Winter: the Coldest Season

This project from Mike Delaitre – a local singer/songwriter, musician and video story-maker will be a short film which will explore through interviews with individuals and families, who have come to live in Fife from different countries and cultures, a series of questions and answers on experiences of the winter months. Find out a bit more about the project in the video below:

To get involved contact Mike with the details below:

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NHS Fife National Aids / HIV Awareness Day

NHS Fife took part in the National Aids and HIV Awareness Day last month! In a show of support many of the staff, patients and members of the public wore something red, or wore a red ribbon.

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Over 1000 ribbons were given out at Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Hospital and Queen Margaret Hospital, with 98% of people saying it was important to eliminate stigma and discrimination.

You can find the full report here – NHS Equality – Aids Awareness Day 2017!

Fife Universal Credit Roll Out

The Full Service Universal Credit (UC) started in Fife on 6th December and is a large scale change to the welfare system that aims to make claims simpler, and encourage more people into work, by replacing some benefits with a single monthly payment.

UC was limited to new claims from single people, but is now applicable to all new customers, including couples and lone parents. Fife Council  have opposed UC being rolled out over the festive season, due to the 6 week delay.

If you experience any difficulty, due to Universal Credit, please see the Fife Council Universal Credit Information Page for further information or contact:


Lyndsey Maricic, Policy Officer 

Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 61 38 Contact Lyndsey Maricic online
By Post: Fife Council Brunton House High Street Cowdenbeath Fife KY4 9QU

Useful links:

If you woud like to share with us your experiences, please do not hesitate to contact us by the form below:

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.

BREXIT: Fife Consultation Summary Report September 2017

Executive Summary

The following report outlines the process and findings Fife Centre for Equalities took to collect concerns that Brexit may have on communities on behalf of Fife Council.

It was agreed we would seek the opinions of 60 residents of Fife through who were concerned or wishing to share their views about Brexit. The conversations began in June 2017 and were themed around:

  • Education
  • Employment/business
  • Welfare/Benefits
  • Right to remain
  • Hate crime
  • Any other concerns

This summary report contains an overview of the detailed consultation data provided and identification of key themes and concerns. We identified the concerns below to be recurring and shared across interviewees:

  • Education: the lessening of educational and career outcomes and opportunities for future generations.
  • Economy: the negative impacts of losing low-paid EU workers staff and the European financial assistance to farming communities.
  • Welfare: No direct links were drawn between Brexit and financial risk, those were instead associated with the wider Welfare Reform agenda that is seen to impact both UK as well as EU nationals.
  • Hate crime / Hate incidents: concerns about hate / racist speech content becoming more prevalent (i.e. everyday conversations, as well as media/news stories), mainly as islamophobia rather than anti-EU / Brexit related; but otherwise no changes in perception in hate crimes

See below the full report – or click here to download a PDF.

Continue reading “BREXIT: Fife Consultation Summary Report September 2017”

Diversity Week 2017: Open Data Workshop Evaluation Report

Diversity Week 2017: Open Data Workshop Evaluation Report

The Diversity Week Open Data Workshop was an information and dissemination workshop covering a range of topics (Click here for a PDF of this report):

  • Open Government Pioneers project in Scotland
  • Open Government Network local and informal meetups
  • Open Gov principles
  • Open Gov in practice: Participatory Budgeting
  • Development of a 3rd sector Open Data pilot

The core aim of the workshop was to explore how transparency in public equality data can be used for improving services and also for fostering a culture of social entrepreneurship.

Key points

  • Link up with the Scotland-wide OGP
  • Proposal for topic in FCE Equality Research conference 2018
  • Follow-up commitment for a 3rd sector / social innovation group to meet quarterly

Impact

  • Contribution to Strategic Outcome 2: Individuals and groups feel better connected and are able to contribute to public policy and the planning and delivery of local services.
  • Contribution to Strategic Outcome 3: Groups, whether already established or just getting started, have the tools they need to engage with their local community in a positive and inclusive way.
  • Contribution to Strategic Outcome 4: Third, public and private sector organisations demonstrate best practice in equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Contribution to Strategic Outcome 5: FCE is recognised as a centre of excellence for championing equality, diversity and social justice.

 

Programme

13:00 Introductions

13:10 Presentation 1: Open Government Pioneers (SCVO / Scottish Government)

13:40 Participatory Budgeting in Leslie: (Fife Council)

14:10 Presentation 2: Open Gov in Civil Society (FCE)

14:30 Next steps: Piloting a Fife OpenGov group?

15:00 Close

Key Discussion points

Open Government Pioneers (SCVO/SG)

Presentation and overview of:

  • Scotland’s pilot status as Pioneer Tier of the Open Government Partnership.
  • Scotland’s National Action Plan commitments: Financial Transparency; Measure Scotland’s progress; Deliver a Fairer Scotland; Participatory Budgeting, and; Increasing Participation.

Videos:

5 Years of OGP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab_oi-NJGJo

Participatory budgeting (PB) (Fife Council CLD)

  • PB is used as a tool for community engagement, linked to the objectives of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 to increase participation in decision making.
  • Participatory Budgeting in Fife has been running in different forms since 2010 (see attached document), with the PB in Leslie project being the most recent. Results of the exercise as well as a report about the process will be published by Fife Council CLD after the end of September 2017.
  • Other discussions points included the community learning element (i.e. capacity of various communities to evaluate and decide for the wider benefits) as well as participation (i.e. how to engage the most disengaged communities in the decision making, instead of defaulting to ‘who turns up at the vote’)

Open Gov in Civil Society / Open Data for Equality (FCE)

The discussion covered:

  • The Open Gov and Open Data initiatives as part of a wider transparency movement (including Freedom of Information / Freedom of Speech / Freedom of Association)
  • The issues in linking the Scotland wide OGP partnership and network and making this relevant to communities in Fife
  • How and why create open data to be used at a local level

Presentation available online at:
https://www.slideshare.net/secret/fJQl3fiYpyR2H

Next steps:

  • FCE will pilot a localised report based on EHRC’s new Equality Measurement Framework using an open platform
  • Agreed to pursue future discussions with third sector data interested parties (FVA, FCE, SCVO, St Andrews university TRSF) on developing resources and sharing learning in implementation

Participants and evaluation

7 people attended this workshop representing the following organisations.

  • Fife Council CLD
  • Fife Voluntary Action
  • Fife Centre for Equalities
  • Beside the Norm Podcast
  • People First

The participants found the event “interesting” in majority, followed by “informative” and with discussions being “good”. The main outcome was to create a platform for more people to get involved in developing an open government movement that works for voluntary, third sector and civil society groups.

Comments / quotes:

“Was good to have a small group to be able to discuss a bit more what is relevant to us”

“I liked finding out what it’s actually is about. Big words like Participatory Budgeting and Open Government just put me off. I got a better idea now what people are trying to do with PB etc”

“Had no idea there was all these groups across Scotland”

Keywords

#opengov #opendata #participatorybudgeting  #eqdata

Further Information

More information about Inclusive Communication or other equality, diversity or inclusion matters, please contact Fife Centre for Equalities by email info@centreforequalities.org.uk or telephone 01592 645 310.

Diversity Week 2017: Participation in Planning Report

The Diversity Week Planning in Action workshop was an interactive session run in NE Fife with the following aims:

  • Widening understanding of equality and human rights approaches and how to those approaches to effect change
  • Removing barriers to participation across (such as in planning, policy making, EHR initiatives, democratic representation etc)
  • Creating an opportunity for participants to make direct connection to local and relevant equality projects and/or initiatives

Key points

  • Group learning exercise for practitioners and local community members in using the Place Standard in an interactive session
  • 8 Signups to the Equalities Participation Network

You can also download a PDF of this report by clicking here .

Impact (FCE)

  • Contribution to Strategic Outcome 2: Individuals and groups feel better connected and are able to contribute to public policy and the planning and delivery of local services.
  • Contribution to Strategic Outcome 3: Groups, whether already established or just getting started, have the tools they need to engage with their local community in a positive and inclusive way.
  • Contribution to Strategic Outcome 5: FCE is recognised as a centre of excellence for championing equality, diversity and social justice.

Programme

1200 Lunch / Welcome

1230 Introductions

Need not number: Using Equality and Human Rights

1245  Activity 1: Table Discussions – Place Standard: How good is NE Fife?

1334  Guest talk by MSYP

1400  Comfort Break

1415  Group Feedback

1430  Next Steps: Planning for Action

EPN – Get Involved! 

Groupwork format

The session was introduced by Sheena Watson, NE Fife CLD Team Leader, led by Elric Honore, FCE and table discussions led by NE Fife CLD team.

The Place Standard questions were grouped under the following headings in order to run the event with 5 tables lead by a facilitator leading the themed conversations with the specific task of identifying.

TABLE 1: TRAVEL

Moving around: Can I easily walk and cycle around using good-quality routes?

Public transport: Does public transport meet my needs?

Traffic and parking: Do traffic and parking arrangements allow people to move around safely and meet the community’s needs?

TABLE 2: ACCESS

Streets and spaces: Do buildings, streets and public spaces create an attractive place that is easy to get around?

Facilities and amenities: Do facilities and amenities meet my needs?

Natural space: Can I regularly experience good-quality natural space?

Play and recreation: Can I access a range of space with opportunities for play and recreation?

TABLE 3: HOUSING AND ECONOMY

Work and local economy: Is there an active local economy and the opportunity to access good-quality work?

Housing and community: Do the homes in my area support the needs of the community?

TABLE 4: PARTICIPATION AND SOCIAL OPPORTUNITY

Social contact: Is there a range of spaces and opportunities to meet people?

Influence and sense of control: Do I feel able to take part in decisions and help change things for the better?

TABLE 5: SAFETY

Identity and belonging: Does this place have a positive identity and do I feel I belong?

Feeling safe: Do I feel safe here?

Care and maintenance: Are buildings and spaces well cared for?

Facilitators were tasked with keeping the discussion focus on the allocated themes; participants use the 1-7 ranking system if that was found useful to get more participation, while the main outcome remained identification of barriers to equality.

Key Discussion points

  1. TRAVEL

The consensus on travel in NE Fife was, as expected, that there is a lot of room for improvement (ie. in the range of 1-3). Comments included:

 MOVING AROUND

  • There’s buses to many places but if you not living in the centre towns it doesn’t really matter as they are not regular. Also for most jobs you have got to travel far anyway so it’s a question of whether you can afford a car
  • Cycle lanes and spaces are ok in Cupar, there’s pathways too but they are not too well advertised
  • Pathways are not always accessible, and walkers are not safe
  • It gets really busy during the tourist season, there’s no parking left (e.g. Elie, Anstruther), it could do with a park and ride for the tourist places


PUBLIC TRANSPORT / TRAFFIC & PARKING

           

  • Trains are good for in and about Cupar area but all across NE Fife transport is really bad
  • Buses links are terrible and costs are high
  • Community Transport could help loads there is not much available

 

  1. ACCESS

FACILITIES AND AMENITIES

The consensus about access is that in and around Cupar this  (ie. in the range of 1-3). Comments included:

  • There are loads of social groups within Cupar but there seems to be an age category missing, as most things are aimed at very young pre-teens and the older generations
  • Seems to be a reasonable number of opportunities for those with differing abilities. Kilmaron School has a lot of ties to the rest of the community.

 

NATURAL SPACES

  • There’s a lot in Cupar but hidden developments restrict access. As soon as young people go there, people immediately assume the worst
  • Cupar in bloom is very active within the community, this makes the street a lot more attractive + colourful
  • Natural spaces are getting affected by noise from surrounding housing development (Torvit)

 

STREET AND SPACES

  • Places such as Cupar are fairly compact are easy to move around
  • Most NE Fife villages are pleasant
  • Geography can be a barrier, there is access and roads etc but also large distances to cover and it can be costly

 

PLAY AND RECREATION

 

  • Sports centre is good in Cupar
  • Duffus Park is good too although there is a lot of negative connotations about teenagers
  • Loads for the really young and also for adults, but there are less facilities for teenagers and none for disabled children and their families
  • Having a meeting space for young people, like the youth café plays a good role, rest is paid structures like rugby etc.
  • It’s very segmented, there is nowhere all ages an meet together. We could really do with more sheltered spaces in the community to meet.

  1. HOUSING AND ECONOMY

    Young people describe new housing provision as being accessible and good for frail / older people or people with mobility requirements but there are several places that are not meeting the needs of young people, or their family unit:

 

HOUSING

  • Social housing provision does not cater for larger families – we split our family in 2 houses, so our grandparents are living further from us and when they need help we’re not around
  • I’m finding it hard being at home, I’m 13 and sharing a room – It’s not right and when I’m trying to study I can’t concentrate, I just feel the houses are too small and they don’t think about families with more than 2 children

 WORK AND LOCAL ECONOMY

  • Active local economy – that depends on where you live, e.g. in Cupar large employers are the one that take all the profits which doesn’t help the local economy.
  • Small businesses may not either
  • Care Workers are not well treated – there is a lot of demand on them for which they are not paid, like for instance the prices of travel or being expected to pick up shopping on their way in work with a service user

 

  1. PARTICIPATION AND SOCIAL OPPORTUNITY

    Young people describe new housing provision as being accessible and good for frail / older people or people with mobility requirements but there are several places that are not meeting the needs of young people, or their family unit:

SOCIAL CONTACT

  • Places like the sport centre & YMCA offer opportunities to meet others to in a group format, but this can be daunting to many, and segregates the ages.
  • There should be more cafes open in the evening for people to mix
  • It’s difficult to meet at all – in the evening there’s no places open at all and that’s the only time after schoolwork etc we could be doing something.
  • Some places like Guardsbridge you just meet at each other’s house, you don’t think about meeting further out

 

INFLUENCE AND SENSE OF CONTROL

  • You’d think you should be able to take part but often it’s just hard to know who to approach or how to change things
  • It’s good to hear about the things that [FCE] helped change or set up like Fife Pride. I’m interested in what the MSYPs can also do for young people at school in Fife
  • I got involved with the local community council, I’m the youngest person there but it took a long time to get accepted even to go attend and longer to become a recognised (full) member. 
  1. SAFETY 

IDENTITY AND BELONGING

  • NE Fife varies; some places (Newburgh) are inclusive and now have a town attitude rather than rural – it draws people in.
  • Others (Gateside) are more exclusive, if I wasn’t white Scottish it might be hard to integrate
  • There a lot of people moving to a view not a community
  • Lack of belonging – it’s that people have stopped having fun together, once you have you start to care for each other
  • There’s a difference between identity and stereotypes. Locals sometimes inadvertently set barriers to incomers
  • Life is changing too, it’s busier – more people are working long hours or commuting, and not only that they don’t want to participate
  • People move away for work or uni – is there anything to draw people back?
  • What’s really required is more community ownership to fill the void


FEELING SAFE

  • Much safer in Cupar than in the cities, there’s a low crime rate
  • In other places, you couldn’t stay outside till late, especially as a young person
  • Traffic can be a problem, there sometimes speeding cars
  • We can feel quite connected online, it’s safe and quite beneficial but being able to knowing people

 

CARE AND MAINTENANCE

  • It varies a lot in NE Fife, St Andrews is its own world
  • A lot public spaces are now sustained by the community
  • Tayport is the best kept area but the people who made it thus are getting old, they started the journey a long time back. As generations move on what generations are there to replace them?
  • Community ownership and control is positive but how long can small (voluntary) groups continue those tasks that are needed
  • There’s opportunities for people stepping in and filling the void – mainly in school and for those retiring.

  

GUEST SPEAKER: KIT MCCARTHY

 


We welcomed newly elected MSYP Kit McCarthy who gave us an overview of his role as Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament, as well as anecdotes of learning to represent young people’s views. The full audio recording available at the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIXSdi6wxlk


Agreed Next steps:

  • FCE Diversity Week Workshop Report to Fife Council (this report)
  • Follow up Community Café “Coffee and Chat” EPN event – Newburgh
  • Support from FCE to MSYPs for the creation of a Fife-wide youth council
  • Follow up event at Cupar Youth Café – youth forum?

Participants and evaluation

19 people attended this workshop representing the following organisations.

  • Scottish Youth Parliament
  • Fife Council CLD
  • Fife Centre for Equalities
  • Cupar Youth Café
  • B.E
  • Dundee Community Council
  • Bell Baxter High School

All participants (100%) found the event helpful, with the most useful aspects being “having a chance to think about my local area”; “range of group discussions”, “being able to voice my opinions” and “understanding more about my community”. Suggestions to make the event better included having “more time for unstructured discussion”, “the event held at different locations in Fife”, and “bring more participants focused around 1 specific theme”.

 

Comments / quotes:

“Is it happening the same time next week?”

“Everything was useful, extremely interesting and informative session – I liked getting stuck in the discussions but needed more time, a longer session”

“Was really good to be here and see how to use the Place Standard with groups, I liked the way it’s more interactive”

Talking to Young People about Equality

 

Talking to Young People about Equality Workshop for Youth 1st Evaluation Report

Fife Centre for Equalities was invited by Youth 1st to design and deliver an evening workshop for their members ( you can also click  this link to download the report)

Contributions to FCE Strategic Plan

Strategic Outcomes:

  • Strategic Outcome 3: Groups, whether already established or just getting started, have the tools they need to engage with their local community in a positive and inclusive way.

Key Actions:

  • Promote, deliver and evaluate a range of training opportunities involving internal staff and external partners.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Better knowledge of Equality Act 2010;
  • Better appreciation of a person-centred approach;
  • Being more confident in talking to young people about equality and inclusion;
  • Being more creative in engaging and integrating with people of different protected characteristics as part of governance, a workforce or as customers/users.

Programme

18:00           Welcome and Expectations

18:15           My precious

18:30           Flag Game

18:40           Equality Quiz

19:00           Comfort break

19:15           Discussion cards

20:00           Equality Act 2010 – how is this relevant to me?

20:30           Personal actions

20:45           Evaluation

21:00           End of Session

Participants

Nine people attended this workshop on 06 September 2017.

The participants’ age range spanned from 19 to 66.  Seven of the participants are female and two are male.

No participant stated that they have a disability.

Eight participants self-classified as White Scottish.

Seven of the participants stated they have no religion, and two stated Church of Scotland.

Eight participants stated that they are Heterosexual/Straight and one as Bisexual.

Two participants have caring responsibilities.

One participant is married, two are divorced/separated and six are single.

Two of the participants are employed full-time, two in part-time employment, two are in further/higher education, two are unemployed and seeking work and one is retired.

Feedback

All nine participants scored the workshop 5 out of 5 for information being helpful, information being presented clearly, queries being answered sufficiently, and workshop being totally accessible 5.

Participants were asked to score their own knowledge before and after the workshop.  Prior to the workshop, one participant scored their own knowledge at 5 out of 5, three at 4, one at 3, two at 2 and two at 1.

After the workshop, all nine participants scored their knowledge on the subject as 5 out of 5.  This marked a significant of improvement of their knowledge as a result of this workshop.

Other Comments:

“Very useful & enjoyable course.  Will recommend to colleagues / other volunteers!”

“Great workshop, a lot of fun.”

Advice and Suggestions for future seminars/training programmes:

“Very good balance of interactive activities & presentations.”

“More time to discuss issues.”

“Any available”

Keywords

#workshop #equality #organisationaldevelopment #workforcedevelopment #YoungPeople #YouthWork #Inclusion

Further Information

More information about workforce development training or other equality, diversity or inclusion matters, please contact Fife Centre for Equalities by email info@centreforequalities.org.uk or telephone 01592 645 310.

Fife Centre for Equalities aims to build a collective voice to champion equality, diversity, inclusion and social justice across Fife and beyond.

 

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.”

A Proud Partnership in Action

Fife Centre for Equalities is so proud that we and our partners have made history, collectively we brought pride to Kirkcaldy City Centre on 01 July 2017. We ensured the #LGBTI communities were seen and heard by politicians, businesses, services providers and everyone else.

Continue reading “A Proud Partnership in Action”

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.

Continue reading “What’s New in Adult Protection”

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.”

Equality and Diversity Workshop – Glenrothes High School’s Diversity Day

 

Background

Glenrothes High School hosted a half day event for S1 and S2 pupils to raise awareness about equality and diversity on the 10th of March 2017.

Fife Centre for Equalities (FCE) were invited to help plan the event and deliver workshops on the Equality Act 2010 and what it means for pupils.

The pupils got to meet different groups that gave a short talk about a particular protected characteristic. The characteristics covered at the event were:

Evaluation Report of FCE Equality and Diversity Workshop

Contributions to FCE Strategic Plan:

The mission of FCE is to build a collective voice to champion equality, diversity, inclusion and social justice. We aim to provide high quality practical guidance and support to everyone here in Fife.
An event such as this gives us the opportunity to make people aware of the relevance of the Equality Act 2010 to individuals and that they can be part of making Fife a fairer and more equal place to work, live or study in.

Strategic Outcomes:

  1. Individuals feel respected, safe and have the freedom to lead a fulfilling life where they live, work or study.
  2. Third, public and private sector organisations demonstrate best practice in equality, diversity and inclusion.
  3. FCE is recognised as a centre of excellence for championing equality, diversity and social justice.

Key Actions:

  • FCE became involved in the development of this event in January 2017 where we provided a list of contacts for individuals and organisations that may want to participate in the event.
  • Supported the development of the event by participating in the planning group.
  • Developed and delivered a foundation equality and diversity workshop.

 

To download and read the full report click here

 

 

BREXIT Meetings

Come along and visit one of our many Brexit discussion sessions, with the opportunity to ask questions, share your concerns or opinions or even just for a coffee and a chat.

We will hold the sessions on:

Monday 19th June, 10:30am-12:30pm
Town House , 2 Wemyssfield, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XW.

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. Please let us know a week in advance if you require any assistance
e.g. interpreters/BSL.

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