It’s Adult Protection Day

If you think an adult is being harmed, get it checked out.  It’s right to act on your instinct.

Today we’re raising awareness of how some adults are harmed or abused and to encourage people to act on their gut feeling and say something when they see things that point to that happening to someone they know or come across. Harm and abuse can take many forms; physical, psychological, financial, sexual harm, neglect and self-harm but there are usually signs and clues that indicate something out of the ordinary might be happening.

We all have a responsibility to look out for people in our communities.

The message is simple – if you think an adult is at risk of harm or something feels wrong, you’re right to get it checked out. If you’ve seen something, say something.

For more information, visit fife.gov.uk/adultprotection.  You can also follow on Twitter at #AdultProtection #SeenSomethingSaySomething.

The latest edition of the Adult Protection newsletter is also available here.

New bus big success

Local lad Gerry King popped along to meet with Fife Council’s Safer Transport Team and to check out their new bus.

Gerry was diagnosed with early onset dementia a few years ago and has been actively helping the Partnership’s Ruth McCabe promote awareness of dementia in Fife and look for ways to improve environments so those living with dementia can live well with the condition.

The new bus got the thumbs up from Gerry.

Two local organisations pick up COSLA Excellence awards

Congratulations to Small Sparks and SAM’s Café who each picked up a bronze award in the Local Matters category of this year’s COSLA Excellence awards. Both organisations have supported the people of Fife in various ways and it is excellent that they are recognised for their contribution.

Small Sparks is helping to bring individuals and communities together by providing a small grant to make new connections and a difference in their local communities – projects range from community gardening projects to craft and support groups, all helping to reduce isolation.

SAM’s Café is providing out of hours mental health support. Peer support workers who have a lived experience of mental health problems, are supporting others and providing hope in a safe and comfortable space.

A great achievement, well done.

 

Carers – new digital resource available

For many carers the practical help they want is to be pointed in the right direction so that can help themselves. This carers week we are delighted to announce that we have added a new partnership with Carers UK to our wide ranging network of support in Fife.  Carers UK offer a digital resource for carers that allows them to access online help and a truly comprehensive support resource.  It complements the information on the new the Health and Social Care carer website. www.fifehealthandsocialcare.org/carers/.

The carers digital resources includes an up-to-date set of resources to help carers including information and access to online training and support. It also offers carers the opportunity to create their own personal ‘circle of care’ around the person they care for through free access to ‘Jointly’.  This innovative resource helps carers share their caring and keeps everyone involved up to date and in the loop.  Accessible on a computer or while you are on the go through a smartphone, jointly can help bring peace of mind and give confidence that everyone is up-to-date with the latest caring situation.

Fife’s Health and Social Care partnership has partnered with Carers UK to provide access to all carers in Fife, free of charge as one of our universal offers of support. Look out for more information about our other partnerships in the coming few days as we continue to celebrate Carers Week.

It’s Dementia Friendly Awareness week

This week is Dementia Friendly Awareness Week.

Throughout this week we will be sharing stories from those living with the illness, carers and volunteers and local organisations about where to go for more advice and support. Visit our Facebook page @FifeHSCP.

One in three of us will be impacted with dementia and we can all do our bit to make sure the Kingdom is dementia friendly.

 

Do you agree with the health and social care priorities in Fife?

Priority 2 – Promoting health and well being

Mental health is a key area across all communities in Fife and like the rest of the UK, demand for these services is increasing. We want to ensure that Fifers get the right help at the right time to help with recovery free from discrimination and stigma.

Do you agree?

Let us know what you think.

How to get involved:

These are available in different formats – call 01592 583136 if this is required.

Your views are important, please get involved.

Living with a hearing loss? Find out how we can help

If you, or someone you know is living with a hearing loss, pop along to one of our drop in sessions and find out information and advice on the services available in Fife and how we can help.

Date Time Venue
Tuesday 2 April 2019 10am-12noon Kirkcaldy Galleries Library
Tuesday 7 May 2019 10am-12noon Rosyth Library
Tuesday 4 June 2019 10am-12noon Rothes Hall Library
Tuesday 2 July 2019 10am-12noon Valleyfield Library
Tuesday 6 August 2019 10am-12noon Cupar Library
Tuesday 3 September 2019 10am-12noon Oakley Library
Tuesday 1 October 2019 10am-12noon Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries
Tuesday 5 November 2019 2pm-4pm Cowdenbeath Library
Tuesday 3 December 2019 10am-12noon St Andrews Community Hospital