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26/06/2017

Fife Advocacy Forum releases updated Advocacy in Fife Booklet

Created: 21/06/2017

The Fife Advocacy Forum supports the development of advocacy across Fife and represents the views of local advocacy providers.

To help meet the needs of different people at different times in their life there are several different types of advocacy. For more information they have released an updated version of their Advocacy in Fife Booklet which was last updated in August 2016.

To access the booklet click here.

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 23 June 2017 Opens a MS Word document containing information and links

 

26/06/2017

Note of the Joint Employability, Health and Social Care Forum

Created: 22/06/2017

Fife Voluntary Action welcomed 70 attendees from across sectors to the Joint Employability, Health and Social Care Forum on Wednesday 08 February 2017.

This Forum brought together the ‘Fife Employability Forum’ and the ‘Third Sector Health and Social Care Forum’ both of which FVA facilitate and organise.

The aim of the Forum was to improve understanding in Fife of the co-relationship between health and employment outcomes.

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Note of the Joint Forum

Summary of Discussions

Presentations

Decent Work for Scotland's Low-Paid Workers: A job to be done, Francis Stuart, Research and Policy Advisers, Oxfam Scotland

Fife Health and Wellbeing Alliance: The connection between health inequalities and employment, Gill Musk, Policy Officer, Fife Council and Jo-Anne Valentine, Public Health Manager, NHS Fife

Workplace Team, Alan Gow, Regional OHS Adviser, Workplace Team, Health Promotion, Fife Health & Social Care Partnership

DWP Work & Health Unit Update and Green Paper Consultation, Adrian Martin, Work & Health Unit, DWP

Fife Economy Strategy  - new mental health employability target, Robin Presswood, Head of Service, Fife Council

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 23 June 2017 Opens a MS Word document containing information and links

 

22/03/2015

'Care Opinion' is an independent site gatherine your experiences of adult social careCare Opinion Logo services, good or bad. Fife is one of the two pilot areas in Scotland.

If you have an experience of health or social care in the last 3 years, either as a service user yourself or as a carer or friend of someone else, they want to hear about it. Feedback is shared with the staff who run the services, so that they know what is good and what should be improved. Feedback is published anonymously on the website, so that everyone knows what happened and how the service responded. You can visit: www.careopinion.org.uk or share your story by phone on 0800 122 31 35.

The above is from: Fife Adult Protection Newsletter 17 March 2015 AP Newsletter 17 e-version

 

06/03/2015

Civic Voice the Way Forward for Fife - Health & Social Care Integration

In one of the first joint sessions of its kind, Fife's joint "Way Forward" workshop gave over 60 carers, charity groups, public and patient representatives an opportunity to come together to discuss, describe and start to shape the future of public engagement in Fife.

For more information please see news release below.

Downloads:
News Release (108KB) PDF

From the Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 05 March 2015 and the Fife Voluntary Action website www.fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk

 

21/10/2014

Received from Fife Council Equalities Team.

Subject: Consultation on draft guidance relating to equality and human rights implications for the Marriage and Civil Partnership (S) Act 2014

I am writing to ask if you would contribute to a Fife Partnership response to the  Equality and Human Rights Commission’s consultation on draft guidance on the equality and human rights implications of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 (“the Act”).  This consultation gives you the opportunity to consider and comment on whether the guidance is helpful and provides you with the right amount of information.

The purpose of the draft guidance is to help explain the equality and human rights implications of the Act to employers, schools, religious and belief bodies and public authorities, as well as individuals, and to make the law in this area more accessible to a wider audience.
           
There are five pieces of guidance:

•      The equality and human rights implications for marriage and the law in Scotland;
•      The equality and human rights implications for the provision of school education;
•      The equality and human rights implications for religious or belief bodies;
•      The equality and human rights implications for public authorities;
•      The equality and human rights implications for the workplace and service delivery.

The consultation can be found here.  The consultation period opened on 2nd October 2014 and will close on 28th November 2014.   

I would be grateful if you would forward your comments to tecla.wight@fife.gov.uk by 20th November 2014 at the latest.

The EHRC will use the submissions received to inform the final drafting of the guidance.

I hope that you will take the time to provide your views on the draft guidance and help ensure that the guidance best meets your needs.

Tecla Wight

Tecla Wight
Policy Officer
Equalities Unit
Corporate Services
Fife Council
5th Floor, Fife House (West Wing) North Street
Glenrothes
KY7 5LT

03451 555 555 Ext: 442715
Email: tecla.wight@fife.gov.uk

www.facebook.com/EqualityDiversityFife

 

 

15/09/2014

New Local Housing Strategy for 2015 -2020

The Fife Housing Partnership is developing a new Local Housing Strategy for 2015 -2020 to be in place by April 2015. To help us achieve our aim we are inviting Fife residents and their representatives to participate in our Fife wide consultation around housing in Fife. 

The events are open to interested individuals and  organisations in Fife who can help us shape our new housing strategy.  Each session  will give those attending the opportunity to participate in discussion around housing and life in our local communities and make suggestions for improvements where needed. 

I have attached the timetable of events for your information and hope that you will have the time to pop along to the session for your area.

Please note that a fourth event on the rota will be a seminar for partnerships to discuss the findings of the area events. Registration is required for this event by contacting jullya.mcveigh@fife.gov.uk

"Click Here" to view the poster that came with this and which contains more information. This opens a pdf document.

Kind Regards
Jullya

Jullya McVeigh
Housing Officer (Tenant Participation)

Housing & Neighbourhood Services
Rothesay House
Glenrothes 

03541 555 555 ext 480271

01383 602220

 

01/09/2014

The Fife Housing Partnership new Local Housing Strategy for 2015 -2020

The Fife Housing Partnership is developing a new Local Housing Strategy for 2015 -2020 to be in place by April 2015. To help us achieve our aim we are inviting Fife residents and their representatives to participate in our Fife wide consultation around housing in Fife. 

To view the document "Click Here" it opens a MS Word Document

 

14/07/2014

Self Directed SupportFife Council Logo

Frequently asked questions

Social Work Services - Keeping You Informed

13 Questions Answered

1. What is Self-Directed Support?
Self-Directed Support (SDS) is an approach to providing support services. Every stage of the SDS journey from assessment and support planning to the review of the outcomes is carried out with the supported person at the centre of the process.
Starting by considering the individual’s strengths, needs and goals SDS enables people to choose and direct their care and support to meet their agreed outcomes. With the right support, advice and information, the supported person knows best what they need.


2. Who can use Self Directed Support?
SDS is for people who are eligible for social care and support. Children, adults, and older people who have been assessed as being eligible for care and support by Fife Council can use SDS. Adult carers are also eligible under SDS legislation. For more information go to: www.fifedirect.org.uk/assessment.

For the other 11 Questions Answered

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16/01/2015

'Keeping Your Money Safe' Easy Read Booklet`

Please find attached the 'Keeping Your Money Safe' Easy Read booklet which has been created by the Adult Protection Committee with advice from People First.  It is also available to download at:

http://publications.1fife.org.uk/uploadfiles/publications/c64_KeepingyourmoneysafeEasyRead1.pdf

 

15/09/2014

New Local Housing Strategy for 2015 -2020

The Fife Housing Partnership is developing a new Local Housing Strategy for 2015 -2020 to be in place by April 2015. To help us achieve our aim we are inviting Fife residents and their representatives to participate in our Fife wide consultation around housing in Fife. 

The events are open to interested individuals and  organisations in Fife who can help us shape our new housing strategy.  Each session  will give those attending the opportunity to participate in discussion around housing and life in our local communities and make suggestions for improvements where needed. 

I have attached the timetable of events for your information and hope that you will have the time to pop along to the session for your area.

Please note that a fourth event on the rota will be a seminar for partnerships to discuss the findings of the area events. Registration is required for this event by contacting jullya.mcveigh@fife.gov.uk

"Click Here" to view the poster that came with this and which contains more information. This opens a pdf document.

Kind Regards
Jullya

Jullya McVeigh
Housing Officer (Tenant Participation)

Housing & Neighbourhood Services
Rothesay House
Glenrothes 

03541 555 555 ext 480271

01383 602220

 

14/07/2014

Self Directed SupportFife Council Logo

Frequently asked questions

Social Work Services - Keeping You Informed

13 Questions Answered

1. What is Self-Directed Support?
Self-Directed Support (SDS) is an approach to providing support services. Every stage of the SDS journey from assessment and support planning to the review of the outcomes is carried out with the supported person at the centre of the process.
Starting by considering the individual’s strengths, needs and goals SDS enables people to choose and direct their care and support to meet their agreed outcomes. With the right support, advice and information, the supported person knows best what they need.


2. Who can use Self Directed Support?
SDS is for people who are eligible for social care and support. Children, adults, and older people who have been assessed as being eligible for care and support by Fife Council can use SDS. Adult carers are also eligible under SDS legislation. For more information go to: www.fifedirect.org.uk/assessment.

For the other 11 Questions Answered

"Click Here" opens in a MS Word Document

 

20/04/2014

Benefit Advice Clinics

Dates: Ongoing

Venue: Various throughout the East Neuk

Description: Benefits advice, support and assistance at a venue that suits you

 Monday: St. Monans - 11am - 2pm at ENeRGI Drop-In 32 East Street St. Monans

 Tuesday: Anstruther - 12noon - 3pm East Neuk Food Bank Anstruther Church Burial Brae, Anstruther

 Thursday: Pittenweem - 11am - 2pm Coastline Community Church Pittenweem
The Clinics will provide full support, advocacy, information and assistance to people who need it.

This will include:-
 Making benefit applications, completing forms, representation at appeals and tribunals, dealing with the DWP

 A thorough and holistic Assessment through a full benefits check to ensure income maximisation and where appropriate assistance to apply for emergency funds

 Access to other support services that can be of assistance to individuals and their families

 Access and information on budgeting, dealing with debts and managing money at a time of pressure from ready expensive cash, Pay Day Loans etc.

 Access to a laptop and assistance to work it

Information on power suppliers and assistance to get the best deals
They also do home visits. Contact Norman Cowie, on 01333 730477, 32 East Street St.Monans, or email: energirecovery@btconnect.com for more information.

Taken From: Equalities Participation Network (EPN) bulletin Issue: 18 December 2013

 

20/04/2014

Guide to Health and Social Care Integration in Fife.

Health & Social Integration in Fife - Guide - English

The guide is also available in the following languages:
·         Cantonese
·         Mandarin
·         Polish
·         Punjabi
·         Russian
·         Urdu

If you would like this guide in any of these or another language please contact the Equality and Human Rights Department either by email at  fife-UHB.EqualityandDiversity@nhs.net or phone 01383 565142.

Regards Heather

Heather Kirkbride
Personal Assistant to Equality and Human Rights Lead NHS Fife
Lynebank Hospital, The Annex,
Halbeath Road, Dunfermline,
Fife, KY11 4UW

Tel:     01383 565142    Internal:  35142
Fax:    01383 565324
Email: fife-UHB.EqualityandDiversity@nhs.net

 

Added 26/06/2013

Free Creative Classes in Fife

Have you spoken to your GP about stress, anxiety or depression? Maybe you see a Psychologist, CPN or Occupational Therapist to help you with this. Sometimes doing something creative can help to lift our spirits or take our mind of our worries. If you think you would enjoy attending a series of creative classes then why not give us a call or drop us an email.

Fife Cultural Trust’s Cultural Partnerships team, working in partnership with NHS Fife, offer a choice of creative classes which are free to attend.   The classes offer you an opportunity to learn new skills in a fun and relaxed environment. Many people find attending the classes helps with their confidence. 

Classes include:

  • Pottery – learn traditional hand-building methods such as pinch pots, modelling and slab rolling, which you will use to make your own pots, ornaments and plaques.

  • Painting & Drawing – explore different techniques, themes and materials involved in creating original pieces of art.

  • Arts & Crafts – have fun exploring various types of arts and crafts like glass painting, felt making, decorative paint effects and paper crafts whilst making something for yourself or as a gift.

  • Jewellery Making – learn about wire and bead jewellery creation using a variety of different styles to make complete new pieces of jewellery for either yourself or as a gift.

  • Wellbeing Through Meditation – this is a great opportunity to learn relaxation techniques for you to use at home. The class includes meditation and breathing exercises along with some gentle movement.

  • Digital Photography – learn some skills on practical photography as well as the editing and adjusting of photographs using a photo editing package. Your own camera is a must.

  • Cookery – develop new skills and confidence in your cooking as well as gaining some knowledge on cooking on a budget, your 5 a day, healthy eating and family favourites.

These classes are held on a weekly basis during the school terms (dates vary). All materials are provided (except for cameras).

To book your place call Karen at the Cultural Partnerships team on 01592 583255 or send an email to cultural.partnerships@fife.gov.uk . Spaces must be booked in advance and will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

 

Added 10/06/2013

Specific Needs Housing Approach 2013-2016

The Fife Housing Partnership is delighted to present the Specific Needs Housing Approach 2013-2016.
It can be accessed via Fife Direct or by using the following link: http://www.fifedirect.org.uk/orgs/index.cfm?fuseaction=display.pub&pubid=C6B666A5-A976-B4E7-839E3861A7AC437D&orgid=2BED00A1-96F8-4A1C-B2415F4A438A5BEF


The Approach examines the changing context and profile for specific housing needs in Fife, illustrates the established partnership structures, and the agenda for improvement.


The Approach has been developed and will be implemented by the Specific Needs Housing Group. This is a sub-group of the Local Housing Strategy Social Inclusion Theme set within the Fife Housing Partnership framework. An extensive consultation exercise was undertaken to develop the Approach and evidence can be provided on how responses contributed to both the development and final draft Approach.

 

Added 26/03/2013

Welfare Reform Symbol

 

Customer Briefing on Welfare Reform
March 2013

Introduction

The UK Government is making changes to the welfare benefits system which will affect around one in six working-age people in Fife. It’s changing how benefits are claimed, what they’re called and who’s eligible for what.

The introduction of these changes to the benefits system has already started and will continue over the next four years.

Up-to-date information on the changes is available at www.dwp.gov.uk and at www.fifedirect.org.uk/welfarereform (or fish.fife/welfarereform for council staff).

All the information in this briefing is correct as of 15 March; however we realise that Welfare Reform legislation is changing all the time. However, we will provide regular updates as we get them. 

Summary of changes

The main changes in Welfare Reform include:.........

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Welfare Reform Supporting you through changes to the benefits system

The UK Government is changing the welfare benefit system to try to make it simpler, reduce dependency on benefits and encourage people into work. Some changes are already in place but there are more to come, such as how you claim benefits, what they ’re called and what you’re eligible for. You might need to manage a smaller budget on a monthly basis, make claims online, find additional childcare, move to a smaller rental property or develop your skills to help you find a job.

The changes will impact a lot of people. About one in six adults of working age in Fife currently receive benefits.

This website includes information on the main changes and where you can get further advice. Some of the detail of these changes is still being working out, so we'll update the website as new information becomes available over the coming months. You can also visit the website of the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) www.dwp.gov.uk/policy who are responsible for the changes and will have the most up-to-date information.
This is happening all over the UK, but Fife Council and our partners will do all we can to support you through the challenges ahead.

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Public Library Online

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.

To access items from the Public Library Online website you will need -

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