Fife Women and Inclusion in Politics

Continuation of Centenary of Women’s Vote Celebration in Fife  

Fife Centre for Equalities (FCE) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded £5000 by the Scottish Government Vote Centenary Grant Scheme to run a nine-month programme, ‘Fife Women and Inclusion in Politics’, to tackle the under-representation of disabled, minority ethnic or transgender women as voters, political activists and representatives in Fife.

FCE invites women from all political groups to help us to make our political systems more inclusive of disabled, minority ethnic or transgender women.

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Scottish Government Position on EU Citizen rights

Scottish Goverment Position on EU citizens’ rights

The link above is a PDF leaflet providing information on the Scottish Government’s position on EU citizens’ rights with links to further information and advice for those affected by Brexit.  The text is also accessible below  – note you can translate using the tool in the top right corner of the screen.

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Equality Pathfinder Bronze Award: Active Schools, Fife Council

 

Equality Pathfinder Bronze Award: Active Schools, Fife Council
Active Fife (Active Schools, Fife Council) has recently become a member of the Equality Pathfinders recognition scheme. The scheme recognises and showcases the efforts made by private, public and third sector organisations in furthering equality, diversity and inclusion within their day-to-day running and practices.
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Active Schools, Fife Council Team – January 2018

EU Citizens in Scotland: Scottish Government and Fife Council event

Are you an EU citizen living or working in Scotland?

The Scottish Government and Fife Council would like to invite you to an event hosted by Scottish Government Ministers and the Co-Leaders of Fife Council, to hear your experiences and concerns about the impact of Brexit on the rights of EU citizens in Scotland.

Scotland is an outward facing and diverse country, with a long history of welcoming the world to visit, live, work and invest in Scotland, and to build their lives here with their families. EU citizens and their families make a vital contribution to our economy, culture, communities and society.

We recognise that that this is a difficult time for many EU citizens living in Scotland who may be concerned about their future rights and status. The Scottish Government and Fife Council want to hear more about the experiences and concerns of EU citizens since the EU Referendum, and how this is impacting on their lives.

What can I expect from the event?

This will be a participatory event, giving people the opportunity to speak directly to the Co-Leaders of Fife Council, to the Minister for International Development and Europe, and to officials, and to share your experiences and concerns about the impact of Brexit on your right to live, work, study or retire in Scotland.

You will also have the opportunity to hear more about the Scottish Government’s policy approach to immigration and the free movement of EU citizens following Brexit, and how Fife Council is supporting EU Citizens and looking at the economic impact of Brexit.

Please note that while we look forward to hearing your experiences and perspectives, unfortunately we cannot provide legal advice on individual situations.

To book at place, please use the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eu-citizens-in-scotland-scottish-government-and-fife-council-event-tickets-40186330396

FAQs

Do I have to be an EU citizen to attend?

The event is aimed at EU citizens and their families living in Scotland. However the event is also open to anyone who feels affected by these issues.

Do I need to register?

Yes, please book your place via Eventbrite by 8th December as places are limited.

What are my transport options for getting to and from the event?

The venue is a five minute walk from Kirkcaldy train station and bus station. Please click the map above and then the hyperlink “view on Google Maps” for directions.

Will refreshments be provided?

Yes, tea and coffee will be available from 6:45pm.

Will I need my ticket?

Yes, please bring your printed ticket to speed up entry. However, we will also have a list of people who have booked a ticket so don’t worry if you forget it.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact Hannah.Kelly@gov.scot with any questions about the event.

Police Scotland’s Community Reassurance Message

Message from Shaheen Baber, Chief Inspector

POLICE SCOTLAND – MESSAGE TO COMMUNITIES – 16TH SEPTEMBER 2017

Police Scotland stands with our colleagues and communities in London following the incident on Friday 15th September 2017. Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected and we will continue to provide assistance to the Metropolitan Police Service as required.

 

Following the incident, the UK threat level has been raised to critical (an attack is expected imminently). There is no specific information however to suggest an increase risk to Scotland and we ask the public to go about their business as normal, remaining alert but not alarmed.

 

In response to the raised threat level, Police Scotland has increased operations to protect the people of Scotland, businesses and public places. This includes increasing the number of armed officers on patrol, across the country.

 

Communities should not be alarmed by the presence of these armed officers as the measures are being taken to allow the public to go about their daily lives as normal.

 

Police Scotland will be reviewing all significant events taking place over the next few days and may increase the security footprint if deemed appropriate. Communities should be assured that Police Scotland, along with its partners, has well-rehearsed plans to respond to any major incident.

 

Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins said: “Terrorists want to create discord, distrust and fear. The police stand together with all communities in the UK and we will take action against any criminal behaviour, which seeks to undermine society, especially where crimes are motivated by hate. Communities defeat terrorism, which is why we must maintain the strong relationship we have between the public and the police.”

 

Whilst such events are clearly upsetting, we 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 individuals or groups and we continue to work with all of our partners to resolve issues and address concerns.

 

Should anyone become a victim of, or witness to, any hate crime, they should contact the police and report the incident. Visit the Police Scotland internet site for more information: www.scotland.police.uk and click on the ‘Report Hate Crime’ link.

KEEP SAFE ADVICE

While there is no specific information to suggest an increase risk to Scotland, we will take this opportunity to remind you of the following safety advice:

PUBLIC VIGILANCE

 

  • Remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police by telephoning 101, or in an emergency always dial 999. The confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline can also be contacted by telephoning 0800 789321.

 

  • Look out for and report any suspicious activity. Suspicious activity is anything that seems out of place, unusual or just doesn’t seem to fit in with day-to-day life. It may be nothing, but if you see or hear anything that could be terrorist related trust your instincts and call us.

All information passed to the police through the Anti-Terrorist Hotline is treated in the strictest of confidence. It is thoroughly analysed and researched by experienced officers before, and if, any police action is taken.

 

For further information about keeping safe, visit the Police Scotland internet site: www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe.

(Click here  to download the original letter to communities by CI Shaheen Baber).

We here at Fife Centre for Equalities would also like to make a statement about the horrific events that took place in London:

We are all deeply saddened by the attack that took place in Parsons Green’s, London on Friday 15th September 2017. 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.”

What’s New in Adult Protection

WHAT’S NEW IN ADULT PROTECTION?
Fife Adult Protection June Newsletter and Information 

  • What did you tell us?

From September 2016 – January 2017 the Adult Support & 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.

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