to: Linda Neave, Administration Assistant, NHS Fife, Primary Care Department, Cameron House, Cameron Bridge, Leven, Fife KY8 5RG.  Linda's contact number is 01592 226413.

Furthermore, the Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) is inviting anyone from community groups and networks as well as people working with communities to give their views on participation requests.  On 21st March, Scottish Government launched its formal consultation on the regulations to accompany Part 3 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act, Participation Requests. SCDC is supporting the formal consultation by running a parallel consultation process on the detail of the regulations and on the content of the statutory guidance. They will be running a series of focus groups followed by an online survey later this spring to gather views from within communities. You can note your interest here or by contacting Andrew Paterson at SCDC by email: andrew.paterson@scdc.org.uk.

Lastly, I’d like to make you aware of an exciting opportunity that can help forge stronger links between Fife’s voluntary sector and Police Scotland in Fife. A group of voluntary sector representatives is being formed which will meet with Police Scotland representatives on a regular basis to further improve mutual support and understanding – see DS Stuart Johnson’s invitation letter attached. If you’re interested in joining the group, please contact Shirley Buttercase (on FifeEqualityUnit@scotland.pnn.police.uk or 01383 318640). The group will meet for the first time on Thursday 21 April – details will be specified upon expressing your interest.

DS Stuart Johnston - invitation letter

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Public Consultation Information and Questionnaire

As always, we would very much appreciate if you could share any of the above information that is relevant to you with your network.

Kind regards,

Daniela Patterson
Information & Communications Officer
Fife Centre for Equalities

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Telephone: 01592 645 310
Direct Line: 01592 645 314
Email: daniela@centreforequalities.org.uk
Address: New Volunteer House, 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT
Website: www.centreforequalities.org.uk

Fife Centre for Equalities is a joint initiative between Fife Voluntary Action, Fife Council and NHS.  Providing effective involvement and engagement with groups and individuals of all nine protected characteristics and third sector organisations that support them.



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




We are thrilled to announce The National Diversity Awards will once again be hosted by the historic Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on September 16th 2016! Against the Liverpool skyline, this breathtaking piece of architecture will be a treat for those travelling to the city, famously known as the largest cathedral in the UK. Named Europe’s Capital of Culture in 2008, it is fitting to hold the annual ceremony in such a diverse place.

To view the flyer (MS Word) which contains the links "Click Here"


I’d like to take this opportunity to spread the word that Fife Centre for Equalities is currently looking for volunteer Equality Networkers. If you are interested, or know someone who might enjoy engaging with the communities and broadening our equalities network, please do get in touch.

Furthermore, to increase our social media presence, we are now also on LinkedIn. If that is a platform you use, please follow us here for updates and networking opportunities.

Finally, I’d like to make you aware of the recently published Fife LGBT Community Needs Assessment Report, which is the most comprehensive research to date into the experience of LGBT people in Fife. If you’d like to read the Report, please click here. If you’d like to request a hard copy of the report, please contact the LGBT Health and Wellbeing Administrator, Alan, at alan@lgbthealth.org.uk or on 0131 523 1100.

Kind regards,

Daniela Patterson
Information & Communications Officer
Fife Centre for Equalities

Telephone: 01592 645 310
Direct Line: 01592 645 311
Email: daniela@centreforequalities.org.uk
Address: New Volunteer House, 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT
Website: www.centreforequalities.org.uk
Fife Centre for Equalities is a joint initiative between Fife Voluntary Action, Fife Council and NHS.  Providing effective involvement and engagement with groups and individuals of all nine protected characteristics and third sector organisations that support them.


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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Disabled Access Day

This coming Saturday marks two weeks to go until Disabled Access Day! We’ve been busy confirming events and activities across the UK, for which there are now over 200. Combined with the support of Caffè Nero, Strada, John Lewis and Barclays this year is shaping up to be a great event.

I hope that you received our recent information pack which was sent to you at the beginning of February. It would be great if you were able to publicise Disabled Access Day through your own channels whether that’s online or in your building, so we can help make Disabled Access Day bigger and better than last year! You can download resources, including our logo, social media graphics and a sample blog for your website from our resources page.

If Disabilities Fife is holding its own event on 12th March, great! Please let us know and we can officially sign you up and start promoting your activity through our own social media channels and, if appropriate, encourage others to attend too.

If you have other plans for the day, for example if you’re arranging a trip to a local attraction, please let us know! We love to hear what people are up to and can promote your involvement through our social media and website too. To find out what’s on near you take a look at our event search. If you have a suggestion of somewhere that you’d like to see involved that’s not signed up at the moment, please get in touch and we will invite them to get involved too.

If you have any questions about the day, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Whatever you do to mark Disabled Access Day on 12th March, please let us know and share your stories and photographs on social media – it’s great to see what everyone gets up to!

Lauren Pluss | Disabled Access Day Manager


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


Simplified visiting times help support hospital visiting


If you have ever wondered what times you can visit loved ones in an NHS Fife hospital, recent changes have made things that little bit simpler.

Where many of Fife’s wards previously had variations on visiting, the Health Board has introduced standard visiting times of 2pm until 8pm, across all wards. The changes are informed by patient feedback and make visiting as accessible as possible. Of course, there will still be some situations where 2pm – 8pm is unsuitable, and NHS Fife will continue to be as flexible as possible in these cases.

In another move to make life on wards easier for patients and visitors, new Ward Welcome boards have been put up across hospitals. The boards give all the information needed to ensure patients can communicate their needs, with details including visiting hours, ways to feedback experiences, and a picture of the senior nurse in charge of the ward.

Patients consistently feedback that being kept informed as to their care is central to a positive experience on the wards. Ward Welcomes have been specifically designed with this in mind, and ensure that patients and families know exactly what to expect and who to turn to, regardless of which hospital they happen to be in.

The above is from the FifeLife digital edition Spring 2015

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