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Carers Strategy for Fife 2018-2021 – check out the improvements to support carers in Fife

The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 came into effect on 1 April 2018.  The Act places new duties to identify and support carers.

The duties include:

  • offering an Adult Carers Support Plan or Young Carers Statement;
  • supporting carers of people who are being discharged from hospital to become involved in pre-discharge decisions, and
  • provide universal information, advice, guidance and advocacy support to carers.

Fife’s Health and Social Care partnership has consulted with carers and developed and published a Carers Strategy for Fife 2018 – 2021.  It demonstrates the commitments we will make in Fife to improve support for carers as well as helping carers to become more self-sufficient in helping themselves.

For more information about the improvements being made to support Fife’s carers, contact Scott Fissenden by e-mailing CarersActSurvey@fife.gov.uk.

Joining Up Care consultation is now closed

Thanks to everyone who completed the questionnaire and for their interest in the consultation.

Over the next few weeks all the responses received and feedback from the consultation workshops will be brought together in a report. This will be externally validated by the Research Team, Fife Council and colleagues from the Information Services Division, National Services Division.

This report will be submitted to the Health and Social Care Partnership Board on 20 December 2018.

 

Health and safety training success for CLEAR Buckhaven

CLEAR Buckhaven is the latest local charity to benefit from health and safety training.

It has been a team effort with the charity working with Health and Social Care Partnership’s Health Promotion Service and Fife Council’s Environmental Health, Food and Workplace Safety Team to deliver training which improves knowledge on health and safety and wellbeing issues in the workplace. Course trainer Peter Ager commented, “Health and safety legislation requires workplaces to have access to health and safety advice irrespective of size and the main aim of this training is to help workplaces have better knowledge. There are many small organisations with limited resources but still need a greater understanding of health and safety matters and how to apply these in the workplace”.

Councillor David Graham, Spokesperson for Health and Social Care Partnership was on hand to congratulate and present the staff with their Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) Elementary Health & Safety certificate.

“Research has shown that ‘good work is good for you’ and the health and safety environment is a key component in addressing health inequalities in the workplace. I am pleased that the company also recognises the value this brings by encouraging and training their staff on health and safety matters and helping to strengthen safety knowledge and awareness in the workplace.”

Do you need advice on health, safety and wellbeing for your organisation? If you do please visit us at http://www.healthyfife.net/workplace-team-health-promotion-service.

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Connecting Fife communities through food – can you make a difference?

Meal Makers is a local food-sharing project connecting volunteers who have a passion for cooking, with neighbours, many of who are older, and who would appreciate a home-cooked meal.

Volunteers are connected to members of their community by using an online platform – once the cook (volunteer) and the diner (neighbour) are matched, the cook prepares an extra meal in their own home and delivers it to the diner. Meal shares can be weekly, fortnightly or just now and again – whatever works for the cook and diner.

John Caffrey tells us what he thinks of this initiative, “Maureen makes some really delicious dishes, but it isn’t just about the food, it’s about friendship too. It doesn’t sound like much, but it is something I look forward to each week. It’s strange that to think a year ago we didn’t know each other, yet now we’re good neighbours”.

John Caffrey and Maureen Frediani

John tucking into his dinner cooked by neighbour Maureen Frediani

This initiative is being rolled out in Fife and if you have the time and would like to be involved please get in touch.

Do you know of someone who would benefit from a home-cooked meal and would like to be involved?

Could you manage to cook an extra portion? Sign up today by:

  • Registering at website: https://www.mealmakers.org.uk/Account/Register
  • Phoning: 0800 783 7770