Fife Centre for Equalities

Building a collective voice to champion equality, diversity, inclusion and social justice.


BREXIT Questionnaire

To coincide with our Brexit focus groups this week, we have launched a short online questionnaire so that we can get an insight into how Brexit is going to affect not only you but your friends, family etc. This is perfect for you if you are unable to attend one of our sessions this week!

We still have two sessions that you can pop in for this week:

Wednesday 21st June, 6:30-8:30pm

Parkgate Community Centre , Parkgate, Rosyth, KY11 2JW.

Thursday 22nd June 6pm-8pm

County Buildings , St Catherine Street, Cupar, KY15 4TA.

 

To book, or for more information, contact Pat by Email: pat@centreforequalities.org.uk Tel: 01592 645 310.

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Police Scotland’s Message to Communities

Message from Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson

Following the incident of Monday 19 June 2017 in Finsbury Park, London, I assure you that Police Scotland remains united with all communities. Obviously this comes soon after the attacks in London and Manchester as well as other attacks abroad. Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected.

 

While we understand that the public will clearly be appalled by these events, I would urge each and every member of our communities to remain united against extremism and hate.

 

Police Scotland will not tolerate any attempts to target any community by any misguided individual or group and will work with all of our partners to resolve any issues and address concerns. Should anyone become a victim of, or witness to, hate crime, they should contact the police and report the incident.

 

Please be assured that Police Scotland continues to work with partners at home and abroad to counter the threat from terrorism and ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our communities.

 

Please be vigilant and if you suspect something is wrong then report it to the police. If you have any concerns or information about suspicious activity please contact the Police on 101, the UK Anti-Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or in an emergency dial 999.

 

Police Scotland continues to dynamically review all safety and security plans and operations. An element of this includes ensuring our armed policing and specialist resources are appropriately deployed.

 

The UK threat level remains at Severe. We have no specific information that Scotland is at risk of attack and I would ask you to go about your business as normal, remaining alert but not alarmed. The UK Government has produced guidance which can be accessed via the following links: ‘Places of Worship Guidance’ ‘Crowded Places Booklet’. These provide sensible precautionary advice and can be distributed throughout your communities.

Thank you for your continued support in keeping our communities safe.

Nelson Telfer

Assistant Chief Constable

(Click here to down the original letter to communities by ACC Nelson Telfer).

We here at Fife Centre for Equalities would also like to make a statement about the horrific events Finsbury Park, London:

 

We are all deeply saddened by the attack that took place in Monday 19 June 2017 in Finsbury Park, London. We also want to promote a message of unity across all communities in the wake of these distressing events.  We support Police Scotland by asking you to remain calm and untied against extremism and hate.  If you need to speak to someone, please feel free to contact us at FCE.”


Police Scotland’s Message to Communities

Police Scotland have released a statement in response to the terrorist attacks that gripped London this weekend:

“POLICE SCOTLAND – MESSAGE TO COMMUNITIES”

Message from Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson

Police Scotland stands with our colleagues and the communities of London following the terrorist attack on Saturday 3 June 2017. This comes soon after the attack in Manchester, and other recent attacks abroad. Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by these events. We will provide any assistance necessary to the Metropolitan Police Service.

While we understand that the public will clearly be appalled by these events, I would urge each and every member of our communities to remain united against extremism and hate.

Police Scotland will not tolerate any attempts to target any community by any misguided individual or group and will work with all of our partners to resolve any issues and address any concerns. Should anyone become a victim of, or witness to, any hate crime, they should contact the police and report the incident.

Please be assured that Police Scotland continues to work with partners at home and abroad to counter the threat from terrorism and ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our communities.

Please be vigilant and if you suspect something is wrong then report it to the police. If you have any concerns or information about suspicious activity please contact the Police on 101, the UK Anti-Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or in an emergency dial 999.

Police Scotland continues to dynamically review all safety and security plans and operations. An element of this includes ensuring our armed policing and specialist resources are appropriately deployed.

The UK threat level remains at Severe. We have no specific information that Scotland is at risk of attack and I would ask you to go about your business as normal, remaining alert but not alarmed.

Thank you for your continued support in keeping our communities safe.

Steve Johnson

Assistant Chief Constable

We here at Fife Centre for Equalities would also like to make a statement about the horrific events that unfolded on Saturday:

We are all deeply saddened by the attack that took place in London on Saturday 03 June 2017.  Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by the attack.  The images and survivors’ accounts shared by the media are disturbing and horrifying.  We understand that many of us are distressed by what happened.  We support Police Scotland by asking you to remain calm and untied against extremism and hate.  If you need to speak to someone, please feel free to contact us at FCE.”


Guidance for Voters: UK General Election 2017 – Easy Read / ENABLE

Enable Scotland in conjunction with the Electoral Commission have produced an easy read factsheet in respect of the UK General Election. The link to the factsheet is https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/226649/ENABLE-and-Electoral-Commission-Easy-Read-voting-guide.pdf

Below is an extract of the 4- step guide:

  1. Check if your name is on the list of people who can vote.
  2. Decide how you want to vote.
    There are 3 ways you can vote:
    • Go to a voting place to vote
    • Send your vote in a letter
    • Ask someone else to vote for you
  3. Decide who you want to vote for.
  4. Vote!

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Diversity Week 2017: Sustainable Inclusion

Diversity Week is under way! Our theme for 2017 is Sustainable Inclusion and will kick off with our AGM and seminar on Monday 4 September, followed by a range of events across Fife’s localities and concluding with the Diversity Gala on Sunday 10 September.

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Diversity Week 2017: planning the ‘Sustainable Inclusion’ theme


We will publish the Diversity Week 2017 programme with more details on the full range of events and locations as they get confirmed. Meanwhile, save the dates below for your diary:

Monday 4 September (am)
Fife Centre for Equalities AGM & Diversity Week Launch
https://fce2017agm.eventbrite.co.uk

Monday 4 September (pm)
Diversity Week Seminar: Sustainable Inclusion
https://diversityweek2017seminar.eventbrite.co.uk

Sunday 10 September (pm)
Diversity Week Gala @ Festival of Dunfermline: 
https://diversityweek2017gala.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Get Involved

If you would like to learn more about the theme, organise events or are able to help us in any way during the week, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Further Information

About Diversity Week Fife:

https://centreforequalities.org.uk/diversity-week-fife/

Event Hashtags
#diversityweekfife #dw2017

 


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Fife Centre for Equalities Strategic Plan 2017-2020 Consultation

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Fife Centre for Equalities is pleased to share with you our first Strategic Plan 2017-2020.  Many of you have been with us since the start of our journey as a project of Fife Voluntary Action and now as an independent organisation.

To help us continue to grow, we would welcome your views about our plan.  We are particular keen to receive your responses to the following four questions:

  1. Does FCE have the right strategic outcomes?  What other outcomes would you suggest?
  2. Has FCE included the right activities?  What other activities would you suggest?
  3. In what way we could work together that will be beneficial to you or your organisation? 
  4. Most importantly, how can we collectively engage all people and organisations in advancing inclusive equality in Fife?

Please share your responses with us before Monday 15 May 2017.  You can submit your responses online on Surveymonkey here.  Do not hesitate to contact us if you require any assistance to participate in this consultation.

If you require an alternate format of our plan or want to have a general chat about the work of FCE, please feel free to contact me.

We are currently actively seeking new trustees to join our Board.  If you have a good understanding of governance and strong commitment to equality, diversity, inclusion, and social justice, please do get in touch.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind regards
Nina

Nina Munday
Manager
Fife Centre for Equalities


Guidance for Voters: Fife Council Elections 2017

Fife Council has prepared guidance for voters in the 2017 Local Government Elections. These are outlined below in English (click this link for a PDF):

  1. Vote on the ballot paper by numbering the candidates in order of your choice. Put the number 1 in the box next to the name of the candidate who is your first choice, then put 2 in the box next to the name of the candidate who is your second choice, 3 in the box next to your third choice, and so on. You can make as many or as few choices as you wish.
  2. Do not mark the ballot paper in any other way or you votes may not count.
  3. If you make a mistake, take the ballot paper to the polling staff and ask for another one.
  4. When you have marked your choice, show the back of the ballot paper to the polling staff, so that they can confirm that the ballot paper has the number and official mark, but do not let anyone see how you have voted.
  5. Put the ballot paper in the ballot box and leave the polling station.
  6. If by mistake you spoil your ballot paper, show it to the presiding officer and ask for another one.

This guidance is also available in multiple languages:

Guidance for Voters – Arabic

Guidance for Voters – Chinese

Guidance for Voters – Gaelic

Guidance for Voters – Polish

Guidance for Voters – Punjabi

Guidance for Voters – Urdu