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Hard Up Communities in Fife – Welfare Reform and Equality

This invitation to tender is to undertake investigative research to better understand the barriers experienced by communities of protected characteristics that are affected by poverty in Fife. The research aims to deepen practitioners’ understanding of multiple barriers experienced by people in their day to day living and also help to ensure that the most vulnerable to poverty are not further disadvantaged because of their protected characteristics.

Equality News Update: Press and Journal: Face covering rule causing distress for disabled shoppers, warns charity hit by influx of complaints

Claims some disabled people are being denied access to supermarkets without a face covering have been described as “utterly appalling”. Chains including Morrison’s, Tesco and Sainsbury’s are now stopping people from entering their stores without a face covering, unless they have a medical exemption from doing so, while the latter two are also telling people … Continue reading Equality News Update: Press and Journal: Face covering rule causing distress for disabled shoppers, warns charity hit by influx of complaints

Equality News Update: The Times: Coronavirus in Scotland: Solitude hits young harder

A survey shows that the number of young people in rural Scotland feeling socially isolated is even higher than that of older people, with almost 33% of participants saying they felt lonely "most" or "all of the time."   This poll was part of research taken in October and November 2020 - to investigate the … Continue reading Equality News Update: The Times: Coronavirus in Scotland: Solitude hits young harder

Let’s Keep Chatting S2E1 – ENABLE Scotland

Welcome back to Season 2 of Let’s Keep Chatting Episode 1 kicks off with ENABLE Scotland.  The organisation was created by parents whose children had learning disabilities.  The charity has been around for the last 67 years supporting people with learning disabilities and help them use the skills that they have to be able to … Continue reading Let’s Keep Chatting S2E1 – ENABLE Scotland

Equality News Update: BBC News: Blue badge permit ‘shocking disparity’ revealed

People with non-visible disabilities such as autism or Parkinson's disease face a "shocking disparity" when applying for a blue badge parking permit, a BBC investigation has found. Scores of councils have lower approval rates for non-visible disabilities applications compared to those for physical impairments. Read more on the investigation at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55221474 #EqNews #LocalServices #Disabilities #ParkingPermits

Equality News Update: Pink News: LGBT+ History Month 2021: When is it, what resources are available and what events are taking place

February is LGBT+ History Month 2021! Coordinated by voluntary groups and the Schools Out UK charity - LGBT+ History Month aims to not only celebrate the huge achievements and contributions made by LGBT+ people throughout history but also increase the visibility of the barriers and discrimination faced by the community and what we can do … Continue reading Equality News Update: Pink News: LGBT+ History Month 2021: When is it, what resources are available and what events are taking place

Equality News Update: Third Force News: Understanding data poverty is vital to tackling inequality

Adam Lang analyses new research on data poverty in Scotland. With the outbreak of COVID-19, more and more services, workplaces and schools / universities have moved their resources online. Data poverty is a relatively new issue that has been brought to the forefront during the pandemic.   Read more here: https://tfn.scot/opinion/understanding-data-poverty-is-vital-to-tackling-inequality #EqNews #LocalServices #DigitalInclusion #DataPoverty

Equality News Update: Fife Today: Home learning in Scotland: How to access the new BBC resources for lockdown learners on offer

BBC Scotland have released a range of different online leaning resources, as well as hosting education programmes on their channel to try and assist both primary and secondary learners in lockdown.   Read more at: https://www.fifetoday.co.uk/education/home-learning-scotland-how-access-new-bbc-resources-lockdown-learners-offer-3091483 #EqNews #LocalServices #Lockdown #Education

Equality News Update: The National: Scotland faces ‘crisis’ of in-work poverty if Universal Credit cut, charity says

More than 30% of Universal Credit claimants seeking advice are in-work according to Citizens Advice Scotland - with the fear that if the £20-per-week increase to Universal Credit is not made permanent, there will be a crisis of Scottish Households living in-work poverty.   Read more here: https://www.thenational.scot/news/18983737.scotland-faces-crisis-in-work-poverty-universal-credit-cut-charity-says/ #EqNews #LocalServices #COVID-19 #In-workPoverty #UniversalCredit

Equality News Update: The Courier: Lockdown stories: Experiences to be used to improve Fife’s public services

Your Story, Your Community is a new project from Fife Voluntary Action that aims to collect stories and experiences of Fifers living through the COVID-19 pandemic, hoping to improve voluntary and public sector services for the future.   Read more at: https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/1862467/lockdown-stories-experiences-to-be-used-to-improve-fifes-public-services/ #EqNews #LocalServices #COVID-19

Equality News Update: Fife Today: Fifers warned over fake vaccine text alert

Fifers are being warned about a new text scam, claiming to be from the NHS and requesting your personal information to process a vaccine test application. Dean Lockhart, member for Mid-Scotland and Fife brought the scam to light after a number of constituents came to him with concerns over the message - it reads: "We … Continue reading Equality News Update: Fife Today: Fifers warned over fake vaccine text alert

Equality News Update: Third Force News: Speak out about mental health in 2021

With the introduction of another lockdown in Scotland, people are being asked to help raise awareness of mental health issues and help eliminate the stigma that surrounds them. See Me Scotland found that over half of their volunteers were worried about sharing their difficulties with others because everyone was going through tough times.   Learn … Continue reading Equality News Update: Third Force News: Speak out about mental health in 2021

Equality News Update: The Herald: Poverty crisis concern as number of Scots claiming benefits doubles during pandemic

NEW concerns have been raised about a poverty crisis in Scotland as it has emerged that the numbers claiming benefits has nearly doubled during the Covid-19 pandemic - despite government support schemes.   Since November 2019, the claimant count of people applying to Universal Credit and Jobseeker's Allowance has almost doubled from 111,280 to 210,750. The … Continue reading Equality News Update: The Herald: Poverty crisis concern as number of Scots claiming benefits doubles during pandemic

Let’s Keep Chatting S1E5 – Fronline Fife

In Let’s Keep Chatting Episode 6 we are talking with Caryn Nicolson CEO of Frontline Fife, a charity that wants to end homelessness in Fife. Their philosophy is that “homelessness is everyone’s responsibility and that lives can be transformed for independent and sustainable living by challenging social stigma and by creating opportunities for homeless people … Continue reading Let’s Keep Chatting S1E5 – Fronline Fife

Equality News Update: The Courier: VIDEO: Woodmill High School £50k gift after devastating blaze and Covid disruption

A donation of £50,000 has been made to Woodmill High School by Sky. Delighted youngsters have made a video thanking the firm and detailing how the cash might be spent, with ideas including field trips and attending events. Pupils were decanted to neighbouring schools after the blaze last August and were only fully reunited back on campus in … Continue reading Equality News Update: The Courier: VIDEO: Woodmill High School £50k gift after devastating blaze and Covid disruption

Equality News Update: Scottish Government News: Tackling social isolation and loneliness

Funding promotes inclusion and wellbeing. Almost £6 million in funding will provide friendship and human connection to people at risk of social isolation and loneliness over the winter months. Part of the Scottish Government’s £100 million winter package to support people, the funding will ensure services such as wellbeing calls, befriending support, advice and volunteering … Continue reading Equality News Update: Scottish Government News: Tackling social isolation and loneliness