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27/04/2018

Are you a Young Carer ?, Are you juggling study time ?, Caring for a family member ? Would you like some free time ?, Young Carers Respite Fife can help.

Are you a Young Carer ?
Are you juggling study time ?
Caring for a family member ?
Would you like some free time ?
Young Carers Respite Fife can help.

Find us on Facebook   and  Twitter.
Email  Moira or Adele at      respite@disabilitiesfife.org.uk

Call us on    01592 203993

Service provided by Disabilities Fife.
Registered Scottish Charity No SC 026112

Copyright © 2018 Disabilities Fife, All rights reserved. 
You are listed as a member of Disabilities Fife and are entitled to attend our AGM 

Our mailing address is:

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

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04/04/2018

We are pleased to introduce our great new service.
Senior Carers Respite Fife.
This is for carers 60 plus.
We come to you and lend a helping hand.
At a time thats convenient to you.
This is a FREE service.
For more information,   email :  Moira or Adele at
                                                                          respite@disabilitiesfife.org.uk
or call us on                                                      01592  203993
find us on Facebook                                         Senior Carers Respite Fife


Service Provided by Disabilities Fife
Registered Charity No  SC026112       

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29/03/2018

Fife Adult Support and Protection - March 2018 Newsletter

Created: 28/03/2018, Updated: 29/03/2018

Fife Adult Support and Protection have released the March 2018 edition of their newsletter. This edition gives information on 'Who can help me to stay safe?' Easy Read booklet. Elder Abuse Recovery Project volunteers needed. Adult Protection Training and e-learning. Inter-agency Adult Support and Protection audit. The right to advocacy and #notmyfriend campaign - Online Child Sexual Abuse.

To view the full newsletter please click here.

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29/03/2018

Carers Act - Communications Pack

Created: 29/03/2018

The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 will come into force on April 01 2018.

This Act will enhance and improve the rights of carers and will also help to support them to have a life alongside caring, if they so wish.

As such, The Scottish Government have produced a document to aid with increasing awareness of the Act, particularly amongst external stakeholders and partners who they may not have been in correspondence with previously.

Click here to view this document.

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29/03/2018

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27/03/2018

Welfare Reform:

We here at FCE are looking to hear your experiences of Universal Credit, the effect it has had on you and whether your protected characteristics have caused a negative impact.

If you would like to take part in this short survey, click here. Alternatively, if you would like to share your experiences in a different format, for example via video or audio recording - get in touch!

From Fife Centre for Equalities - Equalities Weekly Week Commencing 26/03/2018

27/03/2018

Purple Day 2018:

It's Purple Day today! This day hopes to raise awareness for the great services provided for people suffering from epilepsy.

To find out more you can click here, or if you have been involved - let us know via social media!

From Fife Centre for Equalities - Equalities Weekly Week Commencing 26/03/2018

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22/03/2018

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15/03/2018

"NEWS"

"Watch This Space"

Disablities Fife will I am told have a new website up-and-running near the end of this month "March".

15/03/2018

Fife Centre for Equalities - Equalities Weekly Week Commencing 12/03/2018

15/03/2018

Stagecoach East Scotland are proposing changes to their bus network from Monday 14th May 2018.  

Clicking on the link below will take you to the Stagecoach website where details of the service changes can be found.   

Towards the bottom of the web page there is an online form where you can then provide your feedback on the proposed changes.  Feedback can be submitted until Friday 23rd March.

https://tinyurl.com/buschanges2018

Betsy

Betsy Wojcik
Research Advisor
Fife Council
Fife House (5th floor, West)
North Street
Glenrothes  KY7 5LT

Tel:           01592 583138
Internal:  441206

15/03/2018

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09/03/2018

In Fife, systems of health and social work have evolved over the years to meet local needs.  As the ageing population increases, health care needs have changed dramatically and are now more complex.

Finding the right co-ordinated care, often involving several teams, can take days or even weeks of organising. If a person has complex needs, it can be even more difficult and frustrating for everyone involved. The more vulnerable the person, the more difficult this can be.

To meet modern demands, Fife needs:

  • “Joined-up” care across communities

  • Hospital services to respond better to peoples’ needs

  • Services arranged around local community needs and assets

  • Changes to current systems and ways of working

 
Having service user, patient and the public representation and their voice at the centre of change is vital, so Fife’s Health & Social Care Partnership wants the public to get involved.

The Transforming Care Communications Sub-Group is looking for volunteers to represent Fifers.   

As a volunteer on this group, this would involve:

  • Attendance at Communication Sub Group meetings - currently every two weeks in Dunfermline

  • Input in-between meetings at various stages of the programme

  • Input into the communication approach and advice from the perspective of the public

  • Helping to develop and review communication materials

The Group are seeking a minimum of three volunteers - if you are interested in being involved in the plans for transformation please contact: Connie Flint
Communications Manager - Fife Health & Social Care Partnership
E-mail:    connie.flint@fife.gov.uk
tel:         03415 55 55 55 ext.  442967

The above information was supplied by:

Betsy

Betsy Wojcik
Research Advisor
Fife Council
Fife House (5th floor, West)
North Street
Glenrothes  KY7 5LT

Tel:           01592 583138
Internal:  441206

08/03/2018

Your GP and You: Have your say on GP services

Created: 28/02/2018

When: 1.30 - 3.30pm, Wednesday 28 March 2018
Where: Common Room, Education Centre, Level 2, Queen Margaret Hospital, Whitefield Road, Dunfermline, KY12 0SU
This event is being organised by The ALLIANCE

A new contract for GPs has been agreed. This new contract is part of wider primary care transformation to ensure that GPs can spend more time with the patients who need them most. This will be enabled by an expansion of the team of healthcare professionals working in general practice (such as practice nurses, physiotherapists and pharmacists) so patients can access the right person at the right time. The ALLIANCE are looking for you views on how these changes can be made to work.

Who is this event for?

This workshop is aimed at gathering input from those who use GP services and are interested in giving their views on the new GP contract.

What will this event involve?

This event is one of five happening in different areas on the same day. These will all be connected by video link, giving you an opportunity to hear presentations on what the new contract is and how it will work. You will also be able to share your views with others and contribute to a conversation between people in different areas.

You will be asked for your views on how this could improve your experiences with GP services; concerns you might have about the changes; and how you would like people to be involved in the implementation of the changes.

Outputs and recommendations from this engagement will be presented to the Scottish Government for consideration in ongoing discussions around the GP contract. The ALLIANCE will continue to make the case for these outputs in interactions with Scottish Government throughout the development of the GP contract.

If you want any further information on this event then please contact gregory.hill-oconnor@alliance-scotland.org.uk

Travel expenses

Any travel expenses will be paid by the ALLIANCE. Expenses forms will be emailed out before the event. Original reciepts will be required.

How do I book?

Click here to access the event's Eventbrite booking page.

Contact: Gregory Hill-O
Phone: 0141 404 0231
E-mail: gregory.hill-oconnor@alliance-scotland.org.uk
For more information visit this weblink

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08/03/2018

Cold Weather Payments for Fife Postcodes

Created: 05/03/2018

The Government have announced a cold weather payment to households in KY3, KY4, KY5, KY11 and KY12 postcodes for the period of 27th February to 5th March 2018.

This happens when the average temperature drops below 0 degrees celsius for seven consecutive days.

You will qualify for an additional payment of £25 if you receive:

  • Pension credit

  • income support

  • income-based job seekers allowance

  • income-related employment and support allowance

  • Universal Credit

If you qualify and you are in the designated postcode areas you should recieve £25 alongside your next benefit payment.

If you don’t receive your Cold Weather Payment

Tell your pension centre or Jobcentre Plus office if you think you should have received a Cold Weather Payment but you haven’t.

If you’re getting Universal Credit, contact the helpline instead.

Universal Credit helpline
Telephone: 0800 328 9344
Textphone: 0800 328 1344
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Find out about call charges

Click here for more information.

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08/03/2018

Falkirk District and Mental Health Association - Mindfulness for Wellbeing

Created: 08/03/2018

Learn how to relieve emotional distress by finding new and effective ways of enhancing your wellbeing and managing stress.

In a safe and welcoming environment, discover how the practice of mindfulness is shown to be highly effective in reducing stress and enhancing wellbeing.

A two-hour session between 6:30 - 8:30pm on a Wednesday evening for eight weeks, find out how mindfulness could improve your life.

To find out more information please click here.

If you are Interested in attending this course please contact FDAMH [Falkirk District and Mental Health] training academy by e-mail: academy@fdamh.org.uk, or call 01324 671600.

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08/03/2018

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07/03/2018

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This special bulletin from FVA highlights upcoming training and learning opportunities that we've organised specifically for third sector colleagues in Fife.

02/03/2018

How to Deal with Cancer in the Workplace

Created: 28/02/2018

When: 5.30 - 7.00pm, Tuesday 29 May 2018
Where: Maggie, Victoria Hospital, Hayfield Road, Kirkcaldy, KY2 5AH
This event is being organised by Maggies Fife


When: 5.30 - 7.00pm, Tuesday 28 August 2018
Where: Maggie's Fife, Victoria Hospital, Hayfield Road, Kirkcaldy, KY2 5AH
This event is being organised by Maggies Fife

When: 5.30 - 7.00pm, Tuesday 30 October 2018
Where: Maggie's Fife, Victoria Hospital, Hayfield Road, Kirkcaldy, KY2 5AH
This event is being organised by Maggies Fife

Maggies Fife would like to invite you to their workshop; Cancer in the Workplace.

This free workshop will help you to;

  • Understand the emotional, physical and psychological needs of employees with cancer

  • Approach these situations with knowledge, empathy and understanding by providing you with insights and management strategies

  • Create the right framework to manage employees with cancer

To book a place or to find out more please use the contact details provided below.


Contact: Tumong Edwards
Phone: 01529 647997
E-mail: tumong.edwards@maggiescentre.org
For more information visit this weblink

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02/03/2018

Good governance and keeping people safe

Created: 21/02/2018

Further to recent news about the incidents that occurred at Oxfam and one or two others that have recently been reported in the media, Scotland's Charity Regulator (OSCR) has published some good guidance for Charity Trustees. It was sent by e-mail to the principal contact at every registered Charity in Scotland.  If you received it, please pass it on to all Trustees and senior staff in your organisation.

If you didn't get it directly then you can read it below - we've copied it out in full. 

Also, you may not have received because your organisation may not be a registered charity - not all third sector organisations are charities.  The guidance will be helpful to non-Charities too.

All organisations have a duty of care to their staff, volunteers and beneficiaries/clients/service users.  Please remember, Fife Voluntary Action is here to help, we can:

  • Be approached by anybody with concerns about how organisations are being run;

  • Provide support to help organisations to manage risk and ensure robust arrangements are in place;

  • Train Trustees/Committee members in good governance and to understand their roles and responsibilities (free session coming up on Wednesday 11 April in Cupar);

  • Advise organisations on how to manage difficult situations.

As always, please don't hesitate to get in touch to discuss this - almost all of the support we provide is free for third sector organisations operating in Fife.


You may also be interested in this article about trust in charities.


Here's the OSCR communication in full:

The recent reports of abuses connected to some charities working in the international aid sector are deeply troubling and as a regulator we take such matters extremely seriously. 

There are two key points that we would like to remind charities of in light of the reports.

  • Safeguarding (keeping vulnerable beneficiaries, volunteers and staff safe)

  • Notifiable Events

Due to the importance of them both, we are asking charity trustees to make sure that these topics are Agenda Items at the next meeting. 

Safeguarding - Keeping vulnerable beneficiaries, volunteers and staff safe

The public is right to expect the highest standards of governance from charity trustees – charity law also requires it. We work very closely with Police Scotland and the justice system where we consider there is any criminal activity or risk to vulnerable people.  Charities working with vulnerable beneficiaries or volunteers need a heightened focus on possible abuses of power that might lead to bullying, harassment, or sexual misconduct. 

The legal duty of all charity trustees is to act in the best interests of their charity and, in particular, to act with due care and diligence.  For all charities, this means trustees should make sure that they create a safe environment for staff, beneficiaries and volunteers.  Charities should have the appropriate policies, procedures and practices in place to make sure that everyone is kept safe. It is important to develop a culture that enables anyone to report concerns, whilst making sure that those concerns are dealt with appropriately and in a sensitive manner. They should also ensure that everyone in the organisation understands these policies and that they are reviewed and kept up to date as organisations grow and change.

Remember, charity trustees are the ones who are ultimately accountable when something goes wrong in a charity, and it is up to them to take appropriate action when it is required. If you are a charity trustee, please review your safeguarding polices – and if they are not comprehensive enough, work with your fellow trustees to get them where they need to be as soon as possible.

Here are some key actions for charity trustees to take:

  • Know what you have to do – trustees must follow charity law but there may be other specific statutory duties because of the type of work your charity does (for instance, your staff and volunteers may need to be members of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups –PVG –scheme depending on the type of work your charity carries out)

  • Assess your safeguarding risks and address them where necessary

  • Be confident that the steps you put in place are relevant to the size and work of your charity

  • Make sure your charity’s policies and procedures are effectively applied in practice throughout the organisation, and you are confident that they will continue to be followed in the future

  • Review your safeguarding policies and procedures at least once every 12 months. If there are gaps, make sure that any new policies or procedures are in line with the charity’s purposes and the law

  • Encourage a safe environment so that volunteers, staff and beneficiaries feel that they can speak up when they think something is going wrong

  • Be decisive with any action you have to take, procrastinating can be viewed as complacency

  • Be transparent when incidents do occur, and learn if things go wrong

  • Ensure that serious incidents are reported to OSCR and other relevant bodies.

Later this year, we will be publishing new guidance on safeguarding. If there is anything you would like to see us cover in this guidance, please email info@oscr.org.uk and we will consider your suggestions.

Notifiable events

When problems occur, it is important for trustees to address them vigorously and transparently – we have a Notifiable Events system which should be used in circumstances like this. 

This system was started in April 2016 and it gives us an opportunity to provide guidance to charities when serious incidents occur.

Notifiable Event could be:

  • fraud and theft

  • significant financial loss

  • incidents of abuse or mistreatment of vulnerable beneficiaries

  • a lack of charity trustees required to make a legal decision

  • when a charity has been subject to a criminal investigation or an investigation by another regulator or agency; sanctions have been imposed, or concerns raised by another regulator or agency

  • when significant sums of money or other property have been donated to the charity from an unknown or unverified source

  • suspicions that the charity and/or its assets are being used to fund criminal activity (including terrorism)

  • charity trustees acting improperly or whilst disqualified.

There is no legal requirement to report a Notifiable Event. However, it is an important way for charities to reassure us, and other interested parties, that they are on top of the issues they are facing. Ultimately, we may become concerned if there has been a matter that has not been reported to us; especially if it goes on to have a negative impact on the individual charity or the wider charity sector.

For more information, please read the news item we published in November 2017 encouraging charities to report significant incidents when they occur.

Regards,
David Robb
Chief Executive
OSCR Online


- Tel: 01382 220 446
- Email: oscronline@oscr.org.uk
- OSCR, 2nd Floor, Quadrant House, 9 Riverside Drive, Dundee, DD1 4NY

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02/03/2018

Fundraising Guidance for Charity Trustees

Created: 24/02/2018

OSCR (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator) has just published new Fundraising Guidance for Charity Trustees.

This is a relatively brief PDF file with links to further reading and additional support throughout.

It includes:

1. Introduction
What this guidance covers
What this guidance doesn’t cover
Who this guidance is for?
How to use the guidance
Sources of help and advice

2. Self-regulation and OSCR’s role
Self-regulation – legal responsibilities and best practice
OSCR’s role – statutory regulation
Other laws
Sources of help and advice

3. Charity Trustee duties and fundraising
Acting in the interests of the charity
Acting with care and diligence
Complying with the 2005 Act
Breach of charity trustee duties and misconduct
Sources of help and advice

4. Fundraising with third party organisations
Fundraising agreements
Information given to donors
Sources of help and advice

5. Public collections and exempt promoters
Public charitable collections
The Exempt Promoter Scheme
Sources of help and advice

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02/03/2018

GDPR (data protection) for fundraising: new guides

Created: 26/02/2018

The Institute of Fundraising and Fundraising Regulator in England have produced some helpful guidance on how to ensure your fundraising complies with the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which comes into effect on 25 May 2018 across the UK.  These concise guides have been reviewed by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) who will police compliance in the UK.

You can access these free PDF files from: https://www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/guidance/research/get-ready-for-gdpr/spotlight-series/

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02/03/2018

Survey: Take part in the BBC Loneliness Experiment

Created: 28/02/2018

Earlier this month BBC Radio 4's All in the Mind programme launched The BBC Loneliness Experiment.

Devised by psychology professor, Pamela Qualter and colleagues, in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust, the online survey aims to explore the causes and possible solutions to loneliness. It was completed by 5,000 people within the first few hours of its launch and is the world's largest ever survey of its kind on loneliness. The experiment is open to everyone, even if you've never felt lonely.

You can find out more and take part by clicking here

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02/03/2018

Consultation: Adults with Incapacity Reform

Created: 28/02/2018

The Scottish Government are seeking views on proposals for reform to the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 (AWI).

In 2000, when the AWI act came into force, it was regarded as ground-breaking legislation, essentially a world leader in capacity legislation. For the first time, Scotland had a comprehensive regime to protect the welfare and financial rights of persons lacking in capacity.

International human rights law in this field has developed further since then and the Scottish Government need to ensure that Scotland's law remains fully fit for purpose.

The proposals relate to the following:

  • Graded Guardianships

  • Change of forum for Adults with Incapacity (AWI) cases

  • Creation of supported decision maker role and a supported decision making scheme

  • Clarification of use of powers of attorney in deprivation of liberty cases

  • Creation of short term ‘placement order’

  • Clarification of the interaction between aspects of the AWI legislation and Adult Support and Protection legislation.

Scottish Ministers have committed to a review of the Adults with Incapacity legislation. Earlier consultations have suggested areas where the law needs to change. This consultation is seeking your views on these changes to ensure that any new legislation in this field takes full account of the public's view on these matters. 

Click here to read more or to take part.

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02/03/2018

Online support for eating disorders

Created: 28/02/2018

New resources give young people and families advice and peer support.

Young people struggling with eating disorders are being provided with peer support and advice through new online resources.

An online peer support tool allows young people to pair with a trained volunteer who has recovered from an eating disorder (ED) such as anorexia and bulimia.

This is alongside a new website, the CarED platform, that hosts video tutorials and links for parents and carers, and a database of services across the country. The Scottish Government funded NHS Lothian to build the site, and the health board has worked with eating disorders charity Beat and young people who have recovered from EDs to develop the resources.

Click here to find out more, or click the above link to access the new website.

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01/03/2018

Fife Adult Support and Protection February Newsletter

Created: 28/02/2018

Click here to read the February edition of the Fife Adult Support and Protection Newsletter.

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01/03/2018

Consultation: Time for neurological conditions to take the limelight

Created: 28/02/2018

The ALLIANCE is leading on a programme of consultation, in collaboration with the Neurological Alliance of Scotland, to gather and leverage the powerful voice of the neurological community in Scotland.

Together they plan to develop recommendations and priorities for the future of neurological services, based on the voice of people with lived experience of these conditions. 

They are using a number of ways to capture that voice, ensuring they understand the experiences of people with neurological conditions accessing services and their shared priorities. In order to do this, a mixed methods approach is being taken in order to get a breadth and depth of views. A review of existing information about experiences of accessing neurological services has been undertaken, a number of focus groups held and now a survey has been launched.

The survey is based on the themes emergent from previous research and following the focus groups further themes were included. Those themes are familiar to those working in this field; including issues like clear care pathways and care coordination, improved communication, education and support for carers.

Click here to read more and to take part in this survey.

The survey will close on Thursday 29 March 2018.

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01/03/2018

Fife Adult Support and Protection Committee - What's new in Adult Support and Protection?

Created: 01/03/2018

Find out what's new in Adult Support and Protection by downloading their latest newsletter.  This edition contains information on: 

  • Easy Read Domestic Abuse and Sexual Abuse booklets

  • National Adult Protection Day

  • Working Together training

  • Duty of Candour

  • Pressure Ulcers: Safeguarding Adults Protection

  • Suicide Support

If you or someone you know is at risk of harm or is being neglected call the Adult Protection Phone Line on 01383 602200. All information is available by clicking here.

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01/03/2018

Can Fifers trust charities?

Created: 21/02/2018

Despite recent media coverage the people of Fife can, and should, trust charities. 

I’ve conducted investigations into wrongdoing in charities and have seen some serious problems within a small number of them across the country.  I know charities better than most people, having directly advised and supported hundreds over many years.  I trust them and the people who run them – they are hard-working, decent, honest people who continue to impress and inspire me. 

That doesn’t mean things can’t go wrong or that an individual might not seek to harm somebody.  Let’s ensure some wrongdoing somewhere, as serious as it may have been, does not result in services being needlessly lost to our most vulnerable citizens.

Trust in Charities declining in Scotland

I say this because I woke up this morning to what is, for me and many others at least, a worrying headline on the front page of The Scotsman: “More than a quarter of Scots don’t place trust in charities”.  This is taken from an IPSOS Mori poll conducted in late 2017 but surfacing more prominently in light of the media coverage of the sex scandal issues facing Oxfam, and now Save the Children.  People are cancelling direct debits to charities and millions of pounds have already been lost as a result.

Like the vast majority of decent people I am outraged that such things go on at all, let alone in the name of charity and by people being paid by charities to help some of our most vulnerable citizens.  That they would abuse their positions of power is grotesque and unacceptable. 

But I am also angry and embarrassed that these things were not dealt with properly within our sector at the time. That was wrong and the leaders of those organisations need to be held to account.  The people at the top need to know that it is their responsibility to thoroughly investigate such allegations and take difficult decisions and do the right thing when required to do so.  Protecting the reputation of a charity is important, but it must never be more important than protecting your service users/clients/beneficiaries.

Most organisations operating in Fife are locally-owned – owned by the communities they serve.  The Trustees of these charities are very close to those they support – in geographical terms at least. Communities can directly influence what these charities do and who runs them. 

As Chief Executive of a voluntary sector support agency, you may well expect me to dismiss wrongdoing in our sector or perhaps to even make excuses for it.  I do not. 

Being a Trustee

I’ve been a Trustee of a number of charities and have been the chair of the Board of Trustees of national and local charities.  These are hugely responsible positions – regardless of the nature of the work of the charity.  It’s not particularly difficult to be a good Trustee (we provide free training on that!).  There are places to go for advice and support (indeed, that’s one of our main roles here at Fife Voluntary Action).  At all times I felt that I had been afforded a position of public trust and that it was my duty to uphold that trust and serve the public to the best of my ability and with inherent core values such as honesty, integrity and respect.  Having supported hundreds of organisations over the years, I can confidently tell you that just about every other Trustee believes (and embodies) that too.

Lack of trust leads to lack of services

So, I’m not making excuses or seeking to diminish just how bad some of these situations are.  So why am I writing this?  I’m writing this for two reasons – firstly, Fifers should absolutely trust charities and secondly, diminishing public trust in Scotland’s charities will irreparably damage our society.  I really do believe that.  It will put our most vulnerable citizens and communities at greater risk – risk of the worst excesses of poverty, isolation, discrimination, inequality, ill health, crime, unachieved potential and social injustice.  Trust in charities leads directly to better lives.

I’m not saying that you should continue to support charities even if they do wrong.  That’s entirely a decision for you to take based on the facts available to you and your own values and conscience.  I am saying that you should not tar all charities with the same brush. 

For every charity scandal you can name, I could tell you about dozens of examples of tremendous, selfless work that changes lives.  Research and analysis over recent years has shown that people working in the charity sector are paid less than equivalent roles in the public or private sectors.  Our sector attracts good people who want to do good.  And the overwhelming majority of people I’ve met and worked with only do good. 

However, I have to accept that there are some people in society who seek to harm others.  In recent months you are likely to have read about sex scandals in politics, the media including the film industry, global technology firms, armed forces, sport, education, health and a lot of private businesses.  I don’t see the media clamouring for us to assume that all such organisations or their senior people are up to no good, hiding wrongdoing or, heaven forbid, condoning such behaviour.

Charities are already facing unprecedented challenges

The timing for all of this is of particular concern to me.  We have over 3,000 community groups, voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises operating in Fife today.  Funding is getting harder to come by, donations are down and yet costs are going up and demand is increasing for most organisations. 

As austerity continues to bite hard, mostly affecting those who can least cope, public sector budgets are reducing and the voluntary/third/charity sector is expected to step in.  And we do.  Almost without fail in every single case. 

This is thanks to the tremendous commitment, goodwill and support from our staff and volunteers and to the many people in our communities who give their time, skills and money to help.  Despite staff in our sector being typically paid less, getting fewer holidays and considerably worse pensions than most people in other sectors.  Yet many are working more hours, in challenging circumstances and rarely turning anybody away. 

Charities benefit us all

If we all stop for a minute and think about it, we have all directly benefited from the work of the charity sector – if not directly for ourselves then a loved one, from hospices, cancer and other health conditions support organisations, foodbanks, elderly day care, lunch clubs, family support, homelessness prevention, substance misuse, counselling, advocacy, community transport, culture and sports organisations and many, many more.  Without essential support from local people these organisations would not exist and could not help the tens of thousands of people in Fife who benefit directly, every single month.

Those guilty of abuses of power and those in authority who fail to act should always be held to account and punished appropriately.  All organisations in the sector do not deserve to be punished due to the actions of a tiny minority.  I would therefore end by urging each of you to:

1.      Have pride and trust in the fantastic and selfless work undertaken by tens of thousands of staff and volunteers in Fife’s third sector – thanks to your support and generosity they will be there when you or a loved one needs them;

2.      Consider finding ways of ensuring valuable services provided by charities are not lost to our communities – through donating money (or perhaps leaving a legacy in your will), or donating your time – becoming a fundraiser, a volunteer or joining a committee (see www.fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk/volunteer  for immediate and free support to do this – we have over 700 unique opportunities across Fife right now!)

3.      Speak to us here at Fife Voluntary Action, or the charity regulator in Scotland (www.oscr.org.uk) if you have any concerns about how a charity is being run or want to support an organisation that you can be confident is being run well.  You can call us during normal office hours on 0800 389 6046 or visit www.fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk

I’d be happy to describe more about the work of local charities in Fife and our role in supporting that with anybody who wishes to get in touch.

Kenny Murphy
Chief Executive, Fife Voluntary Action.

You may also be interested in this article about safeguarding people.

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01/03/2018

Fife Voluntary Action lead on mental health and employability workshops for Delivering Differently

Created: 27/02/2018

Fife Voluntary Action and the Scottish Recovery Network are delivering a series of workshops looking into mental health and employability services in Fife as part of a new project called Delivering Differently.

Delivering Differently is a partnership project funded by the Scottish Government, reporting to the Opportunities Fife Partnership and Fife Health and Social Care Partnership. Delivering Differently is working to create a Fife where people with mental health problems can easily access appropriate support as and when they are ready to make the journey (back) into work.

These workshops are targeted at:

  • People with lived experience of mental health problems who may or may not have accessed services before (you don’t need to have a diagnosis or have accessed a service to attend this workshop) and their carers or support person; and

  • Mental health and/or employability staff at all levels including managers, frontline workers, and volunteers.

Details of the workshops are as follows:

Thursday 15 March, 1.15-4.00pm, Volunteer House, Cupar

Friday 16 March, 1.15-4.00pm, Craig Mitchell House, Glenrothes

Wednesday 21 March, 9.45am-12.30pm, Hayfield Community Centre, Kirkcaldy

Thursday 22 March, 10.15am-1.00pm, The Centre, Leven

Thursday 22 March, 5.45-8.30pm, The Maxwell Centre, Cowdenbeath

Friday 23 March, 11.45am-2.30pm, West Fife Enterprise, Valleyfield

Monday 26 March, 1.15-4.00pm, Lochgelly Centre, Lochgelly

Tuesday 27 March, 10.15am-1.00pm, New Volunteer House, Kirkcaldy

Tuesday 27 March, 5.45-8.30pm, Levenmouth Academy, Leven

Thursday 29 March, 1.15-4.00pm, Gillespie Church, Dunfermline

Click any of the links above to find out more or to book your place.

Spread the word! Click here to access an A5 flyer with details of the workshops which you can circulate to your networks. If you would like hard-copies of these to share please contact David on 0800 389 6046. 

Please note that booking is essential as we have a maximum number of 20 places at each workshop.

Delivering Differently is an 18-month project funded by the Scottish Government, led by Fife Voluntary Action in partnership with Opportunities Fife Partnership and Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership.

Have more questions? Click here to read our frequently asked questions document. 

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23/02/2018

Scottish Government - Social Isolation and Loneliness Strategy: Kirkcaldy consultation event

Created: 22/02/2018

When: 11.00am-1.30pm, Thursday 05 April 2018
Where: New Volunteer House, 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT
This event is being organised by Scottish Government

In the last Parliamentary term, the Scottish Government welcomed The Equal Opportunities Committee report on Social Isolation which was the first of its kind anywhere in the world. The committee found that social isolation and loneliness was a problem in Scotland, and recommended that the Government developed a national strategy to tackle it. This consultation is an important part of the process.

Social Isolation and loneliness is an issue that can affect anyone at any age or stage of their lives. Feelings of loneliness have been demonstrated to have wide ranging consequences for those effected and has been shown to lead to depression across all ages, as well as cognitive decline and dementia in older people.

To book your place on this course please click here.

E-mail: AConnectedScotland@gov.scot

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23/02/2018

Help us shape mental health and employment services in Fife, Glenrothes

Created: 21/02/2018

When: 1.30 to 4.00pm, Friday 16 March 2018
Where: Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5QF
This event is being organised by Fife Voluntary Action as part of Delivering Differently for Mental Health in Fife

Book a place(s) now!

Help us shape mental health and employment services in Fife, Kirkcaldy

Created: 21/02/2018

When: 10.00am to 12.30pm, Wednesday 21 March 2018
Where: Hayfield Community Centre, Hayfield Community Centre, Kirkcaldy, KY2 5DG
This event is being organised by Fife Voluntary Action as part of Delivering Differently for Mental Health in Fife

Book a place(s) now!

Help us shape mental health and employment services in Fife, Levenmouth

Created: 21/02/2018

When: 10.30am to 1.00pm, Thursday 22 March 2018
Where: The Centre, Commercial Road, Leven, KY8 4QW
This event is being organised by Fife Voluntary Action as part of Delivering Differently for Mental Health in Fife

Book a place(s) now!

Help us shape mental health and employment services in Fife, Cowdenbeath

Created: 21/02/2018

When: 6.00 to 8.30pm, Thursday 22 March 2018
Where: Maxwell Centre, 70 Stenhouse Street, Cowdenbeath, KY4 9DD
This event is being organised by Fife Voluntary Action as part of Delivering Differently for Mental Health in Fife

Book a place(s) now!

Help us shape mental health and employment services in Fife, Valleyfield

Created: 21/02/2018

When: 12.00pm to 2.30pm, Friday 23 March 2018
Where: West Fife Enterprise, Forth View Industrial Estate, Dunfermline, KY12 8TL
This event is being organised by Fife Voluntary Action as part of Delivering Differently for Mental Health in Fife

Book a place(s) now!

Help us shape mental health and employment services in Fife, Lochgelly

Created: 21/02/2018

When: 1.30 to 4.00pm, Monday 26 March 2018
Where: Lochgelly Centre, Bank Street, Lochgelly, KY5 9RD
This event is being organised by Fife Voluntary Action as part of Delivering Differently for Mental Health in Fife

Book a place(s) now!

Help us shape mental health and employment services in Fife, Kirkcaldy

Created: 21/02/2018

When: 10.30am to 1.00pm, Tuesday 27 March 2018
Where: New Volunteer House, 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT
This event is being organised by Fife Voluntary Action as part of Delivering Differently for Mental Health in Fife

Book a place(s) now!

Help us shape mental health and employment services in Fife, Levenmouth

Created: 21/02/2018

When: 6.00 to 8.30pm, Tuesday 27 March 2018
Where: Levenmouth Academy, Methilhaven Road, Leven, KY8 1EA
This event is being organised by Fife Voluntary Action as part of Delivering Differently for Mental Health in Fife

Book a place(s) now!

Help us shape mental health and employment services in Fife, Dunfermline

Created: 21/02/2018

When: 1.30 to 4.00pm, Thursday 29 March 2018
Where: Gillespie Church, 14 Chapel Street, Dunfermline, KY12 7AW
This event is being organised by Fife Voluntary Action as part of Delivering Differently for Mental Health in Fife

Book a place(s) now!

Join us at this interactive, informal workshop to explore how we can improve mental health and employment services here in Fife.

This interactive workshop facilitated by the Scottish Recovery Network and hosted by Fife Voluntary Action will give you the opportunity to talk about mental health and employment services here in Fife.

The information gathered at this workshop will allow us to hear what has worked well within mental health and employability services, and what we can do to make them even better.

These workshops are being organised through Delivering Differently which is a partnership project that envisions a Fife where people with mental health problems can easily access appropriate support as and when they are ready to make the journey (back) into work.

Who should attend?

This event is open to people in Fife who:

  • Have lived experience of mental health problems

  • Are carers

  • Work in mental health services

  • Work in employability services

  • Employers

We are looking to have a balance of people with lived experience of mental health problems and staff who deliver services at each workshop, so make sure you book now to ensure your voice is heard.

Please note that when you click ‘book a place(s) now’ that you are requesting a space at the workshop. You will get an e-mail through to confirm your request has been received. This is not a confirmation of booking. Your confirmation e-mail will be sent through when your place has been accepted.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served at this workshop.

Not able to join us? Don’t worry, contact Christine to request a copy of our feedback form to make sure your voice is heard – just let Christine know if you’re responding as an individual or as a member of staff from an organisation.

Non-Staff: Expenses can be provided for your attendance at this workshop. A maximum amount of £8.70 can be claimed in exchange for your Fife dayrider ticket. Please keep your ticket as you cannot claim expenses without this.

Phone: 01592 760720
E-mail: info@fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk

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Help us shape mental health and employment services in Fife, Cupar

Created: 21/02/2018

When: 1.30pm to 4.00pm, Thursday 15 March 2018
Where: Volunteer House, 69-73 Crossgate, Cupar, KY15 5AS
This event is being organised by Fife Voluntary Action as part of Delivering Differently for Mental Health in Fife

Book a place(s) now!

Join us at this interactive, informal workshop to explore how we can improve mental health and employment services here in Fife.

This interactive workshop facilitated by the Scottish Recovery Network and hosted by Fife Voluntary Action will give you the opportunity to talk about mental health and employment services here in Fife.

The information gathered at this workshop will allow us to hear what has worked well within mental health and employability services, and what we can do to make them even better.

These workshops are being organised through Delivering Differently which is a partnership project that envisions a Fife where people with mental health problems can easily access appropriate support as and when they are ready to make the journey (back) into work.

Who should attend?

This event is open to people in Fife who:

  • Have lived experience of mental health problems

  • Are carers

  • Work in mental health services

  • Work in employability services

  • Employers

We are looking to have a balance of people with lived experience of mental health problems and staff who deliver services at each workshop, so make sure you book now to ensure your voice is heard.

Please note that when you click ‘book a place(s) now’ that you are requesting a space at the workshop. You will get an e-mail through to confirm your request has been received. This is not a confirmation of booking. Your confirmation e-mail will be sent through when your place has been accepted.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served at this workshop.

Not able to join us? Don’t worry, contact Christine to request a copy of our feedback form to make sure your voice is heard – just let Christine know if you’re responding as an individual or as a member of staff from an organisation.

Non-Staff: Expenses can be provided for your attendance at this workshop. A maximum amount of £8.70 can be claimed in exchange for your Fife dayrider ticket. Please keep your ticket as you cannot claim expenses without this.

Phone: 01592 760720
E-mail: info@fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk

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23/02/2018

Weston Anniversary Fund - Community Facilities

Created: 22/02/2018

Weston Anniversary Fund

For 60 years the Trustees of the Garfield Weston Foundation have supported local charities across the UK. These small to medium organisations are often un-sung champions doing important work to keep our communities connected.

To celebrate the Foundation’s anniversary and the vital role of volunteers and community charities, the Foundation has launched an additional grants scheme that will be open to applications from 05 January to 30 June 2018 exclusively – the Weston Anniversary Fund.

This is a Capital grants scheme and applying is a simple one-step process.

Please read about the fund, the application process and click here to find out if you are eligible to apply.

For more information on the fund please click here.

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23/02/2018

Workplace Equality Fund - Reducing inequality in Businesses

Created: 22/02/2018

Workplace Equality Fund

The aim of the £500,000 one-year Fund is to support private businesses in reducing employment inequalities, discrimination and barriers in the workplace. Grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 are available. In exceptional circumstances, applications of up to £100,000 will be considered.  To be eligible applicants should be a private business or a third sector organisation whose project proposes to work with private business.

The funding will support employers in reducing employment inequalities, discrimination and barriers particularly across the arts, culture, leisure, tourism, finance, manufacturing, construction, agriculture and fishing, transport and communication and STEM sectors.

Fund Outcomes:

  • Employment opportunities and progression in the workplace are improved for participant groups and consideration is given to how this can be embedded into the workplace to ensure lasting change;

  • Knowledge, skills, policies and practices are improved in order to address employment inequalities, discrimination and barriers/challenges within the workplace;

  • A more inclusive working environment is created through employees and employers working in partnership.

Knowledge, skills, policies and practices are improved in order to address employment inequalities, discrimination and barriers/challenges within the workplace.

A more inclusive working environment is created through employees and employers working in partnership.

Funding rounds and timescales:

  • 08 February 2018 funding round 1 opens for applications

  • 29 March 2018 round 1 closes to applications at 12 o'clock

  • 02 July 2018 funding round 2 opens for applications

  • 30 August 2018 round 2 closes to applications at 12 o'clock

For more information please visit their  webiste.

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23/02/2018

65 working days to go: Every third sector organisation impacted by new data protection laws

Created: 22/02/2018

There's just over 60 working days to understand how the new data protection legislation (the General Data Protection Regulations, or GDPR) will impact on your organisation.  By that same deadline you also need to be fully compliant - there will be no grace period!

The legislation and requirements have changed a lot from the old Data Protection Act, impacting on employee records, volunteer records, IT security, paper files, health and conviction information and much, much more.  Information you store and process on any person is covered by the new GDPR.  This legislation will impact every organisation.

For example, if you employ staff and don't take certain steps before 25 May, you will be in breach of the lawand could face a hefty fine.  The maximum fines have increased considerably. We're not in the business of scaremongering, but this is important legislation and we want to ensure organisations are compliant.  You may not need to do much, but there are things that you absolutely must do or you will be in breach.

There's a wealth of information available on the Information Commissioner's website: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/

Here, at FVA, we've already hosted a few introductory sessions in partnership with the Information Commissioner's Office.

We're running three more detailed/practically focused training sessions in March, led by an experienced solicitor and our own CEO, it will be more targeted at third sector organisations and afford opportunities to ask questions. Two sessions are fully subscribed already but the session for Thursday 01 March still has a few places left.  Please click here to book your place.

The session is designed for Trustees and/or senior staff.

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11/02/2018

Macmillan Cancer Support - Engagement Event

Created: 08/02/2018

When: 5.00pm-7.00pm, Wednesday 07 March 2018
Where: Kirkcaldy Town House, 2 Wemmysfield, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XW
This event is being organised by Macmillan Cancer Support

Have you or someone close to you been affected by cancer? Macmillan really want to hear your views and experience to help them shape and influence a new service.

They are holding engagement events across Fife. If you would like to attend or find out more information please contact Lisa on 01592 578 076 or e-mail Improving.CancerJourney@fife.gov.uk. Tea & coffee will be provided.

Phone: 01592 578 076
E-mail: Improving.CancerJourney@fife.gov.uk

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11/02/2018

Cowdenbeath Fife Health and Social Care Locality Planning Group

Created: 07/02/2018

When: 2.00 - 4.00pm, Wednesday 07 March 2018
Where: Bowhill Community Learning and Development Centre, 145 Station Road, Cardenden , Cardenden, KY5 0BN
This event is being organised by Fife Health and Social Care Partnership 

Following on from the first Cowdenbeath Area Health and Social Care Locality Planning meeting held in August 2017, the next meeting for the group has been arranged. 

These meetings are open to community groups, public sector, third sector and independent sector staff who are interested in health and social care.

If you would like to attend then please e-mail Heather.Gibson-NHS@fife.gov.uk.

If you would like further information about these groups and how your organisation/service may fit into these groups please do not hesitate to contact Christine Davison on 0800 389 6046. 

Contact: Heather Gibson
E-mail: Heather.Gibson-NHS@fife.gov.uk

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11/02/2018

Macmillan Cancer Support - Engagement Event

Created: 08/02/2018

When: 10.00am-12.00pm, Tuesday 06 March 2018
Where: Cowdenbeath Leisure Centre, 7 Pit Road, KY4 9NN
This event is being organised by Macmillan Cancer Support

Have you or someone close to you been affected by cancer? Macmillan really want to hear your views and experience to help them shape and influence a new service.

They are holding engagement events across Fife. If you would like to attend or find out more information please contact Lisa on 01592 578 076 or e-mail Improving.CancerJourney@fife.gov.uk. Tea & coffee will be provided.

Phone: 01592 578 076
E-mail: Improving.CancerJourney@fife.gov.uk

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11/02/2018

Macmillan Cancer Support - Engagement Event

Created: 08/02/2018

When: 10.00am-12.00pm, Wednesday 28 February 2018
Where: Cupar County Buildings, St Catherine Street, Cupar, KY15 4TA
This event is being organised by Macmillan Cancer Support

Have you or someone close to you been affected by cancer? Macmillan really want to hear your views and experience to help them shape and influence a new service.

They are holding engagement events across Fife. If you would like to attend or find out more information please contact Lisa on 01592 578 076 or e-mail Improving.CancerJourney@fife.gov.uk. Tea & coffee will be provided.

Phone: 01592 578 076
E-mail: Improving.CancerJourney@fife.gov.uk

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11/02/2018

Deaf Action Charity Shop Grand Opening

Created: 08/02/2018

When: 1.30pm-3.00pm, Wednesday 28 February 2018
Where: Deaf Action, 245-247 High Street, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1JF
This event is being organised by Deaf Action

Deaf Action would like to invite you and a guest to attend a Grand Opening and be among the first to preview their new charity shop in Kirkcaldy. The new shop will offer clothes, textiles, furniture, electrical appliances and sports equipment. As well as a shop, the venue will also boast offices for their Employability Service and a training room for British Sign Language classes. They hope they can gain your support in making the shop a success and thereby continuing their efforts to work together for an equal and better future for all deaf people. 

If you would like to attend please RSVP to Carol McKay by Monday 19 February (if possible) using the contact details provided below.

Contact: Carol McKay
Phone: 01382 221 124
E-mail: cmckay@deafaction.org

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05/02/2018

Delivering Differently for Mental Health in Fife - #timetotalk

Created: 01/02/2018

It’s #timetotalk about Delivering Differently for mental health in Fife.

Fife Voluntary Action are delighted to be leading on an innovative and new project in partnership with Opportunities Fife Partnership and Fife Health and Social Care Partnership.

Delivering Differently is a partnership project that envisions “people with mental health problems in Fife can easily access appropriate support as and when they are ready to make the journey (back) into work.”

This is underpinned by the following principles:

  • People will have greater ownership of their journey: they are part of the solution rather than the cause of ‘a problem’ and their voice is heard.

  • Staff across sectors will know how the system(s) work and where to go for specialist support.

  • Employers in Fife will feel confident to support their staff and to create mentally healthy workplaces.

Key updates will be published on the FVA and partner websites so keep a look out for them.

We want to hear from you! - If you would like to know more about the project, feel you would like to be involved (either from an organisational/partner perspective or as a person looking to join Team Experience) then please do not hesitate to get in touch with either Christine or Pegs on 0800 389 6046.

To find out more about #timetotalk day on 01 February 2018 click here.

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05/02/2018

Fife Centre for Equalities

Equalities Weekly
Week Commencing  05/02/2018

Hello! January sure has flown by and the FCE team is still working hard to engage you in all the important issues - find out more below.

Joining our Board:
Fife Centre for Equalities is seeking new members to join our Board of Trustees. No previous experience is required but must have a commitment to strong governance and inclusive equality.

The position of Trustee is a voluntary one, however, out-of-pocket expenses will be met.  For more information, please contact Nina Munday, Manager, nina@centreforequalities.org.uk or 01592 645 310. Suitable applicants will be invited to attend an informal interview. For an application here, click here.

FCE Roundtable Discussion Human Rights and the Scottish Parliament:

Save the date! We will soon be hosting a Roundtable Session on Human Rights, aimed at anyone who has lived experience of fighting for their rights. Don't worry, you don't have to be an expert in equality and human rights law to join in. The points raised in the discussion will be submitted to the Equalities and Human Rights Committee of the Scottish Parliament.

The event is being held on 28 Feb 2018 at 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT, from 13:00 to 15:00.

For more information, bookings or additional requirements contact Elric@centreforequalities.org.uk or give us a call at 01592 645310

Fife Carer's Strategy (2018-2021) Consultation:

Fife Council are looking to hear what matters and makes a difference to you as a carer, so that you can flourish and feel in control.

All the information and responses collected will go towards developing a carer's strategy that enables carers to provide the vital role they play within communities.

You can find the consultation by clicking the link here.

Lunchtime Equality Workshop:

The Living Wage Foundation has found that women make up 62% of those earning less than the living wage, come along to our lunchtime equality workshop and find out more on Gender Pay Gap Reporting and also how the Equality Act 2010 applies to you and your organisation.

Our workshop will be taking place on 21 Feb 2018, from 12:00 to 13:30 at 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy KY1 1XT.

Pop along at any time with your own lunch, tea and coffee is provided! This event is free however it would be helpful if you booked in advance so we can account for numbers. For more information, any questions or additional support needs contact Elric@centreforequalities.org.uk or phone 01592 645310

Thank you for your time.

Copyright © 2017 Fife Centre for Equalities, All rights reserved.
Fife Centre for Equalities, New Volunteer House, 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT
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Fife Centre for Equalities is a Company Limited by Guarantee registered in Scotland No. 536028 and registered Scottish Charity No. SC046683.

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27/01/2018

The Kirkcaldy Variety Special

Created: 06/12/2017

When: 7.30pm, Friday 20 April 2018
Where: Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy
This event is being organised by Leonard Cheshire Disability

This Variety Show starring Internationally acclaimed Scottish singer Peter Morrison, Top Irish TV Comedian Jimmy Cricket and Scotland's own musical minstrel Alastair McDonald with full supporting cast: The Adin Graham Scottish Dance Band, The Gail Neish Dance Studios and East Fife Ladies Choir.

Tickets are available from the Adam Smith Theatre Box Office on 01592 583302. 

For further information please contact Michael Jamieson using the contact details provided below.

Contact: Michael Jamieson
Phone: 07827 996245
E-mail: michael.jamieson@leonardcheshire.org
For more information visit this weblink

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27/01/2018

ONFife - Moments in Time "Fab 50's and Swinging 60's"

Created: 24/01/2018

When: 1.30pm-2.30pm, Wednesday 04 April 2018
Where: Rothes Halls, Kingdom Shopping Centre, Glenrothes, KY7 5NX
This event is being organised by ONFife

Moments in Time is a series of relaxed sessions specifically designed to provide those living with dementia an opportunity to revisit a time in their lives. Over a cup of tea and biscuits, stories, poems, photographs and music will be used to transport those attending to their own moment in time. The sessions are also a great way for those living with dementia and their partners, family and friends to meet others in similar situations to themselves in a relaxed welcoming atmosphere.

Participants must be able to attend independently or be accompanied by someone to support them during the session.

To find out more or to book your place please contact ONFife using the contact details provided below.

Phone: 01592 583 204
E-mail: mit@onfife.com

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27/01/2018

ONFife - Moments in Time "All the Fun of the Fair"

Created: 24/01/2018

When: 2.00pm-3.00pm, Tuesday 27 March 2018
Where: Kirkcaldy Galleries, Abbotshall Road, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1YG
This event is being organised by ONFife

Moments in Time is a series of relaxed sessions specifically designed to provide those living with dementia an opportunity to revisit a time in their lives. Over a cup of tea and biscuits, stories, poems, photographs and music will be used to transport those attending to their own moment in time. The sessions are also a great way for those living with dementia and their partners, family and friends to meet others in similar situations to themselves in a relaxed welcoming atmosphere.

Participants must be able to attend independently or be accompanied by someone to support them during the session.

To find out more or to book your place please contact ONFife using the contact details provided below.

Phone: 01592 583 204
E-mail: mit@onfife.com

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27/01/2018

ONFife - Moments in Time "Funny Old World"

Created: 24/01/2018

When: 1.30pm-2.30pm, Wednesday 07 March 2018
Where: Rothes Halls, Kingdom Shopping Centre, Glenrothes, KY7 5NX
This event is being organised by ONFife

Moments in Time is a series of relaxed sessions specifically designed to provide those living with dementia an opportunity to revisit a time in their lives. Over a cup of tea and biscuits, stories, poems, photographs and music will be used to transport those attending to their own moment in time. The sessions are also a great way for those living with dementia and their partners, family and friends to meet others in similar situations to themselves in a relaxed welcoming atmosphere.

Participants must be able to attend independently or be accompanied by someone to support them during the session.

To find out more or to book your place please contact ONFife using the contact details provided below.

Phone: 01592 583 204
E-mail: mit@onfife.com

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27/01/2018

ONFife - Moments in Time "Childhood Days"

Created: 24/01/2018

When: 2.00-3.00pm, Tuesday 27 February 2018
Where: Kirkcaldy Galleries, Abbotshall Road, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1YG
This event is being organised by ONFife

Moments in Time is a series of relaxed sessions specifically designed to provide those living with dementia an opportunity to revisit a time in their lives. Over a cup of tea and biscuits, stories, poems, photographs and music will be used to transport those attending to their own moment in time. The sessions are also a great way for those living with dementia and their partners, family and friends to meet others in similar situations to themselves in a relaxed welcoming atmosphere.

Participants must be able to attend independently or be accompanied by someone to support them during the session.

To find out more or to book your place please contact ONFife using the details provided below.

Phone: 01592 583 204
E-mail: mit@onfife.com

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27/01/2018

ONFife - Moments in Time "School Days"

Created: 24/01/2018

When: 1.30pm-2.30pm, Wednesday 07 February 2018
Where: Rothes Halls, Kingdom Shopping Centre, Glenrothes, KY7 5NX
This event is being organised by ONFife

Moments in Time is a series of relaxed sessions specifically designed to provide those living with dementia an opportunity to revisit a time in their lives. Over a cup of tea and biscuits, stories, poems, photographs and music will be used to transport those attending to their own moment in time. The sessions are also a great way for those living with dementia and their partners, family and friends to meet others in similar situations to themselves in a relaxed welcoming atmosphere.

Participants must be able to attend independently or be accompanied by someone to support them during the session.

To find out more or to book your place please contact ONFife using the contact details provided below.

Phone: 01592 583 204
E-mail: mit@onfife.com

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27/01/2018

Reducing Loneliness and Isolation: Launch of Scottish Government consultation

Created: 18/01/2018

Earlier this week, the Minister for Social Security, Jeane Freeman, launched the Scottish Government's draft strategy to tackle social isolation and loneliness for consultation. 

The Scottish Government's Equality Unit has planned consultation events up and down the country to engage with people and allow seldom heard voices to contribute. However, they need our help with this. People with lived experience of social isolation or chronic loneliness are pivotal to ensuring our final strategy helps us move towards the vision of a Scotland where individuals and communities are more connected and everyone has the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships regardless of age, status, circumstances or identity.  It would therefore be appreciated if we could circulate this through our networks and, where appropriate, engage with the people using our services on these issues including supporting them to attend an event should they wish to do so.

People can register for the events here:
Glasgow
Edinburgh
Dundee
Aviemore
Dumfries
Oban
Inverness
Orkney


The Equality Unit has tried to ensure a good geographic spread of events, but if you think a certain area would benefit from an event, or provide with an insight other areas may not, please let them know.  If you're organising an event and you would like them to publicise it, let them know as they will be providing updates over the course of the consultation.

You can can respond to the consultation via the citizenspace portal (https://consult.gov.scot/equality-unit/connected-scotland).  They have produced a toolkit to help you facilitate your own events should you wish. This is available to download on the citizenspace portal.

The consultation period will close on April 30th.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch by emailing them at AConnectedScotland@gov.scot.

You can access the consultation document here.

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26/01/2018

Fife Health and Social Care Partnership - Carers Consultation Launched

Created: 23/01/2018, Updated: 24/01/2018

Are you an unpaid carer? Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership has launched a six week ‘Fife Carer Strategy Consultation’ to hear your views and capture feedback on what matters to you.

There is a large number of people who support or care for family and friends on a regular basis in an unpaid capacity, giving freely of their time and energy. Their dedication is enormously valuable and their support helps a large number of people to live in their own homes and communities.

In April 2018 the Scottish Government will implement the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 and Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership is developing a Carers Strategy for 2018-2021 to support unpaid carers in the Kingdom. David Heaney, Divisional General Manager with Fife Health and Social Care Partnership gives more details:  “We know that unpaid carers play a vital role in our communities. When it comes to shaping services and knowing how we can improve the carers’ experience of health and social care, we are taking a proactive approach. Fife’s strategy must reflect and respond to unpaid carers needs now and in the years ahead, so we need to know what to change, adapt, do more of, or stop doing. The consultation actively seeks carers’ input as we need to hear about what matters and makes a difference to them so whatever we do now and in the future is effective and meaningful as possible. This consultation is an opportunity for unpaid carers to have their voice heard and I encourage as many unpaid carers to take part as possible.”

To take part in the consultation please click here. Alternatively you can request a hard copy by phoning Scott Fissenden on 03451 555 555 ext 401698 or e-mail CarersActSurvey@fife.gov.uk.

The consultation will be open until Friday 23 February 2018.

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26/01/2018

Fife Carer's Centre - January 2018 Newsletter

Created: 24/01/2018

The Fife Carers Centre Newsletter Issue 75 is ready for download. You can download the newsletter here.

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People of Fife - Personal Stories Page

We have recently launched a new section to our website, the Personal Stories page includes video interviews, case studies and personal experiences - from a diverse range of people all over Fife.

If you have a story about your life in Fife, whether it's about your community, integrating locally or any other experience you have. Share it with us! We'd love to hear from you, click the button below to find out more.

From Fife Centre for Equalities Equalities Weekly Week Commencing  22/01/2018

26/01/2018

Fife Carers Strategy

Carers play a vital role in our communities.  In April 2018 the Scottish Government will implement the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 and in Fife we are developing our carers strategy to align with this. 
To inform this we want to hear about what matters to carers, what helps them flourish and feel in control.
We know that the information, support and advice available to carers can only be successful if we know what will make the difference.  What do we need to change, do more of, or stop doing? 
The results of this consultation will influence our strategy for carers in Fife. 
The questionnaire can be accessed through “Have Your Say” section at www.fifedirect.org.uk or by clicking on the link below
https://www.fifedirect.org.uk/consult/index.cfm?fuseaction=consult.display&objectid=23C00394-CA01-5B49-0B37C4C9FDA03BEC
If you are not a carer yourself, perhaps you know someone who is – if so, we’d appreciate it if you could “spread the word” about this consultation.

Kind regards,
Betsy

Betsy Wojcik
Research Advisor
Fife Council
Fife House (5th floor, West)
North Street
Glenrothes  KY7 5LT

Tel:           01592 583138
Internal:  441206

18/01/2018

Reducing Loneliness and Isolation: Launch of Scottish Government consultation

Created: 18/01/2018

Earlier this week, the Minister for Social Security, Jeane Freeman, launched the Scottish Government's draft strategy to tackle social isolation and loneliness for consultation. 

The Scottish Government's Equality Unit has planned consultation events up and down the country to engage with people and allow seldom heard voices to contribute. However, they need our help with this. People with lived experience of social isolation or chronic loneliness are pivotal to ensuring our final strategy helps us move towards the vision of a Scotland where individuals and communities are more connected and everyone has the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships regardless of age, status, circumstances or identity.  It would therefore be appreciated if we could circulate this through our networks and, where appropriate, engage with the people using our services on these issues including supporting them to attend an event should they wish to do so.

People can register for the events here:
Glasgow
Edinburgh
Dundee
Aviemore
Dumfries
Oban
Inverness
Orkney

The Equality Unit has tried to ensure a good geographic spread of events, but if you think a certain area would benefit from an event, or provide with an insight other areas may not, please let them know.  If you're organising an event and you would like them to publicise it, let them know as they will be providing updates over the course of the consultation.

You can can respond to the consultation via the citizenspace portal (https://consult.gov.scot/equality-unit/connected-scotland).  They have produced a toolkit to help you facilitate your own events should you wish. This is available to download on the citizenspace portal.

The consultation period will close on April 30th.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch by emailing them at AConnectedScotland@gov.scot.

You can access the consultation document here.

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18/01/2018

RNIB Online Today:

The Royal National Institute of Blind People are working on a project called "Online Today" - which aims to help those with sensory loss get online by primarily using the accessibility functions built into smartphones and tablets.
As the project is nearing its end, they are looking to create a legacy that continues to support those with sensory loss through training and support, you can find more information for the training here.

From Fife Centre for Equalities - Equalities Weekly - Week Commencing  15/01/2018

16/01/2018

Windmill Community Campus and Integrated Facilities Survey:

We here at Fife Centre for Equalities are conducting a survey on behalf of Fife Council in order to find out how you are using integrated facilities, how satisfied you are with the integrated facility and how Fife Council can improve access.

It would be helpful if you could complete the survey and share the link with your family, friends and colleagues. Our staff and volunteers will be based at the campus to help anyone to complete the survey, you can find the timetable here.

From Fife Centre for Equalities - Equalities Weekly - Week Commencing  15/01/2018

16/01/2018

Equality in Fife - Statistical Report:

After months of tirelessly collating information, formatting and writing - it's here, our full statistical report on Equality in Fife is now published. This report covers all nine protected characteristics and reporting on topics such as employment, housing and education.

In addition, we have a range of fact sheets that summarise each section of the report - highlighting key facts and figures, you can find those and the full report on our website here.

From Fife Centre for Equalities - Equalities Weekly - Week Commencing  15/01/2018

16/01/2018

ILF Scotland Transition Fund [Independent Living]

Created: 10/01/2018, Updated: 11/01/2018

ILF Scotland Transition Fund

The new ILF Scotland Transition Fund is now open for applications! The fund will initially support those aged between 16 and 21, who are at an important transitional stage in their lives.

The Transition Fund will provide short term grants (with £5 million of funding available per year) to young disabled people, providing them with opportunities that facilitate their participation and inclusion within their communities, creating a lasting impact on their lives.

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16/01/2018

FVA launches new FifeConnect networking/sharing events for frontline staff

Created: 08/01/2018

FifeConnect is a new series of networking and information sharing events hosted by FVA and designed for frontline staff from third and public sector agencies.  They will take place across Fife on a regular basis - perhaps quarterly - we'll be guided by local demand!  

FifeConnect will help you to:

  • Meet new people working in local communities

  • Find potential referrers/referrals for your own clients/service users

  • Learn about new services/developments that might affect your work

  • Seek help or collaborators for issues or ideas you might have

FifeConnect is:

  • Informal and relaxed

  • Free to attend

  • Flexible - drop-in and leave when it suits you

  • Short and sharp - lasts 45 minutes, starting at 12 noon

We'll provide tea, coffee and a biscuit - simply bring along a sandwich or lunch of your choosing (we regret that there are no food heating or preparation facilities available).

FifeConnect: Kirkcaldy

The first FifeConnect event will take place at New Volunteer House in Kirkcaldy - click here for details.

Future FifeConnect events

Please ensure you are signed up to receive our weekly e-mail bulletins so that you can be alerted to all future FifeConnect events.  You can sign up here.

Would you like to host a FifeConnect event or do you have ideas for future FifeConnect events?  Please do get in touch with us - we'd love to hear from you.

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16/01/2018

Dementia Friendly Glenrothes Report and Update

Created: 11/01/2018

Dementia Friendly Glenrothes have launched their year 1 report outlining all their work to date. 

Dementia Friendly Glenrothes aims to build a community where:

  • people with dementia and their partners, families and carers are understood, respected and supported,

  • people with dementia can find their way around and feel safe,

  • people with dementia have equal access to local facilities - even if they may need a little support to do so,

  • people come together to learn about dementia and make some simple, practical changes that can make a huge difference to people living with dementia.

Highlights of the project to date include having:

  • Approached 187 shops, businesses, services and community groups - out of these 48 have started to look at becoming Dementia friendly

  • 3 organisations become dementia friendly

    • Kingdom Shopping Centre

    • Glenrothes Foodbank

    • Aldi Glenrothes

  • Engaged with 40 people who are affected by Dementia to tell them about their experiences

Please note that the new Project Manager for the Dementia Friendly Glenrothes work will be Ruth McCabe who will be the new contact for this work. Ruth can be contacted by telephone at 01592 803 800 or email at RMcCabe@alzscot.org.

Downloads

Full one year report

Summary report

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23/12/2017

SDGP and DCS Merge to form Scottish Disability Golf and Curling

Created: 13/12/2017, Updated: 14/12/2017

Two sports founded in Scotland, are now on offer to disabled people for the first time!

The SDGP and the DCS have now merged to form Scottish Disability Golf and Curling.

Providing sport all-year-round, for anyone of any age with a disability!

They will still hold as much golf and golf tuition for their members and over the winter months they will arrange ice curling games, at the numerous Scottish ice centres. Their next big event under the SDGC banner is a week-long ice event against a team of Canadian disabled curlers, early in January 2018. Games are being arranged in Edinburgh, Stirling, Dundee and Fife.

SDGC Membership is free, so why not get in touch and try out one or both sports.

For more information please visit their website.

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23/12/2017

Improvement Hub - Focus on Dementia Christmas flash report

Created: 21/12/2017

The Improvement Hub (ihub) have released a report detailing their highlights and activities from 2017.

To view the report please click here.

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14/12/2017

What Works? Welfare Reform in Kirkcaldy

Created: 13/12/2017, Updated: 14/12/2017

New Collaborative Research on what partners can do to mitigate Welfare Reform in Fife is now available from What Works Scotland.

As part of the What Works Scotland Collaborative Action Research Programme in Fife a group of practitioners in Kirkcaldy came together as a Partnership Innovation Team (PIT) to explore.

How can they improve their knowledge of what data is available across partner agencies in Fife? And how can they use this to prevent people from being sanctioned, and better support those who have been sanctioned?

Through a Kirkcaldy Welfare Reform Event, they used vignettes to research what was and was not working in Fife around Welfare Reform. Findings include:

Knowledge

  •  They need to get better at knowing who does what,

  •  Sharing good practice and activities across Fife, both within and between areas, between local groups and the centre and having a simple up to date list of contacts

Data Protection

  • There are examples of good data sharing practice that can be unpacked and shared

  • They should review paperwork and systems to make it easier to share data to protect the most vulnerable

 Referrals

  • A warm handover is needed for the most vulnerable people.

  • They need to take time to build relationships and networks, so they can make sure the right people are involved and know who is best placed to support an individual.

Resources

  •  They need to plan together more effectively,

  •  Be honest about resources they’ve got, and

  •  Accept that change is constant, finding more effective ways to upskill staff and raise awareness of support available to those who need it.

You can read more about the enquiry in Kirkcaldy through Gary Smith’s reflections on the What Works Scotland Blog.

The reports from the Welfare Reform PIT are available here.

More about What Works Scotland and reflections and learning from the Fife Collaborative Action Research Work Programme can be found here.

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14/12/2017

SDGP and DCS Merge to form Scottish Disability Golf and Curling

Created: 13/12/2017, Updated: 14/12/2017

Two sports founded in Scotland, are now on offer to disabled people for the first time!

The SDGP and the DCS have now merged to form Scottish Disability Golf and Curling.

Providing sport all-year-round, for anyone of any age with a disability!

They will still hold as much golf and golf tuition for their members and over the winter months they will arrange ice curling games, at the numerous Scottish ice centres. Their next big event under the SDGC banner is a week-long ice event against a team of Canadian disabled curlers, early in January 2018. Games are being arranged in Edinburgh, Stirling, Dundee and Fife.

SDGC Membership is free, so why not get in touch and try out one or both sports.

For more information please visit their website.

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30/11/2017

Launch of Strategy for Fife's Third Sector

Created: 30/11/2017

Fife's Third Sector Strategy Group and Fife Voluntary Action launched a new strategy for Fife's Third Sector, today, Thursday 30 November 2017 - exactly 2 years since the launch of the Fairer Fife Commission's Report which recommended developing such a document.

It was launched at the Rothes Halls in Glenrothes, where representatives from across Fife's large and diverse third sector came together to celebrate the launch and consider how we can work together to turn the strategy into action.  An action plan will be developed and made public on the Fife Voluntary Action website.

Click here to read more about Fife's Third Sector Strategy Group.

Click here to view a Summary of the new Strategy.

Click here to view the new full Strategy for Fife's Third Sector.

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30/11/2017

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Do you know any young carers?

We are respite care officers for Disabilities Fife.  Carers that are actively looking for families to help.

Do you know of any families that would benefit from our free service?

- If so the service is for young carers between 8 and 24 years.
- Adele and Moira can provide support for 2 hours per week.
- We are PVG registered friendly and helpful.

Adele O'Donnell.Young Carers Respite Officer.

Adele O'Donnell.
Young Carers Respite Officer.

Moira Grey. Young Carers Respite Officer

Moira Grey.
Young Carers Respite Officer.

Please feel free to contact us anytime by...

Phone - 01592 203993
Email - respite@disabilitiesfife.org.uk
Website - YoungCarersRespite.com

Service provided by Disabilities fife Registered Charity No. SC 026112 Funded by Young Start

30/11/2017

Fife Adult Support and Protection - November 2017 Newsletter

Created: 27/11/2017, Updated: 29/11/2017

Fife Adult Support and Protection have released the November 2017 edition of their newsletter. This edition gives details on the Adult Support & Protection Committee annual report, Surviving Christmas and New Year, Financial advice and Alcohol Awareness Week.

You can view the full newsletter by clicking here.

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30/11/2017

Alzheimer Scotland - Dementia Friendly Glenrothes Consultation Survey

Created: 28/11/2017, Updated: 29/11/2017

Alzheimer Scotland need your help to build the Dementia Friendly Community in the Glenrothes Area.

They want to hear from people with dementia and their carers in the wider Glenrothes area about your experience of using local shops and services. From September, they’ll be extending their dementia friendly work in Glenrothes to Leslie, Markinch, Coaltown of Balgonie, Milton of Balgonie, Thornton and Kinglassie. 

Therefore, they’d like to hear from more people in all areas in and around Glenrothes about their experiences of getting out in their communities. They would also like to hear from you about any shops and services that you would like them to contact about becoming dementia friendly.

They can offer dementia awareness sessions to help staff support customers with dementia. They can also help these shops and businesses to think about how their lighting, noise levels, signage and layout can make it easier or more difficult for people with dementia to get out and about. Help them by giving your thoughts and feedback to make sure that the changes they’re suggesting are the right ones for you!

They can also help businesses and services to get one of their window stickers to help people know which ones are dementia friendly.

To get involved, please contact Amanda Hunter at Alzheimer Scotland by telephone at 01592 803 800 or by e-mail at ahunter@alzscot.org.

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30/11/2017

Launch of Strategy for Fife's Third Sector

Created: 30/11/2017

Fife's Third Sector Strategy Group and Fife Voluntary Action launched a new strategy for Fife's Third Sector, today, Thursday 30 November 2017 - exactly 2 years since the launch of the Fairer Fife Commission's Report which recommended developing such a document.

It was launched at the Rothes Halls in Glenrothes, where representatives from across Fife's large and diverse third sector came together to celebrate the launch and consider how we can work together to turn the strategy into action.  An action plan will be developed and made public on the Fife Voluntary Action website.

Click here to read more about Fife's Third Sector Strategy Group.

Click here to view a Summary of the new Strategy.

Click here to view the new full Strategy for Fife's Third Sector.

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30/11/2017

ARE YOU A YOUNG CARER ????

WOULD YOU LIKE A BREAK??

WE CAN HELP...

We have a FREE service for you

 

  • Do you need some "me" time?

  • Some time with friends or some chill time?

  • We can help.We can provide support for a maximum of 2 hours per week.The service is for carers between the ages of 8 and 24 years.

  • During the holiday periods these hours can be adapted to meet individual needs.

  • Our carers are PVG registered and are very helpful and friendly.

please feel free to contact at any time by

phone - 01592 203 993

Email - respite@disabilitiesfife.org.uk
Website - youngcarersrespite.com

find us on facebook and twitter

Service provided by disabilities fife Registered charity No SC 026112 Funded by Young Start.

28/11/2017

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)

23/11/2017

The Robertson Trust - Open Grants

Created: 16/11/2017

The Robertson Trust - Open Grants

Due to changes in their internal procedures, the Giving Committee will now consider requests for main and major revenue and capital awards at four meetings over the course of 2018. This is a change to the 2017 schedule which included six meetings.

The Trust provides funding to third sector organisations to deliver positive outcomes for the individuals and communities that they work with through three funding strands. Care and Wellbeing seeks to improve people's physical and mental health including: ensuring the best quality of life for Scotland’s vulnerable adults, including those directly or indirectly affected by dementia; improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people affected by mental and/or physical ill health; supporting adults with life limiting, long term health conditions or disability to overcome barriers and remain involved with their communities. 

Strengthening Communities looks for solutions which address local need including: reducing health and social inequalities in Scotland’s communities; supporting people and communities to find routes out of poverty; empowering communities.

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23/11/2017

Active and Assisted Living - Smart Ageing Prize

Created: 22/11/2017

Active and Assisted Living - Smart Ageing Prize

This Challenge Prize will reward products and services that use innovative digital technologies to support older people to participate fully in social life.

Maximum value: €35,000

Evidence suggests that supporting older people to participate fully in social life will help them to remain active and healthy for longer into later life. At the same time, reducing social isolation requires meaningful engagements and social experiences. A key value proposition of ICT is its ability to connect people and communities. Digital technologies can therefore act as a broker for social experiences that are stimulating and improve wellbeing.

There is a need for digital products and services targeting the 65-plus market segments that facilitate real world interactions to improve quality of life, and are designed and promoted appropriately for the aspirations of these consumer groups.

Solutions should be capable of delivering a measurable improvement in the number of older adults participating in social activities. This should be embedded in the strategy of the company and demonstrated through a robust logic model. Strategies that could be considered impactful include those that target ‘hard-to reach’ older adults or those that facilitate involvement in social life by reducing one or more barriers to participation such as mobility, lack of confidence or lack of digital literacy.

The closing date for applications is Friday 30 March 2018.

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23/11/2017

Heart of Experian Charity Fund - Community benefit

Created: 22/11/2017

Heart of Experian Charity Fund

Schools, charities and community groups can apply for grants of up to £5,000 for projects with a charitable purpose which benefit the community as a whole.

The Fund is particularly interested in supporting projects whose aims relate to financial inclusion, financial education, entrepreneurship or developing skills useful in business.

The funding must also make the project or group more sustainable. To be eligible to apply for funding the applicant organisation must have had a gross income of £500,000 or less in the most recent full financial year; have a written constitution and a management committee; and have unrestricted reserves that are less than 6 months' running costs.

Applications can be submitted at any time and are reviewed by Trustees on a quarterly basis.

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23/11/2017

Fife Council - Update on the new Scottish Welfare Fund crisis grant operating arrangements

Created: 16/11/2017

With the upcoming Department of Work and Pensions roll out of universal credit in Fife on the 06 December 2017, the Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF) team anticipate that there will be an increase in Crisis Grants (CG) applications. 

Currently the SWF team are open Monday to Friday with no provision at the weekend. They anticipate an increase in new crisis grant applications will have an adverse effect on decision making and call answering times. Increasingly they are receiving a number of applications on a Friday afternoon where they are unable to make a same day decision. The change to the opening times of phone lines will allow the SWF team to help the majority of customers in crisis the same day when they apply over the phone or online.

Whilst they are meeting Scottish Government statutory guidance timescales for awarding crisis grants they understand from a customer perspective, in some cases, this is not enabling them to get out of their current crisis situation over the weekend. 

From Monday 04 December the SWF team will be changing the opening times of their phone lines to apply for crisis grants. They currently take calls between 11.00 am and 4.30 pm, this will change to calls for crisis grants being taken from 9.00 am until 2.30 pm Monday to Friday. However as per current arrangements customers can still apply for either a community care grant or a crisis grant online at any time.

Current arrangements for applying for a community care grant remain unchanged. 

Customers can apply online, at any time for a Scottish Welfare Fund grant by visiting www.fifedirect.org.uk/welfarefund.

To allow the team to work quickly through application, they ask that you don’t call them to chase up or prioritise applications, all Scottish Welfare Funds should be a priority. They will contact you should they need more information. 

Their Fife Direct page has just been revamped as part of the new Fife Council and partners ‘Welfare & Benefits’, this should provide a starting place for customers who need welfare advice.

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23/11/2017

LinkLiving - Launch of new service for adults affected by childhood trauma

Created: 22/11/2017

LinkLiving invite you to the launch of a new service for adults affected by childhood trauma.

The event, which will be held in Kirkcaldy's Adam Smith Theatre on the evening of Tuesday 28 November 2017, will outline how funding from the Scottish Government's Survivor Support Innovation and Development Fund will enable them to build on the success of "Better than Well".

Their service, which was developed in partnership with Dr Andy Summers, will cover the Kirkcaldy and Levenmouth localities and focus on the needs of adult survivors of childhood trauma, particularly those who have found it difficult to engage with other services. While the service will be open to all adult survivors in these areas, they will make an additional effort to engage with survivors who have experienced homelessness.

The service will:

  • Provide safety and stabilisation support, reducing the risk of serious deterioration in the health of adults affected by childhood trauma;

  • Provide bridges between GP and self-referrals to our service; between our service and non-NHS sources of specialist support; and between our service and NHS services which provide longer-term specialist support;

  • Provide a person-centred service which responds flexibly and quickly to the particular mental health needs of adults affected by childhood trauma;

  • Provide a service to a client group which experiences multiple disadvantage.

Their launch event will start at 6.00pm and finish no later than 8.00pm. Refreshments and snacks will be available from 5.30pm.

They hope you will be able to join them at an event which will:

  • Enable you to find out more about their service;

  • Allow them to hear how they can develop and strengthen relationships with partners who work with adults affected by childhood trauma.

To confirm your attendance, please send an email to llfifereception@linkliving.org.uk.

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23/11/2017

Key notes and presentations from the Voluntary Health Scotland Annual Conference

Created: 22/11/2017

The Voluntary Health Scotland Annual Conference ‘Key Messages Report’ is now available on their website.

Take a look at their Conference Key Messages page which, along with the report, features speakers presentations, their Twitter Storify Report and pictures from the photo booth by CJC Media.

Christine Davison from Fife Voluntary Action attended the conference, if you have any questions or would like any further information call her on 0800 389 6046. 

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09/11/2017

New Fife Health and Social Care Partnership staff and public website now live!

Created: 01/11/2017, Updated: 02/11/2017

With the pace of change and the vast range of activities going on within and across services in the Fife Health and Social Care Partnership (FHSCP) a new website has been created for colleagues and partners called Let’s Connect.

Stakeholders said that they wanted to understand better the various roles and activities across the Partnership, how everyone fits together and most importantly what difference all this activity makes. 

So that a streamlined, timely and more dynamic flow of information can be provided, Let’s Connect forms part of the Partnership’s new look website.  Overall, the aim is to provide a more dynamic and responsive platform where everyone can find out about the many programmes of work that are underway and hear directly from colleagues and partners. Also found there is:

  • the latest FHSCP news,

  • Michael Kellet's monthly Director’s blog and guest blogs which can be subscribed to,

  • an overview on transformation projects and videos as well project newsletters,

  • up-to-date news on any consultations or events.

So what does this mean? Well, this is just the start. The partmership will continue to develop the website and pages over time, and by visiting the site regularly stakeholders can:

  • keep up-to-date with any change across the Partnership,

  • find out all the latest FHSCP news,

  • get involved and share your ideas to help transform health and social care services to meet peoples’ wish to live healthy, active and independent live.

As Let’s Connect is a website and not an intranet, it will also be available publically so content will be posted accordingly. This new approach has been used successfully by many other NHS and public organisations including NHS Greater Glasgow.

Let’s Connect is a communication tool with a clear function – to enable people to keep their fingers on the pulse of what is going on.  It’s not a replacement for each organisations intranets but will complement them. Other existing and established ways to communicate with each other such as face to face meetings, team briefs and staff side forums, will also continue.

To make sure you know what’s happening across the FHSCP, sign up to Michael Kellet’s Director’s Blog and bookmark Let’s Connect now!

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09/11/2017

Keep on the pulse of Partnership with new health and social care website

Created: 01/11/2017, Updated: 02/11/2017

Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership (FHSCP) has launched a new look website which showcases a range of initiatives which have been developed to help bring care closer to home and support independent living for longer.   

April 2016 triggered one of the biggest transformations of health and social care services in Scotland. From the national drive to have health and social care services delivered jointly, locally and as effectively as possible, the Fife Health and Social Care Partnership (FHSCP) was created. Fife is one of the largest Health and Social Care Partnerships in Scotland, next to Edinburgh and Glasgow, with around 5,000 staff and a joint budget of over £470 million.

Since the start of the Partnership, work has been ongoing to join together NHS Fife and Fife Council Social Work Services to support Fifers to live healthy and more independent lives.

With the pace of change and the vast range of activities going on within and across services in the FHSCP, the new website is the place to keep up-to-date with what’s happening.

Michael Kellet, Director of the Fife Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “There’s a wealth of information on our new website - from the latest news and details about the various projects the Partnership is leading on across Fife and what’s happening in your local community, to blogs from me and others which people can subscribe to.  Integration is the biggest change in the history of health and social care and teams across the services are at the heart of making positive change for local people and local communities more of a reality, each and every day.  I encourage the public to check out the Change Projects section which features real life case studies, as well as In Your Community where there are videos to give a quick guide on our very newest initiative at local level, which includes the voices of GP’s, partners in the voluntary and independent sector and many, many more.”

 So make sure you keep your finger on the pulse and know what’s happening in your health and social care partnership by bookmarking here today!

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09/11/2017

FVA brief on Universal Credit

Created: 08/11/2017

Following on from a Universal Credit Workshop held at the start of October 2017 in Kirkcaldy, Fife Voluntary Action have published a brief which aims to provide information on UC for staff. 

The brief provides information on what UC is, the claims process, Scottish flexibilities, and support available to claimants. 

Click here to read the brief.

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04/11/2017

Keep on the pulse of Partnership with new health and social care website

Created: 01/11/2017, Updated: 02/11/2017

Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership (FHSCP) has launched a new look website which showcases a range of initiatives which have been developed to help bring care closer to home and support independent living for longer.   

April 2016 triggered one of the biggest transformations of health and social care services in Scotland. From the national drive to have health and social care services delivered jointly, locally and as effectively as possible, the Fife Health and Social Care Partnership (FHSCP) was created. Fife is one of the largest Health and Social Care Partnerships in Scotland, next to Edinburgh and Glasgow, with around 5,000 staff and a joint budget of over £470 million.

Since the start of the Partnership, work has been ongoing to join together NHS Fife and Fife Council Social Work Services to support Fifers to live healthy and more independent lives.

With the pace of change and the vast range of activities going on within and across services in the FHSCP, the new website is the place to keep up-to-date with what’s happening.

Michael Kellet, Director of the Fife Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “There’s a wealth of information on our new website - from the latest news and details about the various projects the Partnership is leading on across Fife and what’s happening in your local community, to blogs from me and others which people can subscribe to.  Integration is the biggest change in the history of health and social care and teams across the services are at the heart of making positive change for local people and local communities more of a reality, each and every day.  I encourage the public to check out the Change Projects section which features real life case studies, as well as In Your Community where there are videos to give a quick guide on our very newest initiative at local level, which includes the voices of GP’s, partners in the voluntary and independent sector and many, many more.”

So make sure you keep your finger on the pulse and know what’s happening in your health and social care partnership by bookmarking here today!

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26/10/2017

Scottish Government Consultation - Scottish Strategy for Autism

Created: 18/10/2017

The Scottish Government is refreshing the Scottish Strategy for Autism and identifying actions for what will be the strategy’s final phase. They believe the strategy has accomplished much for autistic people and their families since 2011, but they are under no illusions that much work remains to be done before the vision for autistic people is realised.

They believe the four strategic outcomes – a healthier life, choice and control, independence and active citizenship – are the right ones, and these will continue to guide the strategy through its next phase. They also know that much has changed since they adopted their outcomes approach in 2015 and, indeed, since the strategy’s launch seven years ago, including the recent devolution of employability and social security powers.

The Scottish Government are looking for your views on what action you think they should seek to take to make Scotland a better place for autistic people and their families. What do you think needs to be done, and by whom, to realise our outcomes and the strategy’s vision for autistic people? 

Your views are important as they will help them to:

  • understand what is important to autistic people and their families;

  • inform their actions for the next and final stage of the Scottish Strategy for Autism; and

  • identify whether there are other things we should consider in refreshing the strategy.

To take part in this consultation or to find out more click here

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26/10/2017

The 2017 International Credit Union (ICU) Day theme — "Dreams Thrive Here"

Created: 18/10/2017, Updated: 19/10/2017

Today, 19 October 2017, is International Credit Union Day. For almost 70 years (since 1948) people around the world have celebrated the spirit of the global credit union movement on the third Thursday of October.

This year's theme is "Dreams Thrive Here". Aiming to illustrate how credit union and other financial cooperatives serve as catalysts to make different professions, personal choices and career paths real. Read more about the history of credit unions by here and see that they still offer everyday people the chance to make changes in their lives, one small step at a time.

The spirit of the day is active here in Fife. Fife Voluntary Action are currently funded by Fife Council to provide capacity building and development support for Fife's credit unions. The Fairer Fife report also proposes (Recommendation No. 21) that employers encourage their staff to join credit unions emphasising Fife's commitment to the principles of the Credit Union movement. FVA have recently started working with Fife Council, Fife's credit unions and key stakeholders, to make best use of this investment in our local credit unions. This work is closely linked to the Council's plan to set up a CDFI (community development financial institution) in Fife - which was a recommendation in the Fairer Fife report (recommendation 18).  CDFIs work well alongside credit unions, typically offering complementary services and helping to ensure more people can access lowest cost credit and advice and information on saving, budgeting and more. 

The ultimate goal of the day is to raise awareness about the great work that credit unions are doing around the world and give members the opportunity to get more engaged. If you're interested in finding out more about credit unions in Fife, including how to encourage your staff, volunteers or service user to join a credit union then please get in touch with us on 0800 389 6046 or e-mail Sofia@fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk.

There are currently 6 credit unions in Fife:

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26/10/2017

People First (Scotland) Newsletter - Autumn/Winter 2017

Created: 19/10/2017

People First (Scotland) have released the Autumn/Winter 2017 edition of their Fife newsletter. You can view the full newsletter by clicking here.

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19/10/2017

WHSmith Community Grant

Created: 19/10/2017

Voluntary organisations, charities, schools and pre-schools can apply for grants of up to £500 from the WHSmith Trust. The WHSmith Trust is an independent registered charity that uses the proceeds of the compulsory carrier bag charges across the UK to offer the grants to support good causes in the local communities where WHSmith operates. There are two application rounds each year. Applications can be submitted via an online application form.

The deadline for the current funding round is 31 March 2018.

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19/10/2017

Scottish Health Council October Newsletter

Created: 16/10/2017

The Scottish Health Councils Fife division have launched their October Newsletter.

Click here to read their latest updates.

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19/10/2017

Scottish Government Consultation - Scottish Strategy for Autism

Created: 18/10/2017

The Scottish Government is refreshing the Scottish Strategy for Autism and identifying actions for what will be the strategy’s final phase. They believe the strategy has accomplished much for autistic people and their families since 2011, but they are under no illusions that much work remains to be done before the vision for autistic people is realised.

They believe the four strategic outcomes – a healthier life, choice and control, independence and active citizenship – are the right ones, and these will continue to guide the strategy through its next phase. They also know that much has changed since they adopted their outcomes approach in 2015 and, indeed, since the strategy’s launch seven years ago, including the recent devolution of employability and social security powers.

The Scottish Government are looking for your views on what action you think they should seek to take to make Scotland a better place for autistic people and their families. What do you think needs to be done, and by whom, to realise our outcomes and the strategy’s vision for autistic people? 

Your views are important as they will help them to:

  • understand what is important to autistic people and their families;

  • inform their actions for the next and final stage of the Scottish Strategy for Autism; and

  • identify whether there are other things we should consider in refreshing the strategy.

To take part in this consultation or to find out more click here

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12/10/2017

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Launch new Online Referral Process

Created: 05/10/2017

What's new and why?

It is important to CAMHS  that children and young people experiencing mental health difficulties have access to the right help at the right time. To help ensure this, they have made improvements to the Referral Process by providing online information that:

  • Explains who can refer;

  • Clearly defines the threshold for a CAMHS referral;

  • Suggests alternative signposting to other appropriate services, and;

  • Provides a structured referral form if onward referral to CAMHS is felt to be appropriate.

Where does CAMHS sit within the wider services that support children and young people?

CAMHS is a specialist provision that sits at the top end of Intensive Support in Fife's GIRFEC Framework for Intervention. The Getting it Right in Fife Framework outlines that as far as possible, children and young people should be supported by Universal provision prior to any intervention by Additional services and subsequent input from Intensive supports. CAMHS provides support to children and young people up to 18 years who are experiencing persistent, complex or severe mental health difficulties.

How do I find the right support?

First, have a read through Choosing the Right Support to identify the most appropriate support for the child or young person you are concerned about by clicking here. If CAMHS seems the most appropriate, you'll be guided to the CAMHS Referral Criteria to help determine whether or not the referral meets the threshold for CAMHS. The Referral Criteria is based on the length of time, complexity and severity of the child or young person's presentation.

Who can refer to CAMHS and where can I find out more about referring?

Any professional working with children and young people can refer to CAMHS. To find out more, go to the new CAMHS section on the NHS Fife website by clicking here.

What happens after referring?

If a referral is required then a completed CAMHS Referral Form should be submitted. Completed Referral Forms will then be processed as follows:

  • The referral will be discussed by CAMHS clinicians;

  • You will then be informed whether or not the referral is appropriate for CAMHS;

  • If appropriate, they will advise on next steps;

  • If not appropriate, they will advise on alternative services that may be more suitable for the child/young person and their family.

05/10/2017

The Health Promotion Workplace Team annual report for 2016/17

Created: 03/10/2017

The Health Promotion Workplace Team have launched their annual report for 2016/17.

The report is is available to view by clicking here.

Find out more about the work the team do to support workplaces and promote ‘good work’ in Fife.

If you're interested in the teams work and want to find out more contact them via e-mail hwlfife@nhs.net or call 01592 226486. 

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05/10/2017

The Scottish Charity Regulator - Cybercrime Factsheet

Created: 04/10/2017

The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has published a new factsheet about fraud and cybercrime. Developed with Police Scotland’s Cybercrime Unit, the factsheet provides Scottish charities with top tips and highlights sources of further support and advice.

Although the number of fraud and cybercrime notifications OSCR receives is low, with more organisations using digital methods of operating, it is essential that charities protect themselves against any potential attacks.

You can view the full factsheet here.

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05/10/2017

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

28/09/2017

Sustrans Scotland - Community Links Funding - Second round

Created: 28/09/2017

Sustrans Scotland - Community Links

A second round of 2017-18 programme has opened until 31 March 2018 as there is money left in the budget.

The Aims of the Programme are to:

  • Create infrastructure that encourages people to cycle, walk or use another active travel mode as their preferred mode of travel for everyday journeys;

  • Meet the needs of communities – provide communities with the opportunity to shape their local environment and link the places people live in with the places they want to get to;

  • Encourage innovation – support partner organisations in raising the standard of infrastructure for walking and cycling in Scotland; Encourage placemaking which facilitates greater use of public space and higher levels of active travel;

  • Create an enabling environment for active travel.

Next Deadline: 31 March 2018.

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28/09/2017

Fife One Stop Shop for Autism update referral guidance

Created: 25/09/2017

Fife's One Stop Shop for Autism have updated their referral guidance.

Click here to read this updated information.

The updated referral guidance is effective from September 2017.

If you have any questions regarding this update please contact the One Stop Shop directly via the contact details below:

E-mail: fifeoss@scottishautism.org

Telephone: 01592 645 350

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25/09/2017

Towards a Fairer Fife logo.jpg

Fife's Third Sector Strategy Group is seeking views on its draft strategic approach to the community and voluntary sector's role in tackling inequality and promoting fairness.

The Group was tasked by the Fairer Fife Commission with the development of the strategic approach in the Commission's report Fairness Matters which was published in November 2015.

Throughout 2016, the Third Sector Strategy Group held five civic society discussions with key stakeholders to discuss the sector's approach to tackling inequality and promoting fairness, and drafted a Values Framework.

In March 2017, approximately 130 people, mainly from Fife's third sector attended a one-day conference organised by the Group to further consider these issues.

Since then Iconic Consulting has been working with the Group to draft the strategic approach. The draft is now at a stage where the Group would welcome feedback from the sector to make sure we are heading in the right direction.

The draft and a very short feedback form is available at https://www.iconic-consulting.co.uk/studies/tackling-inequality-in-fife/

We would be delighted if you could review the document and share your feedback, confidentially, with Iconic.

Download Fairness Matters Report

Download Conference Report

View Draft and Feedback Form

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

18/09/2017

Radio Forth Cash for Kids - Funding for October school holiday meal schemes

Created: 07/09/2017

Radio Forth Cash for Kids recently obtained funding to provide support for 'Holiday Hunger' hot meal schemes this October school holiday. Schemes they wish to support should be being implemented in the October school holidays this year. If you work for a community group, youth group, school, etc and you would like to be considered for this funding then please apply via the Grant Application process online. You can find the online application form here.

The application form is pretty self-explanatory, fill it out and attach your organisation's annual accounts. Please state that you are applying for the October 'Holiday Hunger' Scheme. Please also advise how much you would like to apply for, giving a detailed breakdown of how the funding would be spent.

If you have any further questions regarding this, please e-mail Alice.Edwards@radioforth.com. The funding is offered on a first come first served basis provided that your organisation or group fit the necessary criteria.

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18/09/2017

Localgiving - Magic Little Grants (New Fund)

Created: 08/09/2017, Updated: 14/09/2017

Localgiving - Magic Little Grants

In partnership with Postcode Community Trust the scheme provides small unrestricted grants of up to £500 to deliver physical activities. 

In association with Postcode Community Trust, the fund provides local charities and community groups the opportunity to access funding to deliver engaging physical activities, which help to overcome barriers to participation. It will support the work of organisations that are engaging hard to reach individuals, encouraging them to take part in some form of physical activity to help improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing. Projects must meet either of the following themes: overcoming barriers to participation in physical activities in creative ways; increasing social cohesion through developing access to sports and other recreational activities. Grants can be used to support the general running costs of new and existing sports and physical activities. This could include: facilities hire, kit & equipment, coaching qualifications, other volunteer expenses etc. The deadline for applications is 31 October 2017.

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10/09/2017

Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland becomes the Corra Foundation

Created: 31/08/2017

Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland becomes the Corra Foundation. Alongside the announcement of its new name and brand, the organisation has published the next iteration of its strategy, Change for Good.

Corra Foundation Chief Executive, Fiona Duncan said:

“We are delighted to share the next iteration of our strategy, along with a name and brand that connect with our roots, whilst providing our foundations for the future.

Between now and 2019 Change for Good will see us build on our aspirations to be the best grant maker we can be, get alongside communities – including those we don’t historically reach – and use our 30 years+ grant making experience to support others. Within all of this we will seek to go further, be bolder and above all to make partnership an underpinning principle of our approach.

We are hugely excited as we look forward to working with the many others who share the Corra Foundation’s passion for tackling some of the biggest challenges so that people are able to create positive change and enjoy fulfilling lives.”

Corra Foundation Chair, Trevor Civval said:

“As the Corra Foundation we will strive to be a progressive voice and be willing to innovate to help us achieve our mission which remains focused on making a difference to people and communities, by encouraging positive change, opportunities, fairness and growth of aspirations, which improve quality of life.”

More information, including Fiona Duncan’s blog can be found at www.corra.scot or via Twitter @corra.scot, or by contacting hello@corra.scot 

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10/09/2017

Tesco Bags of Help Funding

Created: 01/09/2017

Need up to £4000 funding for your project that benefits the community?

Tesco Bags of Help has already funded 780 projects in Scotland - sharing over £4 million pounds between them. As the nights get shorter it’s time submit your application for projects you’d like to happen in Spring 2018 and beyond. We fund a huge variety of projects that bring benefits to the community and every two months in Scotland we award 225 projects a share of over half a million pounds.

Single use carrier bags are no longer available in Tesco but the good news is that Bags of Help will continue with funding from the sale of the new 10p Bag for Life. Apply online here http://bit.ly/bagsofhelp4

  • Apply anytime for projects that bring benefits to the community

  • Apply for capital and revenue funding between £1000 and £4000 

  • Community groups, schools, charities, local authorities and not for profits can all apply

Get help to apply from one of our team of Community Enablers http://bit.ly/scotbagsofhelp  

Tesco Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork, working in Scotland with greenspace scotland.

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07/09/2017

Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance - Advocacy Map 2015-16 Edition

Created: 05/09/2017

Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance are pleased to publish the latest edition of the Advocacy Map covering the 2015-2016 period.

You can read the full report and analysis here.

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07/09/2017

Third Sector Community Justice Forum

Created: 05/09/2017

Coming soon... FVA will launch the Third Sector Community Justice Forum! We think it's important that third sector organisations are given the chance to get together to discuss how the sector contributes to keeping the communities of Fife safe, hear about the latest policy/legislation changes and of course have the chance to network with colleagues in a friendly and relaxed environment. This Forum will be organised and facilitated by FVA, but the content and overall direction of the events will be shaped by its members. To begin with, we'll have guest speakers from local and national statutory partners to give overview on the current landscape in community justice. There will be an accompanying bulletin to keep members up-to-date and inform of future meeting dates. This Forum isn't just for organisations that receive funding to directly work with offenders and ex-offenders; we're keen that membership consists of a broad range of third sector organisations. The entire sector plays a part in making Fife a safe place to live, work and visit.

To join the distribution list for the Forum/bulletin, please e-mail Nicci@fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk.

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01/08/2017

Help us improve the services that are open when your GP is closed

We would like you to work with us to improve the experience for people seeking care and advice when their General Practice (GP) is closed. You could help us weigh up the options for how we provide urgent care. This would be by participating in our options appraisal workshops.
When you or someone you know becomes unwell or has a cut or sprain knowing where to go for the right help and advice when it is not an emergency after 6pm, in the middle of the night, at the weekend or during a public holiday, can be confusing.
Nobody wants to go to hospital, but we know that people often go to Accident and Emergency to seek help.  This can be very frustrating. We are looking for members of the public, patients and carers to work with us in agreeing what the potential models for the service could be. There will be opportunities for wider engagement later in a full public consultation.
This briefing provides an overview of the services being reviewed, the process and how you can get involved. 
We encourage you to come forward to help inform and shape the future of services.  Together, we want to ensure people get the right care, by the right person, at the right time. Please get involved.

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Betsy Wojcik
Research Advisor
Fife Council
Fife House (5th floor, West)
North Street
Glenrothes  KY7 5LT

Tel:         01592 583138
Internal:  441206

27/07/2017

Complementary Therapy Sessions at Homelands

Created: 27/07/2017

Homelands have received funding from Shared Care Scotland to provide unpaid carers and those being cared for with up to 4 free complementary therapy sessions. To be eligible you must reside with the person who cares for you and vice-versa.  If you receive Carers Allowance you are still an unpaid carer.

They have a number of new therapies available at Homelands, The Paxton Centre, 14a Links Road, Lundin Links during August and September.

Please contact Homelands by telephone: 01333 329039 to find out more information and to book your free therapy sessions.

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20/07/2017

Disabilities Fife - Young Carers Respite

Created: 20/07/2017

Disabilities Fife now have the opportunity to offer respite for young carers who provide care and support for relatives or friends.  This can help with everyday tasks and give young people a minimum of a two hour break each week.

All carers are friendly, helpful, and have Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) certificate and membership.  The service will be available weekdays from 4pm and weekends from 8am onwards.  During the school holidays these hours can be adapted to suit the needs of the individual.

For further information or if you know of anyone that needs help, please contact Disabilities Fife on 01592 203993 or e-mail: respite@dfscot.com.

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20/07/2017

Scot-PHO Burden of Disease Update

Created: 20/07/2017

The Burden of Disease section of the ScotPHO website has been updated. 

Researchers from NHS Health Scotland and the Information Services Division of NHS National Services Scotland have published new analysis of Scotland’s health. The researchers have used a globally recognised approach, referred to as ‘Burden of Disease’ to quantify the difference between the ideal of living to old age in good health, and the situation where healthy life is shortened by illness, injury, disability and early death. The analysis identifies the most common causes of disease burden in Scotland in 2015.

To find out more, or if you would like to receive updates on the Scottish Burden of Disease study and have the chance to participate in further developing it, please contact the SBoD project team at nhs.healthscotland-sbod-team@nhs.net

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14/07/2017

PROFOUND film released by PAMIS - learning disability resource

Created: 07/07/2017, Updated: 10/07/2017

PAMIS have launched their film ‘PROFOUND’ first shown at their recent conference, held at Dundee University.  

A useful resource for others within the learning disability field to use – powerful, thought provoking and makes an impact on all who watch.

PAMIS wishes to thank the families, students and healthcare professionals who took part in the making of this film, and of course August Pictures who filmed, produced and directed this production.

Click here to watch the video in full.

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14/07/2017

Scottish Fire and Rescue Warning: Paraffin-based emollients fire hazard

Created: 07/07/2017, Updated: 10/07/2017

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have issued the following warning regarding paraffin-based emollients.

When patients/service users are being treated with a paraffin-based emollient product that is covered by a dressing or clothing, there is a danger that smoking or using a naked flame could cause dressings or clothing to catch fire. The risk is greater when these preparations are applied to large areas of the body, or when dressings, clothing or bedding become soaked with emollient.

Examples of paraffin-based emollients include:

  • White soft paraffin

  • White soft paraffin plus 50% liquid paraffin

  • Emulsifying ointment

Reminder for Healthcare Professionals/Care Staff

Advise patients/service users:

  • Not to smoke

  • Not to use naked flames (or be near people who are smoking or using naked flames)

  • Not to go near anything that may cause a fire while emollients are in contact with their medical dressings or clothing

  • Change patient clothing and bedding regularly—preferably daily—because emollients soak into fabric and can become a fire hazard

If smoking is unavoidable due to the person’s physical or memory impairment you may wish to consider asking their GP to prescribe an alternative treatment.

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14/07/2017

‘What matters to you?’ health report

Created: 07/07/2017, Updated: 10/07/2017

On Tuesday 06 June more than 2,500 teams across 30 countries took part in in 'what matters to you?' day.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland have published a summary report of activity throughout the day. 

‘What matters to you?’ day aimed to encourage and support more meaningful conversations between people who provide health and social care and the people, families and carers who receive health and social care.

Moving from ‘What’s the matter with you?’ to ‘What matters to you?’ conversations can support the development of high quality compassionate support, care or treatment focused on what people really want and need. 

To read the report click here

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14/07/2017

Capability Scotland - Fife Supported Living Service

Created: 12/07/2017

Fife Supported Living Service is registered as a combined service of Housing Support service and Care at Home service. The service is managed by Tracy Young (Service Manager) and two Team Leaders, Joanne Clayton and Pamela Young. The service is provided to people in their own homes, and out in the community.

The service is available to adults with disabilities from age 16 years, living in Fife. The intensity of the service varies between individuals, some receiving 24 hours support, others having several visits of support over seven days a week (packages normally 30 hrs plus per week). People are supported to live as independently as possible in the community. The service has successfully supported people with complex and significant needs for several years, including support to exercise choice and control in their lives.

The service can provide support with the following:

  • Housing support tasks;

  • Person Centred Planning Reviews and Assessment;

  • Personal Care Medication support;

  • Helping with Finances;

  • Complex Health Needs;

  • Living well and Wellbeing;

  • Any support required to ensure a high standard of daily life is experienced.

For more information call 01383 832 892 or e-mail tracy.young@capability-scotland.org.uk. Alternatively you can visit their website by clicking here.

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07/07/2017

New To Fife Respite For Young Carers

A new service for the people in Fife from Disabilities Fife.Funded by Young Start

We now have the opportunity to offer respite for young carers, who provide care and support for relatives or friends.

We can help with everyday tasks and give young people a maximum of a 2 hours break each week.

What is available ?

Weekdays the service will be available from 4pm onward and at weekends from 8am onward. During school holidays these hours can be adapted to suit the needs of the individual.

This service will give the young people time to do the things youngsters enjoy, perhaps just spending time with friends.

All our carers are friendly, helpful, and have Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) certificate and membership.

If you feel you would benefit from this service or know of anyone that needs help, please feel free to contact Disabilities Fife on:

Telephone: 01592 203993
Email:  respite@dfscot.com
Website: YoungCarersRespite.com
Twitter: @YoungCarersResp
Facebook: Young Carers Respite Fife.

Or arrange an informal chat by contacting any of the above

To view the full poster "Click Here"

06/07/2017

Scotland's National Dementia Strategy 2017-2020 launched

Created: 28/06/2017

Transforming services to ensure people with dementia get the support they need, at all ages and stages of the illness, is at the centre of Scotland’s third dementia strategy.

The three key priorities under the new three-year strategy are:

  1. Continuing timely, person-centred and consistent treatment and care for people living with dementia and their carers, in all settings

  2. More progress on the provision of support after diagnosis and throughout the disease, taking account of individual needs and circumstances

  3. Responding to the increasing proportion of older people developing dementia later in life, often alongside other chronic conditions

Click here to read this new strategy.

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06/07/2017

Dementia Friendly Glenrothes Evaulation Survey

Created: 29/06/2017

Dementia Friendly Glenrothes have issued a survey for people with dementia and their carers who are living in Glenrothes. 

The information you provide in this survey will help them to understand how effective their work has been in the Glenrothes area. 

Your answers will also make them aware of what work still needs to be done to make Glenrothes dementia friendly.  

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Hunter at Alzheimer Scotland by telephone on 01592 803 800 or by e-mail at ahunter@alzscot.org.

To take part in the survey click here

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06/07/2017

Fife Adult Protection: June Update

Created: 30/06/2017

What's new in Adult Protection?

From September 2016 – January 2017 the Adult Support and Protection Committee (ASPC) ran two surveys; one on general adult protection information, and another on accessible information. The Committee have looked at the survey results and agreed an action plan which will help determine future work.  To find out more visit:  www.fifedirect.org.uk/adultprotection and visit the ‘Adult Support & Protection Committee’ webpage.

Listen to the Adult Protection stories

Last year the ASPC raised awareness of what harm is and how to report it, through a Kingdom Action Campaign on local radio. They used five short stories to describe different harmful situations including the most common forms of harm: neglect, mate crime, financial harm, physical harm and financial abuse from scams. Each story is a minute long and voiced by local people. They’re now available on the webpage: www.fifedirect.org.uk/adultprotection.  Click on the ‘Listen to our Adult Protection stories’ header.

Easy Read info

You can now find Easy Read info more easily at: www.fifedirect.org.uk/adultprotectioneasyread where it can be downloaded.  If your organisation would like paper copies contact: shona.mcewan@fife.gov.uk.

Elder Abuse Awareness Week (June)

Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) Scotland are represented on the ASPC’s Learning & Development Working Group by their Director Lesley Carcary. AEA Scotland work to protect vulnerable older people from harm and abuse.  They support those experiencing (or at risk of) harm and abuse, as well as raising awareness and advocating effective prevention.

For more information visit their website at: elderabuse.org.uk/scotland where you can sign up for their free newsletter or call the free and confidential helpline on 0808 808 8141 to get information, advice and guidance.

Scams Awareness Month

July is Scams Awareness Month.  Look out for info from Fife Trading Standards at www.fifedirect.org.uk/scams or follow #scamaware

If you or someone you know is at risk of harm or neglect, call the Adult Protection Phone Line on 01383 602200.

All Adult Support & Protection information can be found at: fifedirect.org.uk/adultprotection

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06/07/2017

NHS Health Scotland unveils vision for 'A Fairer Healthier Scotland 2017-22'

Created: 23/06/2017, Updated: 05/07/2017

NHS Health Scotland's vision is a Scotland in which all of its people and communities have a fairer share of the opportunities, resources and confidence to live longer, healthier lives.

They have been working towards this vision since 2012 and have set out their priorities for the years ahead in their new Strategic Framework for Action, ‘A Fairer Healthier Scotland 2017 – 22’. 

This strategic framework sets out how they will continue in their mission to reduce health inequalities and improve the health of the population of Scotland.

You can find out more about this strategy by clicking here

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06/07/2017

Share your Health and Social Care Stories

Created: 05/07/2017, Updated: 06/07/2017

Care Opinion is an independant website which allows people to anonymously share their health and social care stories. 

Having recently merged with Patient Opinion, it now provides a single online service for people to share their experiences of health and social care services. 

It's easy to use and whether your experience is good or bad, by feedback you can:

  • Help develop and improve services;

  • Give staff a feel for what patients are saying about the service.

Services in Fife are committed to using Care Opinion and to learning from the feedback recieved. 

To find out more and how to share your story click here

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06/07/2017

Dementia friendly walks launched at Riverside Park, Glenrothes

Created: 05/07/2017, Updated: 06/07/2017

Two ‘Dementia Friendly’ walks have been unveiled at Riverside Park in Glenrothes thanks to funding from Paths for All, Fife Health and Social Care Partnership and Fife Council.

The routes, which are both less than a mile long, are equipped with bright yellow arrows to easily show the way and offer activity stops that are aimed at improving strength and balance.

Convener of the Glenrothes Area Committee Cllr Fiona Grant said: “Physical activity is essential to maintain good health and walking is an ideal way for people to get and stay active, particularly those who have dementia or a long term condition.

“As part of the Council’s Dementia Friendly award from Paths for All, the Bums off Seats team have trained their volunteer walk leaders to be Dementia Friendly so that people can join in the health walks knowing that the leaders understand their needs.

“People with dementia are at greater risk of having a fall but keeping active and trying out the strength and balance activities along the routes can help to reduce that risk. Riverside Park is ideally placed beside the town centre shops so people can easily enjoy it as part of their shopping or leisure time.”

Bums Off Seats led walks that use Riverside Park meet on Tuesdays at the Rothes Halls at 12.30pm.

To find out more about health walks, call the Council’s Bums Off Seats team on 01592 583343 or click here to visit their website.

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06/07/2017

FVA launches online directory of employability services in Fife

Created: 06/07/2017

We've launched a new online directory of employability services in Fife developed with support from the Opportunities Fife Partnership.

The directory contains details of over 60 projects and organisations which provide support to people looking to get into work across Fife. It is open to everyone, whether professional or individual and is designed to be easy to use.

You can search the directory in lots of different ways: 

  • By the kind of support you are looking for: general, young people, health problems and disabilities, sector skills and ‘other’.

  • Organisation

  • Geography

  • Project name

There are handy links where different services are provided by the same organisation, as well as information on employer recruitment incentives available to employers in Fife.

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23/06/2017

Read (and subscribe to) the latest Volunteering in Fife e-bulletin

Created: 21/06/2017

Fife Voluntary Action's most recent Volunteering in Fife e-bulletin has gone out, with lots of new and refreshed volunteering opportunities for you to have a look at. It also has details of our newest volunteering promotion – Get on Board! – which invites you to consider becoming a board member (geddit?!), trustee, governor, director or committee member. 

Read the online version of the bulletin by clicking here

And if you would like to subscribe for free and get your own copy every month then sign up by clicking here

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23/06/2017

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.

Downloads

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

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23/06/2017

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.

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15/06/2017

Scottish Health Council May Newsletter

Created: 08/06/2017

The Scottish Health Council's Fife team have published their May newsletter.

Click here to read the latest. 

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15/06/2017

New Health and Social Care Standards Published

Created: 09/06/2017

Ensuring care is provided with dignity and respect will be at the heart of Scotland's new Health and Social Care Standards with human rights at their core. 

The standards, which will be implemented on 1 April 2018, will apply to the NHS as well as services registered with the Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland, and set out the standard people should expect when using health or social care services.

They are focused on improving people’s experience of care and are based on five outcomes:

  • I experience high quality care and support that is right for me.

  • I am fully involved in all decisions about my care and support.

  • I have confidence in the people who support and care for me.

  • I have confidence in the organisation providing my care and support.

  • I experience a high quality environment if the organisation provides the premises.

They are also underpinned by five principles: dignity and respect; compassion; be included; responsive care and support and wellbeing; which reflect the way that everyone should expect to be treated.

To read more click here

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15/06/2017

Increased Carer’s Allowance to be delivered next summer

Created: 09/06/2017

The first social security payments to be delivered by the Scottish Government have been outlined to parliament by Social Security Secretary Angela Constance.

The next milestone in building Scotland’s new social security system will be the delivery of the first benefits and these will be the increased Carer’s Allowance, the Best Start Grant and the Funeral Expense Assistance. 

Increased Carer’s Allowance:

  • delivery from summer 2018

  • increasing to the same level as Jobseeker’s Allowance

  • an investment of more than £30 million a year

Best Start Grant (replacing the Sure Start Maternity Grant)

  • delivery by summer 2019

  • a one-off grant of £600 for the first child in low income families – an increase of £100 on the current rate

  • a re-introduction of £300 for subsequent children and two payments of £250 each during a child’s early years

Funeral Expense Assistance

  • delivery by summer 2019

  • processing applications within 10 days – significantly faster than at present

  • making it easier for people to understand if they are eligible for assistance

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15/06/2017

What is People First (Scotland)?

People First (Scotland) started in 1989. It is the independent self advocacy organisation in Scotland.

People First (Scotland) is the only disabled people’s organisation run by and for people with learning difficulties. The Board of Directors is people with learning difficulties.made up only of people with learning difficulties.

There are over 90 local groups in Scotland, where members meet up and share concerns, issues or experiences. Members provide support to each other and work together to highlight issues and campaign for improvement.

Local groups also create opportunities for adults with
learning difficulties to develop the skills, attitudes and
competencies which will be more widely valued in our society and to learn the skills of opinion development
and engagement.

At a local level, members also have the opportunity to be involved in other work, such as raising awareness of adult protection issues and delivering hate crime training.
Members also attend conferences and consultations, and represent people with learning difficulties on local and national strategic committees.
For more information, visit the website:
http://www.peoplefirstscotland.org

People First - Summer Newsletter

Groups in Fife Information
Collective self - advocacy run by and for adults with learning difficulties Groups all meet once a month. Please contact us for dates.
Email: kate.milliken@peoplefirstscotland.org
Phone: 01383 624885

Crossford
Thursdays 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Crossford Village Hall
Crossgates
Thursdays 10.30am –12pm
Crossgates Community Centre

Dunfermline
Wednesdays 1.30pm – 3pm
Dell Farquharson Centre, Nether
town Broad Street, Dunfermline

Mayfield, Lynebank
Wednesdays 6pm – 7pm
Mayfield Unit, Lynebank Hospital

Kirkcaldy
Fridays 1pm – 2.30pm
St Bryce Kirk, St
Brycedale Avenue, Kirkcaldy

Glenrothes
Fridays 1.30pm – 3pm
Fife Voluntary Action, Craig Mitchell House,
Flemington Road, Glenrothes

Leven
Thursdays 1.30pm – 2.45pm
The Centre, Commercial Road, Leven

Cupar, Dalgairn
Mondays 1.30pm - 2.45pm
Dalgairn Centre, Bank Street, Cupar

Elmwood, Cupar
Thursdays 1pm – 2.30pm
Cupar Fire Station, Millgate, Cupar

St Andrews
Tuesdays 6pm – 7.30pm
Madras Community School, Kilrymont Road, St Andrews

Women’s Group
(Kirkcaldy)
Mondays 1pm – 2.45pm
St Bryce Kirk, St
Brycedale Avenue, Kirkcaldy

Lochgelly Women’s Group
Thursdays 1pm – 2.30pm
Lochgelly Centre, Lochgelly

Men’s Group
(Kirkcaldy)
Fridays 1.15pm – 2.45pm
St Bryce Kirk, St Brycedale Avenue, Kirkcaldy

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13/06/2017

Fife Centre for Equalities is seeking new members to join our Board of Trustees.

No previous experience is required but must have a commitment to strong governance and inclusive equality. The position of Trustee is a voluntary one, however, out-of-pocket expenses will be met.  For more information, please contact Nina Munday, Manager, nina@centreforequalities.org.uk or 01383 645 310. Suitable applicants will be invited to attend an informal interview.

From Fife Centre for Equalities Weekly catch-up w/c 13 June 2017

07/06/2017

Fife Health and Social Care Partnership Locality and Cluster Area Profiles

Fife Health and Social Care Partnership have published the seven Locality and Cluster Area Profiles, developed as part of the Health and Social Care Integration Process and as part of the development of Locality and Cluster Planning in Fife. To describe the population of the Locality and Cluster area in areas that are either relevant to the process of Health and Social Care Integration or can be directly influenced by it. It will look at specific locality data and be used to highlight key challenges that affect the population of the locality. To find out more, click here.

From Fife Centre for Equalities e-bulletin June 2017

07/06/2017

National Standards for Community Engagement - accessible formats

The Scottish Community Development Centre has released new support materials have been produced to accompany the revised National Standards for Community Engagement. Developed in partnership with Glasgow Disability Alliance (GDA), the National Standards for Community Engagement are now in the following accessible formats:

•    Easy Read version of the National Standards for Community Engagement
•    Easy Read - plain large print (18pt) of the National Standards for Community Engagement 
•    Easy Read - plain large print (24pt) of the National Standards for Community Engagement
•    Audio version (MP3) of the National Standards for Community Engagement 
•    A braille version of the National Standards for Community Engagement is also available on request. 

View and download the accessible versions by clicking here. For more information or further support around accessible versions of the Standards, please contact Paul Nelis at SCDC on 0131 248 1924 or e-mail paul@scdc.org.uk.

From Fife Centre for Equalities e-bulletin June 2017

29/05/2017

Dear friends of The Yard

At The Yard, we provide indoor and outdoor adventure play for disabled children and young people. Last summer, we expanded our services to offer a safe place to play for disabled children and their families in Fife.

Thanks to the support of our families and local organisations, we are now able to open for a second weekly family session in Fife. From Saturday 3rd June 2017, The Yard Fife will be open from 10.30am to 4pm every Saturday AND Sunday, at the Argos Centre in Kirkcaldy.

If you have a disabled child, you can come along for your first free taster session any time (no booking needed). Come and play! Find out more on The Yard website at https://www.theyardscotland.org.uk/the-yard-fife.

Please help us promote The Yard Fife to more local families by display our enclosed poster and distributing our enclosed flyers. Please get in touch if you require a new supply and feel free to share on social media. We really appreciate your support.

Many thanks in advance for helping disabled children and young people in Fife.
Best wishes

Victoria

Victoria Armour
Communications Manager
The Yard
22 Eyre Place Lane
Edinburgh EH3 5EH
0131 476 4506
Visit The Yard website | Facebook | Twitter

The Yard Fife A4 poster 2017

The Yard Fife A5 flyer 2017

11/05/2017

charisgrants.com

I get my Gas and Electric at present from SSE and I have applied for and got £140 off my electricity bill under the Warm Home Discount Scheme.

I recently received a letter from SSE say that I had been successful in getting Warm Home Discount Scheme and that I might also be eligible for their Free Appliance Scheme which is run in conjunction with Charis Grants. This scheme officers a limited number of free A rated appliances to customers, which includes washing machines, cookers and fridges.

If you do not have one of these appliances or if yours is broken or over 10 years old this scheme offers a free replacement.

To find out more about the scheme and make an application please visits either of the following websites;

www.ssefreeappliancescheme.com

www.charisgrants.com/application-forms/

The below information is from the Charis home page

Charis provides expertly tailored financial relief programmes, facilitating corporate provision through a variety of solutions to individuals and families in financial hardship. We design, develop and deliver financial relief schemes that allow businesses to reduce their costs of helping vulnerable customers, achieve corporate goals and reduce their administrative burden.

Charis’ schemes support those who are struggling to pay their bills or have other essential needs. We help individuals by using our skilled assessment processes to ensure those most in need receive the most appropriate help and services.

Charis works with the following companies and Local Authorities to deliver a number of Charitable Trusts, Hardship Funds, (Welfare Schemes), Rebate Schemes and Social Tariffs:

  • British Gas

  • EDF Energy

  • E.ON Energy Fund

  • npower

  • Anglian Water

  • First Utility

  • Scottish Power

  • OVO

  • Business Energy Solutions

  • Cambridgeshire County Council

  • Utility Warehouse

We are a member of Advice UK and also work alongside other money organisations.

www.charisgrants.com/

The below is from the Charis individuals-families page

We Offer Help When You Need It Most

If you are experiencing financial difficulties, Charis may be able to help. Our schemes provide financial assistance as well as essential household items.

We also administer Warm Home Discount schemes – to sign up please contact your energy supplier.

The schemes operate within a ‘shared programme’, with a single application form and assessment process. Supporting documentation that must be provided under the guidelines for each scheme are detailed on the application forms.

Charis will automatically identify if you are eligible for help from any other scheme it administers, offering you maximum support.

www.charisgrants.com/individuals-families/

So I thought others might be interested in finding out if they might be able to for a grant for Free Appliance, so that why I have added the above information.

Robert Hunter

04/05/2017

Planning for Diversity Week 2017

We having started our planning for this year’s theme of sustainable inclusion - and how to make localities become smart, sustainable and inclusive places to live, work and study. Diversity Week 2017 takes places the second week of September. If you would like to be involved in planning or can offer support in any way, please contact us. We welcome all input and ideas.

From Fife Centre for Equalities E-bulletin - May 2017

28/04/2017

Fife Health & Social Care Partnership LogoRedesign of Day Services/Day Hospitals Newsletter April 2017

Created: 24/04/2017

Fife's Health and Social Care Partnership are keeping us up-to-date with the redesign of day services/day hospitals through their Newsletter.

The latest edition has just been published. Click here to read this in full.

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22/04/2017

Big Lottery - Young Start (Improving opportunities for 8-24 year olds)

Created: 18/04/2017

Young Start aims to create opportunities for children and young people aged between 8 and 24. Funding of between £10,000 to £50,000 available. 

The project distributes money from dormant bank accounts.

Young Start can support projects that meet one or more of these outcomes:

  • CONFIDENT - Children and young people have more confidence and skills.

  • HEALTHY - Children and young people have better physical, mental and emotional health.

  • CONNECTED - Younger and older generations are better connected and have more understanding and respect for each other.

  • ENTERPRISING - Young people are better prepared for getting a job or starting a business.

For more information and to apply, click here

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20/04/2017

Rehab 4 Addiction

Rehab 4 Addiction is a free and confidential helpline for people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction in Scotland. Tel: 0800 140 4690 http://www.rehab4addiction.co.uk

20/04/2017

Ordering your Repeat Prescription online in Fife

Some Doctors Surgery’s in Fife are now providing an online Repeat Prescription service through https://www.myvisiononline.co.uk/

You will have to contact your GP`s surgery to get there Practice ID and to register for the online service.

13/04/2017

Transform Foundation Facebook and Website Grants

Created: 11/04/2017

The Transform Foundation provides grants for charities to develop an effective social media and web presence with the aim of developing future funding streams.

The Foundation has two funding programmes:

  • Facebook Grant programme - provides £5,000 of funding to spend on Facebook advertising, with potential scale-up funding of up to £10,000

  • Website Grant Programme - provides a funding package of up to £18,000 to cover the upfront costs of a new charity-specific website including strategy, design, development and training

The grant programmes are aimed at small to medium-sized charities and other not for profit organisations.

There is a simple online form to check eligibility criteria and that the applicant has a clear, measurable plan for deploying the funding to generate income or impact.

To find out more and to apply for this fund click here.

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13/04/2017

Time Out Grant - for those affected by Motor Neurone Disease (MND)

Created: 11/04/2017

This grant aims to help give carers and patients a break from their usual routine.

The grant could be used to give couples or families time together, or for the carer or person with MND to have time out to themselves.

Grants of up to £1,000 may be awarded and can go towards covering the costs of things like:

  • a holiday or short trip i.e. for accommodation, travel, insurance, meals;

  • regular time out to meet friends;

  • pursue a hobby, such as gym sessions or driving lessons; or

  • just to relax.

To find out more or to apply click here.

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07/04/2017

Scottish Government publishes Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027

Created: 31/03/2017

The Scottish Government has published its latest Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027.

This strategy outlines their 10 year vision for Mental Health Services in Scotland.

Their guiding ambition for mental health is "that we must prevent and treat mental heath problems with the same commitment, passion and drive as we do with physical health problems". 

The strategy sets out 40 initial actions to better join-up services, to refocus these and to deliver them when they are needed under the following headings:

  • Prevention, early intervention, and physical wellbeing;

  • Access to treatment, and joined up accessible services; and

  • Rights, information use and planning 

Click here to read the full report. 

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07/04/2017

Welfare benefits and grants handbooks

Created: 05/04/2017

Keeping up to date with the latest in welfare benefits, tax credits and funding for those in need can be time-consuming and complicated. To save you time and make your life that little bit easier, The directory of social change have paired two of their specialist fundraising best-sellers at a special price.

The Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need 2016/17 - £85

Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook 2017/2018 - £61

Together usually £146

Enter the code WELFARE17 at checkout and get both books for the price of £110.

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 07 April 2017 Opens a MS Word document containing information and links

04/04/2017

Latest health inequalities statistics released

Created: 30/03/2017

The Scottish Government has published the latest in a series of reports monitoring health inequalities in Scotland.

The report looks at a range of indicators to assess the gap in health outcomes between the most deprived and least deprived areas of Scotland, and identify changes in this gap over time.

The report highlights that with the exception of one specific indicator (the healthy birthweight indicator), significant health inequalities persist in Scotland.

Positively, in a number of indicators, absolute inequality (the gap between the most and least deprived areas) has narrowed over the longer term. This includes in relation to:

  • Premature mortality - the gap has reduced by 16 per cent from its peak in 2002;

  • Coronary heart disease deaths - the gap has reduced by 47 per cent from its peak in 1997;

  • First alcohol-related hospital admission - the gap has reduced by 43 per cent since the start of the time series in 1996;

  • All-cause mortality in those aged 15-44 – the gap has reduced by 16 per cent from its peak in 2001; and

  • Low birthweight – the gap has reduced by 31 per cent since its peak in 2004.

However, at the same time the gap has widened for two indicators, including

  • Limiting long-term conditions – the gap has increased by 39 per cent since the start of the time series in 2008/2009; and

  • Self-assessed health – the gap has increased by 47 per cent since the start of the time series in 2008/2009.

The report also looks at the relative index of inequality (RII), which identifies the gap in health outcomes in the most deprived areas compared to the average throughout Scotland. It is possible for absolute inequalities to improve, but relative inequalities to worsen.

To read the full report click here.

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 30 March 2017 Opens a MS Word document containing information and links

23/03/2017

Tesco Bags of Help Funding for local projects

Created: 16/03/2017

Tesco Bags of Help funding has recently changed to allow a wider range of projects that bring benefits to the community to apply.

The Bags of Help team have been listening to applicants, customers and Tesco colleague feedback and we’ve made some immediate improvements:

  • Apply anytime for projects that bring benefits to the community

  • Projects can be outdoor or indoor improvements, activities and equipment purchases

  • Apply for capital and revenue funding between £1000 and £4000 

  • Simpler online application process

  • Community groups, schools, charities, local authorities and not for profits can all apply

  • You can apply again for a different project at any time

To make the programme more local the number of projects funded every two months has been increased. They still fund projects that improve or encourage the use of outdoor spaces such as allotments and community gardens. But now grants can also fund buying items such as sports kits, camping equipment, spades, litter pickers or specialised medical equipment and improvements to community buildings.

Following a public vote in Tesco stores every two months, three projects in each of the local Tesco store areas will receive a grant, with first place receiving up to £4000, second place up to £2000 and third place £1000.

For information on how to apply please click here.

If you’ve got a question or need help to apply please contact our friendly team of Scottish community enablers – find their contact details here.

Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork - which is working with Greenspace Scotland to support applicants and successful projects in Scotland.

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

23/03/2017

Awards celebrate success of young people with disabilities and health issues

Created: 17/03/2017

Young people with disabilities and health issues were recently celebrated at an event run by Fife Council to recognise their achievements in completing a Modern Apprenticeship Academy Programme, called Accessible Fife.

Accessible Fife is designed to tackle the imbalance of people with disabilities and health issues entering Modern Apprenticeships, which currently sits at about 3% of apprenticeships take ups.

Accessible Fife is a partnership between Fife Council’s Supported Employment Service, Fife Voluntary Action, Skills Development Scotland, Capability Scotland and Fife Employment Access Trust.

The Awards Ceremony, focussed on promoting a more diverse workforce, took place on 10 March at the Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline.

The young people involved were offered a two week pre-apprenticeship Academy Course and the opportunity to undertake a work placement.

Three third sector employers, Cambo Estate, Fife Ecology Centre and Fife Centre for Equalities have offered work placement and apprenticeship opportunities for the young people who completed the training. Fife Council have offered Guaranteed Interviews in entry level positions such as Catering, Child Care and Janitorial Services.

Robbie Young, who took part in the course, said “I took part in a placement with Fife Centre for Equalities. This helped me to see that having a disability or health issue doesn’t define you. I learned so much about the sector that I want to work in, and want to thank everyone for the experience I’ve been given. From CV Building and growing in confidence, I have developed some essential skills for moving forward into the work place.

Angela Hamilton, Team Manager, Fife Council’s Supported Employment Service, added “This is a unique programme in Scotland. We need to promote the success of Accessible Fife and make sure that more opportunities like this are made available to other young people in Fife with similar backgrounds.  We’ve proven that disability or health issues are not a barrier to entering a Modern Apprenticeship.

Fife Council’s Supported Employment Service provides a range of employment training and work placement opportunities for people with disabilities or health issues who live in Fife. Find out more at www.fifedirect.org.uk/swses

If you are an employer and would like to offer opportunities for people with disabilities or health issues, or are looking for advice about employees you already have with disabilities or health issues please contact the Supported Employment Service on 01592 583142.

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

10/03/2017

Help make Glenrothes become "Dementia Friendly"

Created: 09/03/2017

Alzheimer Scotland are working with Fife Council and Fife Health and Social Care Partnership to make Glenrothes a Dementia Friendly town.

They want to hear from you is you are living with dementia or caring for someone with dementia.

They want to know:

  • Can you get out and about?

  • Do you feel part of your community?

  • Can you use shops and services?

  • Do you feel respected and safe in your community?

You can take part in their survey here or visit their Facebook page. 

For more info contact Amanda Hunter on 01592 803 800 or e-mail ahunter@alzscot.org.

Click here for more information.

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10/03/2017

Bring your medicines to hospital, urges NHS Fife

Created: 09/03/2017

NHS Fife has launched a campaign asking patients attending hospital to bring their medicines with them to hospital.

The reasons for this are:

  • So staff have a complete record of all medicines you are taking

  • To ensure you receive the correct medicine at the right time

  • It will reduce wastage of medicines

 NHS Fife has produced a poster with details, click here to view it.

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 09 March 2017 Opens a MS Word document containing information and links

08/03/2017

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

www.sdef.org.uk

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

Facebook:  Scottish Disability Equality Forum
Twitter:  @SDEForum

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03/03/2017

Benefits of Health & Social Care Integration

If you would like to know more about the benefits of Health & Social Care Integration, and find out how you can get involved, why not attend one of the roadshows being organised by Fife Health & Social Care Partnership?

Michael Kellet, Director of Health & Social Care, will kick off the events discussing why it’s important we create healthier communities together.

The attached leaflet give times and locations for the events, but if you’d like to know more about them please contact tracy.harley@fife.gov.uk or joanna@fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk

Attached leaflet

Betsy
Betsy Wojcik
Research Advisor
Fife Council
Research Team
Fife House (5th floor West)
North Street
Glenrothes
KY7 5LT

Tel:  01592 583138
VOIP:  441206

23/02/2017

The Scottish Health Council Newsletter

Created: 16/02/2017

The Scottish Health Council have published the latest edition of their newsletter.

Click here to read their latest news. 

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 23 February 2017

23/02/2017

Footcare Fife: Help to Cut Your Toenails

Created: 16/02/2017

Do you require assistance to manage your personal footcare?

Poor footcare can lead to various health complications and can be avoided with support and care from Footcare Fife’s trained volunteers.

FootCare Fife is a low cost, confidential, safe and supportive service run by a local charity and delivered by volunteers.

Sessions are currently running at:

·         Whytemans Brae Hospital, Kirkcaldy;

·         Jean Mackie Centre, Dunfermline;

·         Randolph Wemyss, Buckhaven;

·         Glenrothes Hospital, Glenrothes;

·         Adamson Hospital, Cupar; and

·         Community Hospital, St Andrews.

We currently don’t offer home visits as part of the service.

There will be a small £10 charge per session to cover costs for the project which is not-for-profit.

For further information please contact James Jack at Fife Voluntary Action on 0800 389 6046 or e-mail james@fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 23 February 2017

23/02/2017

OSCR launches new booklet about being a charity

Created: 20/02/2017

The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has unveiled a brand new booklet to make the basics of Scottish charity law easier to understand.

Designed to be used throughout a charity’s life, ‘Being a Charity in Scotland’ uses simple graphics and straightforward language to help those who run Scottish charities understand their responsibilities.

The guide is for:

• Charity trustees of existing charities or people working in charities, especially smaller ones
• People who want to set up a charity
• Professionals who advise charities and organisations that want to become charities.

It sets out the key points charities need to know about Scottish charity law. Within the guide there are links to detailed guidance pages contained on our website and it also has information on other organisations that can provide help and advice to charities.

‘Being a Charity in Scotland’ is available online here.

If you have a question about being a charity, contact us here at FVA. 

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 23 February 2017

23/02/2017

New Volunteer House in Kirkcaldy Now Open!

Created: 16/02/2017

We're delighted to announce that New Volunteer House has now reopened in Kirkcaldy after a significant refurbishment.  In partnership with Fife Council, and with funding support from Scottish Government, we've given the building a new lease of life for voluntary sector organisations, public sector partners and the citizens of Kirkcaldy and beyond.

All services are now being delivered from New Volunteer House, 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT (sometimes called The Hub).  You can access the building from Wemyssfield, but you have to walk around the side of the building to the main entrance off East Fergus Place.   

For more information on the services being delivered, please contact the relevant service/organisation direct:

Circles Network: call 01592 645 360, e-mail info.fife@circlesnetwork.org.uk or visit www.circlesnetwork.org.uk
Citizens Advice and Rights Fife (CARF): visit www.cabfife.org.uk.
Express Group: call 01592 645 331, e-mail info@expressgroup.fsnet.co.uk or visit www.expressgroupfife.org.uk
Fife Centre for Equalities: call 01592 645 310, e-mail info@centreforequalities.org.uk or visit their website
Fife Voluntary Action: call 01592 645 300, e-mail info@fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk or visit www.fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk
Frontline Fife: call 01592 800 430 or visit www.frontlinefife.co.uk
K107: call 01592 645 307 or visit www.k107.co.uk/
KART: e-mail enquiries@kart.me.uk or visit www.kart.me.uk/
The One Stop Shop for Autism: call 01592 645 350, e-mail fifeoss@scottishautism.org or visit www.scottishautism.org
The Royal Voluntary Service: call 01592 269 654, e-mail fifehub@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk or visit www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk
Youth First: call 01592 645 355, e-mail admin@youth1st.co.uk or visit www.youth1st.co.uk

Public reception at New Volunteer House is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. 

The HM Courts and Tribunal Service and Kirkcaldy Job Club have also returned to New Volunteer House, for more information call our reception on 01592 645 300.

As well as providing affordable office space (but we only have two offices left - so hurry!), New Volunteer House offers training, interview and meeting space for hire.  Please contact us to view the facilities and discuss how we can help you deliver an event in the heart of Kirkcaldy, yards from the bus station, train station and the High Street.

If you have any queries or would like information please contact us on 0800 389 6046 or e-mail us at info@fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk.

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 23 February 2017

10/02/2017

CHSS Fife's Community Stroke Services closes

Created: 02/02/2017

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) has announced this week that they are to close and redevelop the communication support element of their support services for people living with a stroke in Fife. 

They will, however, continue to provide support for those discharged from hospital having had a stroke through the CHSS Fife Stroke Nurse Service and through Stroke Groups across Fife that are affiliated to CHSS.

Barbara Dalgetty, Head of Rehabilitation Support at CHSS said: “We have made repeated attempts over the years to secure funding for our communication support work in Fife, the most recent being over the past few months. Regrettably CHSS is no longer in a position to continue to support this model of service delivery without external funding, so we are having to look at new ways to support this group of people living with a stroke. 

“We recognise the challenges faced by the new integrated health and social care joint board in Fife, and the fact that many more people in Fife are living for longer with a stroke or other similar long term conditions. We are therefore looking options for develop a new Rehabilitation Support Service in Fife which will work with people living with heart and lung health conditions as well as stroke.

“Early discussions are on-going and it is estimated that it will take at least year before we can launch any new service. Such a service would be able to effectively support people with post-stroke communications difficulties, in the context of a broader range of rehabilitation support.”

The charity hopes that a new model for supporting people across Fife with cardiac, respiratory and / or stroke conditions in their rehabilitation goals will prove to be both  more cost effective and more responsive to the needs of people living with multiple conditions.

CHSS would like to recognise and thank all their enthusiastic and committed service users, staff and volunteers.  They have made a real difference to people Fife with  post-stroke communications difficulties over the past 13 years and they wish to thank all those involved in making this happen.  

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 09 February 2017

07/02/2017

Deaf Communication Service is running various awareness sessions to give employees a better understanding of the needs of deaf people and the barriers they face. Sessions are open to all Fife Council Services, voluntary, and private sector. To book a place, please email: SW.BS-Kirkcaldy@fife.gov.uk or call Margaret Whitehead 03451 555 555 Ext: 441195, Fife Council employees can book on CLMS. Only £10 per person (non-refundable), free for Fife Council staff.

The above is from Fife Centre for Equalities Weekly catch-up W/C 6 February 2017 www.centreforequalities.org.uk

03/02/2017

Barchester Healthcare Foundation - Tackling Loneliness

Created: 27/01/2017

Barchester Healthcare Foundation is continuing its 2016 priority to combat loneliness and engage older or disabled people.

They are accepting applications from small community groups and small local groups helping adults aged over 18 with mental and physical disabilities, and older people aged over 65.

Barchester’s Charitable Foundation is a registered charity based in London. It was created by Barchester Healthcare in 2000 to give something back to communities where the Barchester care homes operate.

The Foundation’s priority is continued from 2016: connecting or reconnecting people with others in their local community. Applications that combat loneliness and enable people to be active and engaged will receive the highest priority throughout the year.

Grants of between £100 and £5,000 are available to groups in England, Scotland and Wales. Applications can be submitted online at any time.

To find out more or to apply to this fund click here

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 02 February 2017

03/02/2017

Transform Foundation: Funding for Charities to Develop an Effective Web Presence

Created: 27/01/2017

The Transform Foundation has funding available to help charities to develop an effective web presence.

In collaboration with Raising IT, the largest UK provider of charity websites, the £18,000 funding package will help to equip charities with:

  • the technology to transform their organisation;

  • a digital engagement focused strategy to futureproof the charity;

  • a professionally designed website to inspire supporters; and

  • measurement built in to help the charity track results and maximise impact.

The grants will cover 100% of the upfront costs which means that grant recipient will only need to fund ongoing costs.

To be eligible, applicants must have an income of between £400,000 and £20 million. (Organisations outside of this income range may apply, but depending on the nature of the project, a preliminary discussion may be required to determine whether it is appropriate). The first step is to submit an online application. Charities will hear back in one week whether they’ve been selected for stage 2.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until at least the first half of 2017.

To find out more or to apply click here. 

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 02 February 2017

03/02/2017

Community Empowerment Act comes into force

Created: 27/01/2017

The asset transfer section of the Community Empowerment Act (Scotland) 2015 came into force on Monday 23 January 2017.

This allows community-led organisations to request to buy, lease or use any land or buildings belonging to local councils, Scottish Ministers, and a range of other public bodies. They must show how they will use the land to benefit the community.  Requests must be agreed unless there are reasonable grounds for refusal.

This is the latest section of the Act which gives more power to Scotland’s communities to have their voices heard in decisions that matter to them, and to take action for themselves.

Links to all documents and legislation are available by clicking here.

If you would like more information about the Community Empowerment Act, contact us.

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 02 February 2017

03/02/2017

OSCR Releases Video on Raising Concerns about Charities

Created: 30/01/2017

The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has launched a new video about the running of Scottish charities and how to raise a concerns about them.

The video explains:

  • What concerns charity trustees should deal with

  • When you should report your concern to the Police

  • What concerns OSCR can deal with

  • What information you should provide to us

  • What happens after you raise a concern to us

 If you have a concern about a charity in Fife, you can contact us for confidential advice.

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 02 February 2017

03/02/2017

CHSS Fife's Community Stroke Services closes

Created: 02/02/2017

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) has announced this week that they are to close and redevelop the communication support element of their support services for people living with a stroke in Fife. 

They will, however, continue to provide support for those discharged from hospital having had a stroke through the CHSS Fife Stroke Nurse Service and through Stroke Groups across Fife that are affiliated to CHSS.

Barbara Dalgetty, Head of Rehabilitation Support at CHSS said: “We have made repeated attempts over the years to secure funding for our communication support work in Fife, the most recent being over the past few months. Regrettably CHSS is no longer in a position to continue to support this model of service delivery without external funding, so we are having to look at new ways to support this group of people living with a stroke. 

“We recognise the challenges faced by the new integrated health and social care joint board in Fife, and the fact that many more people in Fife are living for longer with a stroke or other similar long term conditions. We are therefore looking options for develop a new Rehabilitation Support Service in Fife which will work with people living with heart and lung health conditions as well as stroke.

“Early discussions are on-going and it is estimated that it will take at least year before we can launch any new service. Such a service would be able to effectively support people with post-stroke communications difficulties, in the context of a broader range of rehabilitation support.”

The charity hopes that a new model for supporting people across Fife with cardiac, respiratory and / or stroke conditions in their rehabilitation goals will prove to be both  more cost effective and more responsive to the needs of people living with multiple conditions.

CHSS would like to recognise and thank all their enthusiastic and committed service users, staff and volunteers.  They have made a real difference to people Fife with  post-stroke communications difficulties over the past 13 years and they wish to thank all those involved in making this happen.  

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 02 February 2017

31/01/2017

Why Tesco is adding a "slow lane" to its supermarkets

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31/01/2017

‘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.

Background

  • 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.

Hello,

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,

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

20/01/2017

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland close and redevelop support service

Created: 13/01/2017

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) has announced that they are to close and redevelop the communication support element of their support services for people living with a stroke in Fife.  

They will, however, continue to provide support for those discharged from hospital having had a stroke through the CHSS Fife Stroke Nurse Service and through Stroke Groups across Fife that are affiliated to CHSS.

Barbara Dalgetty, Head of Rehabilitation Support at CHSS said: “We have made repeated attempts over the years to secure funding for our communication support work in Fife, the most recent being over the past few months. Regrettably CHSS is no longer in a position to continue to support this model of service delivery without external funding, so we are having to look at new ways to support this group of people living with a stroke.

“We recognise the challenges faced by the new integrated health and social care joint board in Fife, and the fact that many more people in Fife are living for longer with a stroke or other similar long term conditions. We are therefore looking options for develop a new Rehabilitation Support Service in Fife which will work with people living with heart and lung health conditions as well as stroke.

“Early discussions are ongoing and it is estimated that it will take at least year before we can launch any new service. Such a service would be able to effectively support people with post-stroke communications difficulties, in the context of a broader range of rehabilitation support.”

The charity hopes that a new model for supporting people across Fife with cardiac, respiratory and / or stroke conditions in their rehabilitation goals will prove to be both more cost effective and more responsive to the needs of people living with multiple conditions.

CHSS would like to recognise and thank all their enthusiastic and committed service users, staff and volunteers.  They have made a real difference to people Fife with post-stroke communications difficulties over the past 13 years and they wish to thank all those involved in making this happen.  They will be working with current service users, their families and their trained stroke and communications volunteers to identify other support options.

FromFife Voluntary Action Bulletin 19 January 2017

12/01/2017

Research shows Volunteers are more appealing to Employers

Created: 06/01/2017

Whilst volunteers give their time, energy and commitment for lots of different reasons, FVA and volunteer involving organisations have known for a long time that one of the many benefits of volunteering is an increased likelihood of gaining employment. New research by Oxfam now confirms this.

They surveyed 500 employers, representing a wide spectrum of professional sectors, and more than 80 percent consider volunteers to be better quality job candidates. Three quarters of hirers say given the choice between two identical candidates, they would select the person with a track record of giving their time for free.

You can read more by clicking here

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 12 January 2017

12/01/2017

Note of the December Health and Social Care Forum

Created: 05/01/2017

On Thursday 08 December Fife's third sector Health and Social Care Forum met for their final meeting of 2016. 

Forum members discussed the Scottish Governments Consultation on the New National Health and Social Care Standards

Members also enjoyed a networking lunch which saw many of the great conversations for the Forum continued over a mince pie or two. 

To read the note of the Forum click here and for the presentation on the consultation click here

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 12 January 2017

12/01/2017

OSCR launches logo for charities to show they are registered

Created: 12/01/2017

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has created a new logo for charities to display on their websites and email signatures to show they are a registered charity.

The registration logo has been designed to help charities show the public they are entered in the Scottish Charity Register.

It should be used alongside other legal requirements organisations have to promote their charitable status to the public such as displaying a charity number.

The charity registration logo can be downloaded free of charge to use by a charity from the OSCR website alongside a media pack with guidelines.

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 12 January 2017

22/12/2016

Scotland’s House of Care Learning Report

Created: 22/12/2016

Scotland's House of Care has published a Leaning Report in partnership with The Health and Social Care Alliance.

Within the context of moving from the 'medical model' of treatment, towards a model of care and support which builds on people's expertise in living with their conditions and the resources available to support them in their own communities to provide a more holistic approach to achieving the best possible outcomes; this report creates space to reflect on progress make so far and going forward.

It sets out elements required to deliver change in practice, focused on coordinated and capability building training, to promote the whole system transformation needed to improve the interactions and conversations between people and their practitioners. 

Read this report in fully by clicking here

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 22 December 2016

22/12/2016

Action on Elder Abuse Helpline Launched in Scotland

Created: 19/12/2016

On Wednesday 30 November 2016, Action on Elder Abuse launched their helpline in Scotland (080 8808 8141), dedicated to the support of older people across Scotland who are being, or under threat of being abused.

What Action on Elder Abuse does:

•  Raises awareness of the wide range of harm and abuse experienced by older people which includes   physical, sexual, psychological, financial and neglect;

•  Provides advice and support to older people experiencing harm or abuse, and those who care for or are concerned about older people;

•  Promotes research and projects relating to elder abuse;

•  Campaigns for the best possible support and prevention framework; and

•  Signpost to other organisations who can provide appropriate help and support.

If a concern is raised with them in regards to a vulnerable adult, their Information Officers will always make the caller aware of the Adult Support and Protection legislation and provide the appropriate local authority contact.

They are the only organisation that deals specifically with Elder Abuse and they provide support to people when they need to talk about the harm they are suffering and, if necessary, a signposting route to other organisations.

Further information can be found on their Website: www.elderabuse.org.uk/scotland

If you have any questions or require any further information or leaflets, please do not hesitate to get in touch with:

Brian Rapley, Services Coordinator, Action on Elder Abuse Scotland

Tel: 07496323801

E-mail: brianrapley@elderabuse.org.uk

Postal: AEA Scotland, PO Box 29244, Dunfermline, KY12 2EG

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 22 December 2016

22/12/2016

The Silver Line Helpline is Open over Festive Period

Created: 19/12/2016

In order to ensure it's always there for older people The Silver Line are getting ready for one of the busiest times of the year.

The Silver Line is a free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

The helpline is open as usual, 24 hours a day, every day throughout the festive period, taking calls from lonely and isolated older people.

Their telephone number is 0800 4 70 80 90. 

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 22 December 2016

15/12/2016

Al Maktoum Community Grants Programme

Created: 09/12/2016

Al Maktoum Community College and Foundation Scotland have worked together since 2009 to support the communities in and around Dundee and Fife. Since then the fund has distributed nearly £100,000 through its express grants programme.

Registered charities and constituted community groups based in Dundee, Angus, Perth and Kinross or North East Fife (Cupar and St Andrews) may apply for funding for projects that address at least one of the following priority areas:

  • Learning and education;

  • Multiculturalism, interfaith and cultural engagement;

  • Youth development;

  • Opportunities for those with physical or learning disabilities;

  • Helping people overcome challenges in the face of adversity;

  • Local groups at grass roots level that enrich the community;

Where demand exceeds available funds, priority will be given to projects in Dundee.

Grants of between £250 and £2,000 are available. The total cost of the project must not exceed £8,000.

The deadline for applications is at 12 o'clock on Friday 03 February 2017. 

To find out more or to apply click here

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 15 December 2016

18/11/2016

Bank of Scotland Foundation: 2017 deadlines for small/medium grants

Created: 14/11/2016

The Bank of Scotland Foundation has announced the 2017 application deadlines to its Medium Grants and Small Grants Programmes.

The Foundation is an independent charity supporting local, regional and national charities working at the heart of communities across Scotland. 

Charities registered in Scotland can apply to the small and medium grants programmes once every 12 months and to the large grants programme after a one-year gap or a two-year gap depending on whether or not they were successful in their bid.

Applications are currently being accepted to:

  • The Medium Grants Programme which offers grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 for projects that address developing and improving local communities,financial literacy and financial inclusion.

  • The Small Grants Programme which offers grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 for projects that address social inclusion and life-long learning.

The Large Grants programme with grants of between £50,000 and £100,000 is expected to open again in 2017. Details will be provided when the programme opens.

The 2017 deadlines for all applications are:

  • Friday 06 January 2017

  • Friday 07 April 2017

  • Friday 07 July 2017

  • Friday 06 October 2017

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 18 November 2016

31/10/2016

Heritage Lottery Fund - funding for crowdfunders

Created: 27/10/2016

Heritage Lottery Fund has teamed up with Crowdfunder UK to distribute £125,000 of funding to heritage crowdfunding projects in Scotland, the north-west of England and he south-west of England.

They hope this crowdfunding programme will be used to increase grassroots support and raise funds for a range of heritage projects, large and small.  If you have an idea for a project with a strong heritage focus, you could be eligible for up to £10,000 of extra funding.

The Crowdfunder website allows people to turn their ideas into reality by gaining the support of their crowd.  Thousands of people have used Crowdfunder to successfully raise funds from the community around them.

To unlock your share, the first thing you'll need to do is head over to Crowdfunder and start creating your project.

If you think your project fits the bill, they could give you the equivalent of 25% of your funding target, and you'll be well on your way to giving your community the boost it deserves.

To find out more please click here.

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 27 October 2016

14/10/2016

Glenrothes to become a Dementia Friendly Community

Created: 12/10/2016

As part of the drive by Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership to support people living with dementia, Glenrothes is to become the first Dementia Friendly Community in Fife.

This is the vision of a new initiative between Health and Social Care services, Active Fife, Alzheimer Scotland, Fife Forum, Fife Sports and Leisure Trust and Fife Cultural Trust, with support from the local Glenrothes Area Committee.

Within the Glenrothes area, there are an estimated 700 people living with dementia, a disease which doesn’t just impact on the individual but affects the lives of their families, carers and friends.

The work stems from the Fife Dementia Strategy (2010-2020) where the aim is to support local people living with dementia to lead independent lives for as long as possible.

Julie Paterson, Divisional General Manager (Fife-wide), with Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership gives more details: “Our work will begin in Glenrothes town centre and over time it is hoped we can extend to surrounding communities such as Thornton, Markinch, Coaltown of Balgonie and Kinglassie. The Fife Health and Social Care Partnership want to support people living with dementia to participate fully in community life as they have always done, using shops, banks, libraries, parks, cinemas, leisure facilities and restaurants."

Adjustments can often be small and simple to enable people with dementia to remain active citizens. To achieve this we will work closely with people with dementia and their carers. We will be contacting businesses and services and will look at making public open spaces safer for people with dementia. Active Fife has already ensured that their local health walks are dementia friendly and they are now implementing an initiative to improve strength and balance so that they can continue to enjoy walking and other active leisure pursuits. We have a wide network of Dementia Ambassadors and Champions across the Health and Social Care Partnership that will link into this work as it progresses and we hope to encourage people in the community to become ‘Dementia Friends’."

"We are excited to be working in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland and others to progress this initiative and to help us take this work forward a Project manager, Amanda Hunter has been appointed."

From the Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 14 October 2016

07/10/2016

Better Breaks Grant Programme - Applications open

Created: 03/10/2016

Does your organisation work with disabled children and young people and their families?

The Better Breaks grants programme for 2017 is now open for applications. Grants of up to £50,000 over 12 months are available.

Better Breaks is part of the Short Breaks Fund, funded by Scottish Government and administered by Shared Care Scotland. The aim of Better Breaks is to improve the wellbeing of families with a disabled child through making more opportunities available to have a short break. They are particularly keen to support families whose children have disabilities and additional multiple support needs, because these families are likely to need a break the most.

A short break might be:

  • an adventure holiday for a group of disabled young adults

  • holiday or afterschool play-schemes for disabled children

  • a weekly social evening for disabled teenagers to see a film or have a meal

  • family holidays in a group with others who have similar experiences

  • buddy and befriending schemes

  • weekly leisure or sports activities that involve disabled young people


There are lots more examples on their Short Breaks Stories website please click here.

Applications are open to Third sector organisations and community groups. They are also keen to encourage partnership applications between third sector groups and local authorities.

To Apply for this Fund please click here.

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 07 October 2016

07/10/2016

"Celebrate" - Big Lottery Community Fund

Created: 11/07/2016, Updated: 04/10/2016

"Celebrate" is a fund being distributed by The Big Lottery Fund.

The Fund is for events and activities that will “bring people together and celebrate what makes their local community special”. A recent survey found that 63 per cent of people asked reported that they have never or cannot remember ever coming together to celebrate their local neighbourhood.

The Big Lottery Fund has said applicants must be part of a constituted group which has its own bank account. It welcomes applications from voluntary or community organisations, schools and statutory bodies, particularly those who have never considered the Big Lottery Fund as a potential source of funding.

There is £575,000 in total for projects in Scotland, with individual grants from £500 - £5000.

Applications are awarded on a first come, first serve basis. To apply for this fund in Scotland please click here

From Fife Voluntary Action Bulletin 07 October 2016

04/10/2016

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

27/09/2016

Our break in Glasgow

Shirley and I were away for a break in Glasgow. We have started using the Travel Lodge Braehead because it is kind of near our daughter’s house in the Scotstounhill area, so we use it as a base to visit our daughter and granddaughter.
We have also found the hotel more than adequate for our health and mobility requirements though it could be an awful lot better. One of the up sides is you can get a meal there, though it is very basic but it was somewhere we could go for a meal after we had been out and I am just too knackered to go elsewhere for a meal and have to get Shirley’s scooter in and out of the car 4 times.

For more "Click Here"

18/08/2016

Fife Health & Social Care Partnership logo

 

              
News Release logo
1 August 2016
For Immediate Release

Recycle your zimmers, bath aids and walking sticks to help others – new service launches on 8 August
Have you got independent living equipment, such as zimmer frames, walking sticks or bath aids you no longer need?   Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership is calling on you to help others by taking them along to one of Fife Council’s participating Recycling Centres so it can be re-used or re-cycled.

The move comes following a successful pilot in Glenrothes last year, which saw an 8% increase in the overall volume of equipment being returned and returned more quickly – that’s around 6,000 pieces of equipment.

From the 8 August 2016 the service will be available in the following Fife Council Recycling Centres:
• Glenrothes
• Kirkcaldy
• St Andrews
• Pittenweem
• Lochgelly
• Dunfermline
• Dalgety Bay
• Methil

Cllr Andrew Rodger, Chair of Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership underlines the financial and health impact that returning equipment can have for those who need support: 

“Staying safe and independent for as long as possible as we get older is the wish of many.  Equipment such as bath lifts, height adjustable seating, zimmer frames, shower chairs and kitchen trolleys can make a real difference to people’s lives. 
Each year we deliver over 78,000 pieces of equipment to people’s homes but over the years there has been a build of equipment that has never been returned.  At the moment we know there is over 160,000 pieces of assistive equipment sitting in homes across Fife.

We want to encourage as many people as possible to take items, which are no longer needed, to their nearest participating recycling centre or make an appointment for collection so it can be re-used, re-cycled or turned into cash for re-investment.”

To make an appointment for collection:
• call 01592 583252
• e-mail Fces.orders@fife.gov.uk

Further information can be found on Fife Direct by searching Recycling Centre.

End 

Notes to editor
About Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership
• The Partnership is the third biggest in Scotland and has over 5,000 staff
•  It is responsible for a joint budget of over £470 million
•  The Partnership will deliver a range of community based health and social care functions relating to adults, and will oversee the planning, budgeting and delivery of these, together with corresponding service delivery.
• Children’s Community Services provided by NHS Fife e.g. Health Visiting Services are included.

Contact: Connie Flint, Health and Social Care Programme Manager: 01592 583673

NHS Fife Communications Team:  01592 647971

Website: www.fifehealthandsocialcare.org

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11/08/2016

Scottish Health Council Fife

Please find attached our latest news update we have put together on our work and pieces of work happening across fife with potential involvement opportunities for individuals. We hope you find this useful.

We are looking into ways to streamline the news update so you may see some new changes in the near future! If you have any comments on the update or indeed have ideas for further editions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Please feel free to distribute this to anyone you think may find it of interest.

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FINAL OUR VOICE FIFE DOCUMENT

PE Strategy FV Approved 02.06.2016

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If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us by return e-mail or on 01592 200555.

Kind regards
Suzanne

Suzanne Mack
Administrator
Scottish Health Council Fife
Flat 2,
Willow Drive
Kirkcaldy, KY1 2LF
E-mail: suzanne.mack@scottishhealthcouncil.org
Tel:  (01592) 200 555 / 263 982
Fax: (01592) 644 422
Web: www.scottishhealthcouncil.org

25/07/2016

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Self Directed Support

SDS Team Update for SDS

Welcome to the third Self Directed Support (SDS) newsletter.

This month we are highlighting the Community Marketplace event we held at the Rothes Halls in February where we launched a new website called 'On Your Doorstep'. It was designed to provide information about care providers, groups, clubs and activities available in your local area.

We have some excellent examples of the difference self-directed support is making to individuals and families in Fife and have asked some of our service users and families to share their stories about how SDS has helped them.

We also feature an interview with one of our social workers who was one of the first to implement SDS and the journey she has been on. She tells us how she had reservations initially but now thinks it is a big step forward for staff as well as service users.

Although we still have some way to go before SDS is universally understood and adopted the progress made so far is due to service users, carers, social workers and support organisations all working together. The contribution of the SDS reference group has been important in shaping how SDS is being implemented in Fife.

I would encourage everyone to have a look at the 'On Your Doorstep' website at www.onyourdoorstepfife.org and find out if there are groups or organisations, on your doorstep, that you could get involved with.

Julie Paterson

Divisional General Manager (Fife-Wide)

22/07/2016

I thought this FREE event would be of interest to you, your colleagues and services users.   We will be posting out the visitors’ free entry tickets in August and we are more than happy to send you a batch of tickets if you can circulate.  The visitors’ free entry tickets will also be available to download from our website at this time.
Please feel free to circulate this information to all those who may benefit from attending.

22/07/2016

Note from this website editor: When you open the below link to the Edinburgh Trams website to read their news I would like to comment on the Max size specification of the class 2 scooters. My wife Shirley has a small class 2 scooter, at least I thought it was small until I saw Edinburgh Trams maximum specification. My wife scooter is a Pride Apex Rapid with a maximum distance of 5 miles yet it is still 40mm to long and 40mm to much on it`s turning radius to meet Edinburgh Trams maximum specification.

Robert A Hunter

22/07/2016

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

SEStran

lisa.freeman@sestran.gov.uk

0131 524 5159

21/07/2016

Your local pharmacy

Support

Every year, many people visit their GP with health problems which their local pharmacy could help with.
Pharmacists can recognise many common health complaints as well as providing expert advice on using the correct medicines and on healthcare.
Many pharmacies are open in the evenings and at weekends. They deliver a variety of services including emergency contraception, stop smoking support, travel advice, health checks and much more.

Essential and regular medicines
It is important that you don’t run out of essential medicines, remember to check which items you need, especially before holiday periods.  Medicines which you receive on repeat prescription from your GP should not be stockpiled and you should only order what you need.
If you do run out of your regular medicines and can’t obtain a prescription from your GP, your local pharmacy may be able to give you an urgent supply of repeat medication or refer you to your local Out-of-Hours service.  If you receive a prescription from the Out-of-Hours service they will direct you to a community pharmacy to dispense it.

Contact your local pharmacy for more information on their services.  To find your nearest local pharmacy visit www.nhsfife.org or for more information on what other NHS services are available to meet your  healthcare needs visit www.nhsfife.org/knowwhototurnto

08/06/2016

Have your say on community facilities in the Cowdenbeath area

Fife Council is looking for views on community halls and centres across Fife. 

We need to understand the views of local residents so that we can make an informed decision about the facilities we require for the future.  A recent review of the Council’s estate has highlighted that many community buildings are under used, no longer fit for purpose or don’t meet the needs of local people.  There are also buildings which community groups feel they could use more effectively or for a different purpose.

Local councillors have thought about which halls and centres should be core facilities for the delivery of local public services and which ones we need more discussion around.  They are keen to hear your views.

An online consultation is now live at www.fifedirect.org.uk/letstalkchange - just click on “Community Facilities Review” in the “Conversations happening now” box, then select “Let’s Talk Community Facilities – Cowdenbeath Area”

If you use community facilities in Fife which are outside the area in which you live, you might also want to complete one of the other area consultations.

Betsy Wojcik
People's Panel Co-ordinator

Fife Council
Research Team
Fife House (5th floor west)
North Street
Glenrothes
KY7 5LT

Telephone:      01592 583138
Internal calls:  441206

02/05/2016

Find your accessible holiday stay

A recently launched website, accomable.com, helps you find accessible holiday accommodation around the world - and lets you filter properties to choose, for example, those with step-free access or a roll-in shower.

The website`s co-founders, Srin Madipalli and Martyn Sibley, met as children through a support group for children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), something they both have in common. They are working with tourist boards in the UK and abroad to list all kinds of accessible properties in one place and provide detailed access information about the property, the locality and amenities available. https://accomable.com/

from Lifestyle May 2016 Issue 91

25/04/2016

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"

14/04/2016

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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15/03/2016

Information on BLUE BADGES

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

http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2007/03/28155511/1

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

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15/05/2015

Carers rights bill published in March 2015

A new Carers Bill, that enshrines carers' rights in law for the first time in Scotland has been published. The Bill will entitle every adult carer in Scotland to their own support plan, with young carers receiving a similar young carer statement. These measures will set out the needs of each carer, and the help and support they are entitled to. Carers will have a right to receive certain support from their local authority if their needs meet local eligibility criteria. The local authority will also consider whether the support should take the form of, or include, a short break. To read more on short breaks for carers in Fife click here.

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15/05/2015

Patient opinions heard

Patient Opinion is an independent, not for profit social enterprise whose website allows patients to share their experiences, both positive and negative, of health services. Health boards are then able to respond and use this feedback to make changes to improve services. Health boards will receive a share of up to £180,000 from the Scottish Government each year, until at least 2017, to continue using the website to the best effect.

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15/05/2015

Communicating Integration: national toolkit available

Anyone involved in the implementation of health and social care integration can use the resources in this toolkit to support effective engagement and communications. It contains information and links to support and guide communications around health and social care integration at a national and local level. It also provides practical information on the aims and anticipated benefits of health and social care integration which can be used to target different audience groups. For enquiries specific to Integration in Fife, contact Connie.flint@fife.gov.uk 

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15/05/2015

The role of the third sector in Health and Social Care Integration

The 'role of the third sector' advice note, recently published by the Scottish Government highlights the key role of the third sector as advocates in relation to integration activities.

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15/05/2015

Scottish Government 'core suit of indicators' for Health and Social Care Integration

The Scottish Government have launched the 'core suite of indicators' that will be used to measure health and wellbeing outcomes within health and social care.  
The health and social care Alliance have launched a briefing paper on these indicators. To read the Alliance brief click here or to read the Scottish Governments 'core suit of indicators' click here.

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19/04/2015

A quick guide: What the Minor Injuries Service can and can’t treat:

Minor Injuries Service

CAN treat the following:

✔Arm, wrist and hand injuries
✔Knee, ankle and foot injuries
✔Back, shoulder and rib injuries
✔Head and neck injuries in people who are fully conscious
✔Cuts and wounds which may need dressing and stitches
✔Minor burns and scalds
✔Eye injuries

Minor Injuries Services

CAN’T treat the following:

✘Breathing problems
✘Chest pain
✘Drug overdose
✘Severe allergic reaction
✘Illnesses which a GP would normally treat
✘Gynaecological or Pregnancy problems
✘Alcohol and drug related problems
✘Mental Health problems

More information

There are leaflets available about the Minor Injuries service which can be found at your local GP, pharmacy and libraries. Alternatively, you can find the leaflet on the NHS Fife Website – www.nhsfife.org/knowwhototurnto

For more information on what services are available to help you when you are ill or injured and to find your nearest service please visit the NHS Fife Website on www.nhsfife.org/knowwhototurnto

If you would like a copy of the leaflet in an alternative format or community language please call 01383 565142 or email EqualityandHumanRights@nhs.net

A quick guide:
What the Minor Injuries Service can and can’t treat:
Anyone who attends the Minor Injuries service who can’t be treated will be advised of the best alternative service to use.

Remember A&E and calling 999 should only be used for serious illnesses and injuries so that essential treatment is given as quickly as possible to those who need it mos

The above is from the FifeLife digital edition Spring 2015
http://www.fifedirect.org.uk/news/index.cfm#fifelifeSection

19/04/2015

Know who to turn to when you are injured

What is a Minor Injuries Service?

We’ve all had our fair share of bumps, bruises and grazes but what  can you do when self care isn’t enough?

The Minor Injuries Service can help you deal with less serious injuries that you may have thought required a trip to Accident and Emergency (A&E).

There are four Minor Injuries units across Fife - at Victoria Hospital,
Kirkcaldy; Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline; St Andrews Community Hospital, St Andrews; and Adamson Hospital, Cupar.

The vast majority of those who attend the Minor Injuries service will need help with common injuries, suspected broken bones and wounds.

You can attend a Minor Injuries service with injuries to ligaments, tendons and muscles which include things like a sprained or twisted ankle and a suspected broken bone. In addition, bites and stings, minor burns and scalds and cuts and wounds that require stitching and dressing can also be treated.

You can find a list of what can and can’t be treated on the next page.
Minor Injuries services are staffed by Emergency Nurse Practitioners (ENPs) who are highly skilled.

Christine Harley has been an ENP for 14 years and works at the Minor Injuries units at Queen Margaret Hospital and Victoria Hospital.

She said: “We are able to deal with many injuries that are not serious or life-threatening but requiring medical help. We are able to assess a person’s injuries, providing the care and treatment each patient requires.

“For example, patients who present with a possible fracture - broken bone - can be helped. The patient may not even realise it’s broken until they come to us but we can provide the care and treatment required for a simple fracture.

“We can also refer patients to a specialist for treatment when necessary.

“Attending the Minor Injuries service instead of A&E means you will get the care and treatment you require and will often be seen quicker, especially at busy periods such as evenings and weekends.

“If you attend and we are unable to help you, we will advise you of the best alternative service for your needs.”

Where are the Minor Injuries services?

A & E Victoria Hospital entrance

Victoria Hospital
Hayfield Road
Kirkcaldy
KY2 5AH

Located within A&E at Victoria Hospital, walk in service operates 24/7

Queen Margaret
Hospital Whitefield Road
Dunfermline
KY12 0SU

Minor Injuries Unit, walk in service operates 24/77

A walk in service St Andrews Community Hospital entrance

A walk in service Adamson Hospital  entrance

St Andrews Community Hospital
Largo Road
St Andrews, KY16 8AR

A walk in service operating Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm. Outwith these times and on public holidays call NHS
24 on 111

Adamson Hospital
Bank Street
Cupar, KY15 4JG

A walk in service operating Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm. Outwith these times and on public holidays call
NHS 24 on 111.

The above is from the FifeLife digital edition Spring 2015
http://www.fifedirect.org.uk/news/index.cfm#fifelifeSection

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