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Creating Healthy Communities Engagement Event, Tuesday 02 May, Dunfermline
Fife Society for the blind technology day, Wednesday 03 May, Kirkcaldy
Creating Healthy Communities Engagement Event, Monday 08 May, Cupar
Saturday 13 May, Kinghorn
Creating Healthy Communities Engagement Event, Tuesday 15 May, Kirkcaldy
Building a Child to Adult Transition Plan, Wednesday 17 May, Kirkcaldy
Fife Carers Centre - Vintage Tea Dance, Monday 22 May, St Andrews
Age Concern Sponsored Walk, Saturday 03 June, Kinross
Creative Breaks Funding Programme - Grants for third sector organisations, closing date Friday 26 May 2017
The Anchor Foundation, closing date Monday 13 July 2017
Grants for Websites, rolling closing date
Cycling UK's Big Bike Revival 2017, closing date end of June 2017
Barchester Healthcare Foundation - Tackling Loneliness, no closing date
Tesco Bags of Help Funding for local projects, no closing date
Don't see the funding opportunity for you? Check out our website for more options. 
Welcome to the May Health and Social Care e-bulletin.

The H&SC Locality Engagement Events aren't over yet! - if you get the chance to head along please do - it's a great opportunity to learn more about locality and cluster planning in Fife. 

Highlights in this e-bulletin:
Including content in this e-bulletin is free - share your news with us by e-mailing Christine Davison.
Best wishes,
Christine Davison
Development Officer
Health and Social Care Forum
Health and Social Care Forum HSCForum

Date: Thursday 11 May 2017 
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Venue: Fife Voluntary Action, Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5QF
Topic:  Personal Outcomes
The Forum is open to all third sector organisations operating in Fife - if you would like to join us please let Christine know. 

Health and Social Care Forum - 2017 datesForums2017


Dates for our 2017 Forums are listed below.


Unless otherwise specified details will always be:

Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm

Venue: FVA, Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5QF


15 June

13 July 

10 August

14 September

12 October

09 November

07 December


Please note that dates may be subject to change. Any changes will be communicated with Forum members via e-mail and through this e-bulletin.   

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Dying from Inequality: Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Suicidal BehaviourSamaritansReport

Dying from Inequality is the Samaritans' report into socioeconomic disadvantage and suicidal behaviour. Produced in conjunction with leading academics, it sets out how low income and unmanageable debt, unemployment, poor housing, and other socioeconomic factors contribute to high suicide rates in the most disadvantaged communities.

The report makes a number of recommendations for action, and calls on government, businesses, industry and sector leaders to work together so that fewer people die by suicide.
Sport for Change Research - Report Published

This research explored how the 'sport for change' approach could be developed and supported within Scotland. It was commissioned by The Robertson Trust, Scottish Government, sportscotland and the Sport for Change Network Scotland. The research was undertaken by Research Scotland.

The full report has now been published - click the title link to read more and access the report.
Health inequalities statistics released

Health inequalities figures recently published show the gap in health outcomes between the most deprived and least deprived areas of Scotland. Figures are reported for a variety of indicators in absolute and relative terms, including mental wellbeing, premature mortality, and a range of morbidity and mortality indicators relating to alcohol, cancer and coronary heart disease.
Obesity 'causes more deaths than smoking'

In fact obesity is the top cause of preventable life-years lost ahead of diabetes, tobacco use, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, according to the study.

Researchers found that obesity resulted in as much as 47% more life-years lost than tobacco, and tobacco caused similar life-years lost as high blood pressure.

Alzheimer's Society is calling on the public to set aside their differences - from age to tastes and social standing to political allegiances - and unite in the fight against dementia, as it's set to become the 21st century's biggest killer.

Celebrities and sports stars are backing the biggest ever campaign from Alzheimer's Society calling on people to come together to defeat dementia. 
Most researched conditions on national health website

New statistics have revealed that Scots looking for health information online look at muscle, bone and joint injuries more than any other condition.
NHS Heatlh Scotland - Income, wealth and poverty briefing

NHS Health Scotland has published a briefing exploring the role of income, wealth and poverty in creating health inequalities, and the evidence for effective actions to reduce health inequalities in this area. 

Research on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support revealed that 65% of people with cancer in Scotland thought about the possibility of dying from their cancer during treatment - but just 31% of them talked to someone about their fears.

The report, No Regrets - how talking more openly about death could help people die well, also found just 1% of people with cancer in Scotland want to die in hospital, with most (69%) preferring to die in their own home, or in a hospice (17%).
Regional NewsRegionalnews
Fife Integration Joint Board Papers

If you want to catch-up on Fife's Integration Joint Board (IJB) then you can click the title link to access past board papers, agendas and minutes. 
Creating Healthy Communities - Locality Engagement Events
Fife's Health and Social Care Partnership have launched seven dates in each locality to engage with individuals and professionals living and working in that locality.

Click any of the links below to find out more or to book your place, or click the title link for the roadshow poster.

Tuesday 02 May, 1.30pm - 3pm  - Dell Farquharson Community Centre, Nethertown Broad Street, Dunfermline

Monday 08 May, 1.30pm - 3pm - New Howe of Fife Rugby Club, Duffus Park, Cupar (behind swimming pool) (North East Fife)

Monday 15 May , 1.30pm - 3pm - Town House, 2 Wemyssfield, Kirkcaldy
Identifying, securing and managing funding - FVA drop-ins'FVAFundingDropIns

Fife Voluntary Action is running a series of drop-in sessions aimed at giving local third sector organisations the best possible chance of securing, and properly managing, funding. 

Click on the links below to access any of our drop-ins

Thursday 11 May 2017 at 10.00am to 12.00pm; and
Thursday 15 June 2017 at 1.00pm t0 3.00pm
Venue: Volunteer House, 69-73 Crossgate, Cupar, KY15 5AS

Thursday 18 May 2017 at 1.00 - 3.00pm; and
Thursday 22 June 2017 at 10.00am to12.00pm.
Venue: Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5QF

Thursday 25 May 2017 at 10.00 to 12.00pm
Venue: New Volunteer House, 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT

Thursday 01 June 2017 at 10.00am to 12.00pm
Venue: Oakley Community Centre, Station Road, Oakley, KY12 9QG
Redesign of Day Services/Day Hospitals Newsletter April 2017RedesignNewsletter

Fife's Health and Social Care Partnership are keeping us up to date with the redesign of day services/day hospitals through their Newsletter.

Click the title link to read the latest edition.  

The PHINS bulletin allows members to share details of their own local projects and events. 

Fife is featured in this edition with the Fife Council research report on place, based on the Place Standard Tool. 
Police praised for mandatory mental health training to protect vulnerable

The approach, which has reportedly halved the number of people being brought into police custody, is aimed at reducing the risk to vulnerable people in distress while also protecting communities.

As well as suicide intervention, officers are being taught how to ask sensitive questions of those who are in crisis and who to contact for additional help.

The mandatory training was launched six months ago and by the end of this month, all 17,500 officers up to the rank of inspector will have taken part.
Local NewsLocalnews
FVA training for volunteer mangers  

Course 4 - Fair and equal volunteering, 09 May, Glenrothes
Course 5 - Introduction to managing risk in your volunteer programme, 25 May, Kirkcaldy

Click the title to any of the courses above to find out more or to book your place.  
Dementia Awareness Week - Dementia Friendly Glenrothes EventsDFGEvents

As part of the dementia friendly work that's being done in Glenrothes, Dementia Friendly Glenrothes are hosting a week of events. They welcome people with dementia, carers for people with dementia, healthcare professionals, representatives from local businesses, services and community groups and the general public.

Information and Blether, Monday 29 May, 1.00 - 4.30pm
Dementia Friendly Walk ON, Monday 29 May, 2.00pm
Memory Bus, Tuesday 30 May, TBC
Information Stand, Wednesday 31 May, 1.00 - 5.00pm
Forget-Me-Not Tea, Thursday 01 June, 1.00 - 4.00pm
Pink Saltire moves to New Volunteer House

Fife Voluntary Action are delighted to announce that Pink Saltire have become the newest member of our growing community at New Volunteer House this week.

Pink Saltire is a Fife-based equalities charity, focused on improving the visibility and understanding of LGBT matters across Scotland.

We have one office space left so contact us quickly if you're interested in part of the New Volunteer House community. 
Scottish first as cleaning robot sweeps into Fife hospital

NHS Fife has welcomed its first fully automated cleaning robot to Kirkcaldy's Victoria Hospital.

The robotic scrubber dryer floor machine is the first of its kind in a Scottish hospital and works without the need for staff to manually ride on and steer, as with conventional scrubber dryers, freeing them up to perform other duties across the hospital.

Fife IPS would like to share some successes and update you on the developments of 2016 in their second newsletter. Click the title link to read this latest update. 
Looking for quality, affordable room hire? FVARoomHire

Then look no further than Fife Voluntary Action!

We offer a range of rooms across Fife for an affordable price. Rates start at just £5 per hour.

To see prices and venues click the title link. 
Fife Voluntary Action | 0800 389 6046 |
Craig Mitchell House
Flemington Road
Glenrothes, KY7 5QF