fifelife News, views & features from Fife’s Community Planning Partners Safeguarding our environment PAGES 8&9 Beating the winter flu bug PAGE 16 Winter 2007 Performance highlights CENTRE Money-saving tips for warmer homes Warm welcome for new eco-friendly home energy surveys FREE home energy surveys worth £100 are being offered to around 8,000 private householders in Fife’s regeneration areas in an innovative new campaign to help Fifers save energy and cut fuel bills. The results of the surveys will show how people can save money on fuel bills. According to the Energy Saving Trust, installing cavity wall and loft insulation could save you around £7 per week (averaged over a year). Energy Action Areas, funded through Fife Council’s Regeneration Outcome Agreement, is being run in conjunction with Action for Warmth, part of the sustainable development charity Changeworks. The Energy Action Areas are Dunfermline, Inverkeithing, Kelty, Energy Action Hero helps regeneration project surveyors Shola Rahman and Jonathan Kinninmont from Cowdenbeath, Lochgelly, Fife Council’s housing team save a householder some money Ballingry, Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes, Leven, Kennoway, Methil, not available outside the energy efficient. The energy (local rate) or text WARMTH to Methilhill, Buckhaven and regeneration areas at present but survey will show people the 81025 (charged at standard Wemyss. the improvement offers are. simple measures they can take to network rate) or email The home energy survey will Anybody who wishes to take improve the energy efficiency of actionforwarmth@changeworks. highlight how householders can them up should contact Action for their home and save money.” org.uk improve the energy efficiency of Warmth. “We already help our 31,000 Free impartial advice about their home. David Robertson, Housing council tenants make their homes home energy efficiency is also If the householder wants to go Manager for Fife Council said: more energy efficient. available through the Energy ahead with work such as “Although the campaign is “This campaign is a useful way Advice Centre (EAC) on improving their insulation or spearheaded by the cartoon of helping people in the private freephone 0800 512 012. installing central heating, this will character Energy Action Hero sector, especially those who may Advice about grants and be arranged through Action for there’s a serious message behind just be on the property ladder special offers, fuel billing, Warmth using quality assessed it. improve their houses and flats – renewables and transport is installers. “Beat the rising costs of fuel and benefit the environment – by also available. The EAC will If householders are on benefits bills and become more having less wasted energy. “ pass any enquiries for energy the measures are likely to be free. environmentally friendly by Action for Warmth can be efficiency improvements to The free home energy survey is making your property more contacted on 0845 002 8466 Action for Warmth. fifelife winter2007 www.fifedirect.org.uk Inside fifelife 02 NHS Fife Chairman’s Christmas message Healthy year of A far fairer deal Putting churches on the map 03 New system for NHS waiting times 04 Fife Police crack down on violence achievements for Fife patients A PILOT project team set up in April 2007 by Scottish Heritage Research Ltd (SCHR), has been busy visiting and 05 Help for survivors Looking back on NHS Fife’s busy 2007 of sexual violence Appointments and waiting times explained recording all places of worship in Fife. The results will be published 06 your benefits Make the most of AT THIS time of year our with several major building IMPORTANT new changes on the internet in early 2008. Church buildings form an Twelve fire safety thoughts naturally turn in projects. In the months ahead 07 steps for Christmas anticipationand family reunions,it you will beginwingsee the friendship to festive fun. But exciting new to at the to the way hospital waiting times are calculated and important part of our heritage and environment and need safeguarding since many are appointments are offered 08 Protecting Fife’s natural environment is also a time to take stock of the year which has passed. In Victoria Hospital take shape and a start to building the new are about to be introduced. The Scottish Government falling out of use and facing an uncertain future. the case of NHS Fife staff it St Andrews hospital and health wants to make the system A Fife coastal church trail has 09 Where’s your favourite landscape? has been a year of solid achievement. centre. We are promoting NHS Fife clearer and fairer and ensure that patients do not been devised as part of the project, to be used in Patients help improve We continue to drive down as a learning organisation and 10 NHS services waiting times and to improve and expand services. We have we have an extensive programme to train more of have to wait longer than 18 weeks for a routine hospital conjunction with the Fife Coastal Path. Three leaflets, covering East, appointment or to go into 11 Council’shours opening festive tightened already rigorous measures to combat infection tomorrow’s health professionals. Levenmouth and Glenrothes hospital for routine treatment. Central and West Fife, have been produced with the help of in our hospitals. And we have Our three Community Health Many patients will wait volunteers from the local 12 sets up in business “balanced the pressing ahead Partnerships atKirkcaldy and become theEast Fife, innovative College student NHS Fife is books”. and West Fife, Dunfermline and North parts of valued and have healthcare less than 18 weeks. Patients are already community and Project Scotland, a young person’s 13 products explained Age restricted landscape. Partnership working is a vital guaranteed maximum times for treatment. training scheme. The leaflets cover a variety of 14 New website helps Textphone changes element for the success of Patients will be offered a churches, from picturesque protect children NHS Fife. I would like to pay choice of two dates and will ruins such as Rosyth Old Parish tribute to our partners in Fife be given at least three Church, to churches still in use FIFE Council is updating its Cupar Social Work Office – 15 Christmas Prescriptions at textphone numbers for the 01334 659466 Deaf community as part of its Glenrothes Social Work Council, in other NHS systems and in the voluntary sector. weeks’ notice. Someone who cancels an such as Elie Parish Church and St Fillans, Aberdour. Copies of the leaflets are recent telephone number Finally, spare a thought for appointment will have their Office – 16 winter flu bugs Protect yourself from changes. Key textphone numbers are: 01592 583264 Kirkcaldy Social Work everyone working during the festive period to provide vital waiting time counted from the date they contact the Hospital waiting times are now easier to understand available in local tourist board offices and Fife libraries. public and emergency hospital. The one-year project Fife Council – What’s On 18001 55 55 00 (BT Text Direct) Office – 01592 583265 Leven Social Work Office – services. We truly appreciate their sacrifice and effort. Should you cancel a third appointment or fail to turn they also promise a fair, open and more consistent want to make sure that all patients who are waiting are received grants from the Heritage Lottery fund, the East in Fife Fife House – 01592 583356 01334 659467 Rosyth Social Work Office – To everyone, best wishes for a merry Christmas and a happy up for an appointment or admission, the hospital may approach across Scotland. Patients will have the right treated fairly and this new system will help us to Fife Leader+ programme, the Church of Scotland and private New Year. return you to the care of to ask about how long they achieve this and improve our donations. TO JOIN the free mailing list for Deaf Communication 01383 602206 For further details please Service, Kirkcaldy – your GP. can expect to wait, and have service.” Events in Fife call 08451 55 55 Social Work HQ – 01592 Professor Jim McGoldrick, contact the project team on: 01592 583340 While these major the opportunity to rearrange For more information 58 or email 583254 Chairman of NHS Fife 01592 203433 or email: changes place more appointments. contact the NHS Helpline firstname.lastname@example.org responsibility on patients to Andrea Wilson, Director of on 0800 22 44 88 or visit office@scottishchurch For full listings of Events in Fife keep their appointments, Clinical Delivery, said “We www.nhs24.com heritage.org.uk go to www.fifedirect.org.uk/ events or pick up a free copy at your library or local services When Christmas is a working day centre. WHEN enjoying your festive New Year’s Eve to enable me to Community award for lunch, spare a thought for go out and socialise with my those people working and helping to keep you safe. friends. “Often you would expect model citizen James Sergeant Adrian working on Christmas Day to be JAMES Taylor from Lochgelly his confidence. Ananndale of the Road quiet, however there always has received the Jean Colston James is currently working Policing department had seemed to be some sort of Memorial Active Citizenship with the Council’s Community those traditional Christmases incident somewhere that would Award. Services on a casual basis. He as a youngster and even keep you busy. This award goes to people said: “Working at Bowhill when he joined as a police “I cannot recall how many who are committed to and Centre has helped me a lot cadet. Christmas Days l have worked passionate about working with fifelife is produced by Fife with my confidence, skills and “Since joining the regulars, or otherwise, but l feel that l the community. Community Planning future employment prospects. I Christmas has been have been dealt a fair hand as l James (17) took part in Fife Partners – Fife Council, NHS also want to thank anything but routine and, knew that this would be part of Council’s Get Ready for Work Fife, CVS Fife, Communities Development Services for over the years, my attitude the job. Sergeant Adrian Ananndale Programme which helps those Scotland, Scottish Enterprise providing me with this and priorities towards it have “Since getting married and who need additional support Fife, Fife Constabulary, Fife’s placement opportunity.” changed. having a family my priorities “If I’m off then this is a great to access training, education further and higher education To enquire about a place “Initially, working at have changed. bonus. and employment. As part of sector. on the Get Ready for Work Christmas and New Year “The only day that l look for “For the record l am off the programme, James spent More details: www.fifedirect. programme, contact Careers was a novelty. I’d hope to be now on the shift rota is Christmas Day this year… at time at Bowhill Community org.uk/communityplanning Scotland in your local off on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. the moment!” Centre, which helped boost Opportunity Centre. Award-winning teenager James Taylor 2 3 fifelife winter2007 www.fifedirect.org.uk Christmas wishes... MoBUS on the right route PEOPLE who struggle to get Watch your Christmas wasteline Police seek public’s help to create a safe festive season around parts of north and east Fife should find FIFERS will generate an extra transport a little easier. mountain of waste over the FIFE Constabulary has issued a offenders and prevent the alcohol The MoBUS service is festive period – and your help is Christmas list of what it wants falling into the wrong hands in being extended following a needed to stop as much as from residents of the Kingdom the first place.” £3,000 Social Economy possible being dumped in this festive period. The campaign will also involve: Support Fund grant from landfill sites. In return, the force is • High profile operations by Communities Scotland. Statistics show we all produce committed to delivering safer police officers in town centres The cash will help 50 kilos of extra waste over the streets and town centres. and other areas where introduce a management festive fortnight – the equivalent ‘Policing Your Festive Fife’ violence could take place. system so the minibus can of 50 bags of sugar per person involves cracking down on violent • A ‘Christmas list’ poster be used more productively if it were stacked up. incidents, particularly minor campaign asking the public to and spend less time off the The main sources of all this assaults, which are often alcohol- provide intelligence on road. extra waste are packaging, fuelled. violence and illegal alcohol MoBUS, which runs 22 cards, glass bottles, drinks cans Tackling violent crime and anti- sales. buses, is aimed at people and Christmas trees, most of social behaviour is one of the key • Extensive use of the new anti- with disabilities, the frail and which can be recycled. commitments of this year’s social fixed penalty notices elderly, and people in rural, To help you have a green Policing Plan. While the level of and a poster campaign asking isolated areas. Christmas here’s a few helpful violent crime is falling, the people if they would rather To find out more about festive tips: perception that it is a problem spend £40 on a fine or MoBUS, phone 01333 Recycle wrapping paper, makes law-abiding people feel celebrating Christmas. 429000. Further cards, cardboard packaging and threatened. • Working with licensees to information on Social envelopes by putting them in Chief Superintendent Martin prevent troublemakers gaining Economy Support Fund your blue bin. Birrell said: “We want people to access to pubs and clubs grants is available from Recycle your real Christmas behave responsibly and drink through initiatives like www.communities tree in your brown bin if it sensibly to avoid them becoming Pubwatch. scotland.gov.uk or by fits, take it to a Recycling Centre the victims of violent crime or its • Blogs and podcasts on the calling Communities or arrange a free cause. force website and social Scotland on 0131 479 Freedom of Fife: Mary Parry, General Manager for MoBus, hits the collection by calling “Please report incidents in your websites warning young 5379. road in one of the MoBUS minibuses 08451 55 00 22 from Thursday, area, particularly pubs or off- people of the dangers of January 3. sales you know are selling to violent crime. Recycle your cans, glass and under-18s or allowing over-18s to Chief Superintendent Birrell plastic bottles at your nearest It’s vital to talk buy alcohol for youngsters which concluded: ”We all want the local Recycling Point. is also an offence. same thing this festive period – a “This information allows us to safe and secure Fife. Please help Bin collections target our resources at the us to help you deliver that gift.” If your grey bin is normally collected every fortnight, we will collect it WEEKLY between Giving communities a voice Support for survivors of sexual violence December 24 and January 11. There will be no bin collections on Tuesday and Wednesday, ELECTIONS for Fife’s 104 willing to get involved. AN INITIATIVE is being victims,” added Sheila. December 25 and 26, and on community councils have now More information is launched to make it easier for For further information about Tuesday and Wednesday, taken place, but there are still available on: survivors of sexual violence to the TALK Awareness January 1 and 2. around 20 areas without a fifedirect.org.uk/ ask for help. campaign in Fife, contact The Fife Domestic and Sheila at: Recycling Centres will be open local voice. communitycouncils or by during the festive period except If you are interested in contacting Doreen Sim, Sexual Abuse Partnership is email@example.com launching the TALK Awareness tel 08451 555555 ext 441967 on the above public holidays. helping your local community Elections Administrator, Fife The Centres are much busier by forming a community Council, Fife House, programme which will distribute posters and leaflets across the If you are a victim of sexual at this time of year, so please council you’ll need 20 names Glenrothes KY7 5LT. help us to get it sorted by: Advice and support is available for Fife’s carers and addresses with Tel: 08451 555555 ext Kingdom from December. violence, you can get help The aim is to make the public from one of these Fife Avoiding, if possible, visiting signatures of local people 442179 a Reycling Centre the day after Caring for the carers more aware of sexual violence so survivors feel able to come organisations: they have been closed for public holidays. NHS Fife has launched its Carer Carers Centre, funded by Fife New GP practice opens forward and ask for help from their health care provider, Fife Rape and Sexual Assault Centre Separating your waste before visiting the centre, i.e. Information Strategy, following a Council and NHS Fife, offers police or specialist support 29 Townsend Place review of the action plan which A NEW General Practice has opened in Linburn Road Health Centre, agency. Kirkcaldy paper and cardboard, glass and basic necessary information reflects the commitment of NHS Dunfermline. Last year, around 500 people 01592 642336 cans. This will make your visit and support to carers. Fife to its thousands of carers. Dr Gail Barclay, who has worked as a GP in Elgin, and Dr – mostly women – contacted www.frasac.org.uk quicker. The Carer Information A carer provides care to Elizabeth Weir, who was a locum GP in the Glasgow area, will the main sexual violence and firstname.lastname@example.org Check your collection Strategy Action Plan provides another person, such as a provide the service with support from practice staff. abuse support agencies in Fife. or calendar for additional uplifts training for NHS staff and carers partner, family member, friend Other community health services will also be provided from the Co-ordinator Sheila Noble 2a Burnside North Cupar or find out when your bin will to ensure all carers are given or neighbour who is in need of health centre. said: “We wanted to get the 01334 655205 be emptied by visiting the opportunity to have a Carer www.kasp.org.uk support due to illness, disability, Dunfermline and West Fife Community Health Partnership issue into the open, challenge www.fifedirect.org.uk/ Assessment and the help and email@example.com frailty or addiction, and are not suggests that those who are new to the area and live in the Eastern attitudes and offer support to Kingdom Abuse Survivors wasteaware support they need. paid for providing that care. Expansion should register with the new practice. survivors. Project Changes to bin collections For further information on Safe Space Fife Council supports around People can apply to register with the new practice by calling “Sexual assault is a very 29 Townsend Place due on festive holidays will be the Carer Information 4 Victoria Street 35,000 carers across the 01383 733490 or popping in to the health centre. difficult crime for survivors to Kirkcaldy advertised in your local Strategy and/or the Fife Dunfermline Kingdom. Further information is available on www.dwfchp.scot.nhs.uk cope with as nearly all 01592 646644 papers over Christmas and Carers Centre, contact 01592 01383 739084 The Princess Royal Trust Fife perpetrators are known to their or 2a Burnside North Cupar New Year. 226479. www.safe-space.co.uk 4 5 fifelife autumn2007 www.fifedirect.org.uk Praise for play parks TWO Fife play areas were listed and ownership to the area. Keep fire at bay New Year – new way to pay over Christmas WHY not make a New Year’s as finalists in the Nancy Ovens Peter Howden, Fife Council’s resolution that will actually Play Awards in September. Parks Development and make life easier for you, and Limekilns won the Best Support Manager, said: “We are improve the services in your Community Award for Play for its delighted to see both Limekilns community? community project, while the play and Beveridge Park receiving It might sound too good to area at Kirkcaldy’s Beveridge the recognition they deserve. Park was a finalist in the Best Design of a Play Experience “People come from miles around to take their children to Twelve steps for a safer festive season be true but all you have to do is sign up to pay your council tax by direct debit, if you don’t category, and received a special these play areas and it makes it already. commendation from the judges. all the more special to see the FIFE Fire and Rescue Service Direct debit is the simplest The award for Limekilns hard work of so many people are backing the national ‘Don’t method of payment and rewards the hard work which has starting to pay off.” Give Fire a Home’ campaign. means you never need worry gone into the project since its The annual Nancy Ovens Here are the ‘Twelve Days of if payments are up to date. establishment by a local group of Trust Awards for Play were Christmas’ safety steps. And you can choose volunteers seven years ago. created to reward the best 1. Check your Christmas tree whether to make payments on The volunteers undertook an examples of innovative and lights conform to the the 1st or 15th of the month. exhaustive process – involving exciting areas of children’s play British Standard. You won’t be alone as children, parents, the local in Scotland. 2. Never place candles near 85,000 people in Fife now pay authority and funders – to create To find your nearest play your tree or furnishings.Don’t their council tax by direct a community-owned facility which park, visit www.fifedirect. leave them burning debit, already helping the Children enjoy Limekilns’ award-winning play area brought a great sense of pride org.uk unattended. council to save £500,000. 3. Make an escape plan for Because the council’s family and guests staying systems can work more with you over the festive effectively, paying this way Have your say on Fife’s NHS Make the most season. 4. Decorations can burn easily – don’t attach them to lights or heaters. 5. Never overload sockets. generates a saving of around £6 per household – which all helps to improve council services. Don’t think twice – switch of your benefits FIFERS are being invited to Take special care with to direct debit now! Simply help improve health services. Christmas lights. call us on 08451 551155 The Kingdom has three 6. Most fires start in the Don’t give fire a chance to ruin your festive celebrations with your bank details Community Health kitchen. Never leave a ready. Partnerships – formed by NHS cooker unattended. 10. If you have a smoke lighters away from 7. The risk of accidents, alarm, check the battery children. Fife to shape future services – and they will be involving the Take advantage of a financial assessment especially in the kitchen, is greater after alcohol is weekly and remove dust from the inside. 12. Check elderly relatives and neighbours this Helping to get public through new networks called Public Partnership EVERYONE who receives a consumed. 8. If having fireworks, follow 11. Make sure candles and cigarettes are completely Christmas. Make sure they are fire-safe. you back on Forums. As health is everybody’s home care service from Fife Council’s Social Work Service, the Fireworks Code. 9. Get a smoke alarm. out before going to bed. Keep matches and Find out more at www.dontgivefireahome.com your feet concern, the Community and not just those over 65, is Health Partnerships will affect A NEW service which helps being given the chance to everyone. A forum is your people who have had a fall chance to tell them what you think is important. have a financial assessment to make sure they’re getting every penny of welfare Just what the doctor ordered in their home, are otherwise uninjured and need help to You can choose how you KIRKCALDY’S Victoria get up again, is proving to be benefits they are entitled to. want to be involved. This could Hospital has been rewarded a great success. Since 2005, the Department range from simply receiving for promoting healthier food The Fife Falls Response of Work and Pension (DWP) information to sending in options, winning the Service, believed to be the has been working closely with comments and suggestions or prestigious national first of its kind in Scotland, the council’s home care staff attending meetings – you healthyliving award. has responded to hundreds to identify new and current decide the commitment you The award, managed by of calls for help from GPs, service users who want to want to make. the Scottish Consumer NHS 24 and the emergency take up this offer. If you would like more Council, is linked to the services since its launch in Mary-Ellen Rodger, Team information about the forum Scottish Executive’s national February last year. Leader with the DWP, said: in your area, contact: healthy living campaign and The response team – ”Last year the DWP gave out Dunfermline and West Fife is open to most food outlets which is equipped with a an extra £1 million of CHP – Shirley Dempsey, throughout Scotland. new vehicle and airbag lifting additional benefits to new 01383 565580 or The hospital catering staff gear – is available 24 hours service users. Next year we shirleydempsey@fife- worked hard to ensure they a day and can reach those in want to make this even more. pct.scot.nhs.uk Everyone should claim the benefits they deserve met the strict criteria set for need in less than 30 “By raising service users’ Victoria Hospital’s Support Services Manager Muriel Leith (right) Kirkcaldy and Levenmouth the award. minutes. incomes, we’ll be helping to receives the healthyliving award from Wendy Barrie, Director of CHP – Julie O’Neill, 01592 This involved making sure The service also includes increase the choices available to get the money you are and Housing Benefit/Council Scottish Food Guide 226739 or Julieoneill@fife- there were more healthy referral to NHS Services for to people, enhancing their entitled to now rather than Tax Benefit. pct.scot.nhs.uk options available and that to make sure that our assessment and quality of life, enabling them to waiting.“ Changes to home care deal to the catering staff as Glenrothes and North East sugar, fat and salt content customers were able to make preventative measures. pay any charges for services The benefits which people charges will be introduced from they are proud of the food we Fife CHP – Diane West, were reduced. informed choices about the Aimed at people aged 65 and helping them meet the can claim include Attendance January 2008. serve and are always happy 01592 769090 or Muriel Leith, Support food they eat in our or over, the service is jointly added cost of any disability. Allowance/Disability Living For more information about to assist customers in making Dianewest@fife- Services Manager at Victoria restaurant. funded by Fife Council and “There is no time limit this Allowance, Pension Credit, a financial assessment ask the right choices to promote pct.scot.nhs.uk Hospital, said: “We wanted “The award means a great NHS Fife. has to be done by – it’s an on- Carers’ Allowance, State your home carer or home healthy food options.” going process – but it’s better Pension, Bereavement Benefit care manager. 6 7 fifelife winter2007 www.fifedirect.org.uk Fife – a green and pleasant land Voluntary, business and public projects across the Kingdom are working to protect our natural environment FROM increasing personal and business recycling rates to youngsters giving up their own time to clear woodland and paths, Fifers are continuing to make a significant and positive difference to where we work, rest and play. Vital partnerships are being forged across Fife to promote the environmental message. They are Where’s your favourite landscape? simple and straightforward to do – and results can be achieved quickly and effectively. In fact, the word of our FIFE’S planning policy protects successes is even spreading overseas. Areas of Great Landscape Value. In the past, pleasant scenery was seen as the most important factor in deciding whether a landscape should be protected. Fife Council and Scottish National Heritage are reviewing this policy to take into account other qualities. These include the landscape’s historical links, how it’s enjoyed for recreation, its plants and animals and how it provides a setting for our towns and villages. Rabbit Braes, Kirkcaldy Fife Council’s Development Services are leading this project which is jointly funded by the Focusing on Council and Scottish Natural Heritage. green spaces Land use consultants will carry out the work, which will be finished by spring next year, so that we can IN THE next year Fife Council celebrate our special landscapes, will produce a Greenspace protect them and plan for their future. Strategy for the towns and To let us know your favourite villages of the Kingdom. places you can visit Greenspace is the term for www.fifedirect.org.uk/have all green areas in and around yoursay or phone the Local and settlements so it covers parks Community Policy team on 08451 and open spaces, play areas, 55 55 55 ext 47 17 78. The Lomond Hills – one of Fife’s treasured landscapes woods, beaches, allotments, sports areas and natural areas. The first stage is to map all the greenspace and to assess its condition and also how Pauline knows her oats accessible it is to residents. A STUDENT who spent the Pauline was placed with On a roll: The young volunteers position recycled metal tubing for the construction of a foot bridge at Cardenden Den. From left: Christian Russell, summer working with Quaker Oats Quaker Oats to reduce the The next stage is to find out Nicholas McCallie, Robert Thomson, Alan Ward, Steven Hepburn and Ashley Pearson in Cupar, helping the company amount of waste the company what residents think of their greenspace through Fife’s make environmental improvements was sending to landfill and People’s Panel, and the final stage is to produce a five-year action plan. Young volunteers roll out the green message and save money by minimising waste, has been awarded a scholarship for her efforts. identified ways in which to divert 94.52 tonnes, which resulted in financial savings of £4,220. So what’s the point of this Pauline Pirie, a Geography and Pauline said: “I enjoyed working A LEADING Fife group is Zakopane and Krakow to learn projects in the Lomond Hills urban areas, whilst promoting Environmental Science student at the company. The placement exercise? more about traditional forestry spreading their environmental Regional Park, Lochore active citizenship in the from Dundee University, was gave me the chance to have Well, we should know from skills from tree-planting to message both at home and Meadows Country Park, community. among five students who hands on work experience that this work how we should building houses with the abroad. Falkland Estate, Balgownie The group also promotes undertook an eight-week you wouldn’t get anywhere else.” protect our existing harvested timber. Since its formation in January Woods, Blue Bell Woods educational events such as placement organised by Scottish Ian Harper, Logistics Manager greenspace and what Group Leader Mark Pearson 2001 the Fife Air Cadets Dalgety Bay and Cardenden to presentations, walks and Enterprise Fife and the Business from Quaker Oats, said, “As part greenspaces need improved. said: “We are delighted to build Conservation Group, which is name just a few. workshops to help build self Environment Partnership (BEP). of PepsiCo, sustainability is one of Other local authorities have on Fife’s strong links with now made up of members from Work has included tree- confidence and skills that can In addition, Pauline was named our key performance measures. found that doing a strategy like Poland and look forward to six Air Training Corps planting, woodland be used later in life. as the 2007 winner of the Fife Pauline not only did an excellent this raises the profile of hosting a return visit next Squadrons, five Explorer Scout management, footpath work, This includes helping Environmental Placement job in reducing waste to landfill greenspace and improves summer.” Groups and many families from gorse clearance, hedge-laying, volunteers work towards their Programme (EPP). and increasing recycling, she has everyone’s quality of life. Locally, the group has across Fife, has carried out dry-stone dyking, bridge Duke of Edinburgh and John The EPP is run by the Business helped us develop a three-year For more information developed partnerships with more than 30,000 hours of work building and traditional green Muir Awards. Environment Partnership which Sustainability Plan for the site.” contact Kevin O’Kane, Fife Coast and Countryside protecting the local woodworking. Find out more about the works, free of charge, with local For more information about Greenspace Partnership Trust Ranger Service, Falkland environment. As part of its education projects through the businesses to help them identify the Fife Environmental Officer. Tel: 08451 55 55 55 Stewards and Scottish Native It is currently involved in an programme young volunteers websites: www.fifeaircadets and implement practical ways to Placement Programme Ext 49 33 00 or email Woods. exchange programme with learn about the natural heritage conservationgroup.co.uk and cut costs by improving telephone 0131 561 6276 or firstname.lastname@example.org During 2007 they have volunteers in Poland. of Scotland by helping to www.projectwoodland. Pauline Pirie environmental performance. email Barbara@thebep.org.uk A group from Fife travelled to completed conservation restore and conserve wild and org.uk 8 9 fifelife winter2007 www.fifedirect.org.uk Help make NHS better A proud year for Fife IN THE short time I have been Provost, I have met Along with those successes, there have also many wonderful people been times for reflection and Have your say in the debate to improve health services across the region involved in all sorts of projects and have remembrance. This year saw the 40th learnt much more about anniversary of the Michael Fife’s diverse communities. Pit Disaster and the 50th FIFERS are being asked to air It is always difficult to anniversary of the Lindsay their views on the National single out achievements in a Colliery Disaster. Planning for Health Service. The Scottish Government year of many successes achieved by talented and There was also the sharp and sad reminder of the war has launched a new drive to the future collect as many details as possible about patients’ hard-working citizens, making Fife a place of which in Iraq, as two more young Fifers lost their lives whilst we should be proud. on active service. experiences of health services Here are just a few – the It was a proud moment, – and suggestions on how magnificent feat by Falkland therefore, to be able to they can be improved. in Bloom, winning the present to the Black Watch In its early stages, the Entente Florale Gold Medal a photographic album as a Scottish Patient Experience Award; Lorraine Clark, a magnificent record of the Programme (SPEP) will focus young apprentice with Fife Freedom of Fife ceremony on improving things for Council, winning the Scottish held last year. inpatients, people with long- Modern Apprentice Award May I wish you all a very term conditions and users of and the Fife Sports Disabled happy Christmas and THANKS – that’s the message GP services. Team winning the team prosperous and healthy New from Fife Council to people who NHS Fife held a very award for the Scottish Track Year. have made their voice heard successful Patient Experience and Field events for the Frances Melville about the Structure Plan and Conference in August, when Provost Frances Melville at the Maggie’s Centre in Kirkcaldy Disabled. Provost of Fife Local Plan issues this summer. more than 200 delegates Traditional formal public contributed to the process, meetings were replaced with and a number of points from Keeping you in touch informal drop-in sessions and that event – including the unstaffed touring exhibitions. need for more staff training – This approach has proved more are now being acted upon. successful and constructive for Annie Buchanan, NHS Fife’s everyone, giving people the Nurse Director, has set up a Enthusiatic Fifers contribute to a Patient Experience Conference opportunity to see the proposals steering group to co-ordinate for their area and to talk to staff all local patient experience Scottish Government’s debate, Belinda Morgan, on a one-to-one basis. This means that everyone’s views activities and liaise with other groups such as Fife People’s consultation document ‘Better Health, Better Care’, which Nurse Advisor with NHS Fife, said: “These initiatives are The latest information is at your fingertips this winter are heard rather than just the Panel and Community Health can be viewed at: being taken forward so that vocal minority. Partnerships. www.scotland.gov.uk/better the needs of patients and AS WINTER arrives, Fife The digital television and text The Council’s Development Meanwhile, a number of healthbettercare carers are at the centre of our Council is reminding residents alert services are free. Services consulted on the events have been gauging Encouraging Fifers to NHS and inform how we that the latest information is now Mobile operators will charge Kirkcaldy and Mid Fife Local Fifers’ responses to the contribute to the ongoing deliver services.” available from the comfort of for an internet connection when Plan Issues and Options. their own sofa. using the Fife Council mobile Exhibitions visited libraries, local Unexpected school or facility WAP service. services centres and ‘non- traditional’ venues such as Fighting the stigma of mental ill-health closures, plus news headlines and main council phone numbers, can all be found supermarkets throughout the Council holiday opening Local Plan area. Over 620 IT COULD be me... experienced mental health quickly on your TV, PC, hours: people attended the 13 drop-in That’s the message from Fife difficulties or not. telephone, mobile phone or Offices and Local Services events. The comments received campaigners as they prepare to “In the same way people go to radio. Centres will be closed on will be considered as the launch a new drive to ease the the gym to be more physically New for this year, closures December 24, 25, 26, 31 and Kirkcaldy and Mid Fife Local stigma surrounding mental health healthy, there are things people information can be found on January 1 and 2. Plan is prepared for publication difficulties. can do to enjoy better mental digital TV and internet-enabled On December 27 and 28, only in spring 2008. NHS Fife is putting together a health,” explained Dr Hannah. mobile phones. town centre Local Services As part of the Housing Land resources pack which people The top ten tips for better mental Fiona Armstrong, New Media Centres will open. Requirement re-appraisal of the from all walks of life can put to health are: Manager, explains: “It’s Many of the 0845 numbers Fife Structure Plan, 15 informal good use. • Accept yourself and others important that people get up-to- published in “A useful guide to drop-in events were organised The kit will include information • Talk about your feelings date information quickly – no the council and our new across Fife. Over 400 people and advice for employers on how • Keep in touch with friends matter where they are. numbers” will be available as talked to staff about housing people who have had mental and loved ones “So, this year, we’ve added a follows: figures in their area. health problems may be helped to • Get involved couple of new options. Mondays, December 24 and The re-appraisal will be find work or supported in the • Take a break “You can still sign up for the 31 – 8am to 6pm, considered at the Council’s workplace. • Learn new skills popular SMS text alerts service Access important Fife news with your digital television Thursday and Friday, December Planning Committee on And there will be general • Do something creative if your child’s school or other 27 and 28, and Wednesday, December 11 and Fife Council resources to help a wide range of • Ask for help council building closes. “Whichever option you choose, By SMS text or email: subscribe January 2 – 8am – 8pm. on December 20. It will then be people to raise these important • Eat well and drink sensibly “But you can also check from you’ll get the same up-to-date at www.fifedirect.org.uk/closures Usual opening hours will resume submitted to Scottish Ministers issues and do what they can to • Keep active. any WAP-enabled mobile information within just a few On your mobile: from January 3. who will make a final decision tackle unhelpful attitudes to Helpline numbers for those phone at minutes of the decision being http://mobile.fifedirect.org.uk on the Fife Structure Plan. mental ill-health. worried about their mental http://mobile.fifedirect.org.uk made.” On your TV: Fife Council TV For details of services and Find out more at: Dr Margaret Hannah, a public health include: Samaritans “Or, if you have SKY or Virgin (interactive digital service; find schedules over the festive www.fifedirect.org.uk/ health consultant with NHS Fife, 08457 90 90 90, Breathing Space digital TV, you can find all the Find the latest on closures and ‘Looking Local’ under community period log on to structureplan Being creative and learning new said the ‘It Could be Me’ project 0800 83 85 87 and, for children latest information on Fife disruptions to council services or local services menu) www.fifedirect.org.uk/ skills can help maintain your would offer good advice for and young people, Childline Council TV under the ‘Looking Online at: By phone: 08451 551199 winternews mental health everyone – whether they have 0800 1111. Local’ menu. www.fifedirect.org.uk/closures On local radio stations 10 11 fifelife winter2007 www.fifedirect.org.uk College course fires Your age counts when buying gifts YOUNGSTERS should be aware there are some products which you have to be a certain age to Product Minimum age to purchase pizza chef’s interest buy. • Tobacco and tobacco • 18 years Parents should remind their products children about this, especially as • Alcohol • 18 Christmas approaches and kids • Cigarette lighter refills • 18 will be starting to buy gifts for • Fireworks (except as below) • 18 friends and family. • Party poppers, throwdowns, • 16 Restaurant owner urges Fifers to follow their dreams Fife Council’s Trading Standards Consumer Education serpents, caps etc Team have prepared this handy • Knives, knife blades, razor • 18 table which shows how old you blades and axes COLIN Munro decided on a change of direction from a must be to buy age-restricted • Liqueur chocolates • 16 products. • Spray paint devices (aerosol • 16 marketing manager in charge Retailers must also be vigilant paints) of e-commerce at when selling these products as it VisitScotland. is an offence to sell them to • Petrol • 16 Along with his wife Sarah, he • National Lottery and Instant wanted to start his own anyone below the required age. • 16 For more advice, contact Fife win tickets business and pursue the dream of owning a restaurant. Council Trading Standards on • Videos, DVDs and selected • 18,15 or 12 (depending 08451 55 55 56. computer/video games on classification) He enjoyed catering for private functions such as family christenings and took up a position as a chef at Rufflets Cash injection Hotel in St Andrews.To enhance his skills and Plane sailing knowledge of different aspects of cookery he enrolled on the HNC Professional Cookery for college course at Elmwood. WITH the announcement by for Fife’s health The course is set up in a way the MoD of orders for two which allows for the handing Royal Navy aircraft carriers, down of knowledge, which Adam Smith College has Colin said was the best part. been preparing over 100 Subject areas include students with the necessary cookery processes, food skills needed for the preparation, food service and patisserie. He described the lecturers as excellent Major investment promises better facilities construction of the largest vessels ever sailed by the Royal Navy. communicators and there was Adam Smith College, in a real team spirit amongst the MORE than £27 million is being collaboration with Babcock Hospitality students on the An Elmwood College course had the right recipe to transform Colin Munro’s career spent on new and improved health Engineering Services, course. care facilities for the people of Fife. launched its Technology 500 Describing his experience at in the hospitality industry described Colin as: “An restaurant ‘Sutor Creek Café’ Nine individual projects have course 20 months ago to Elmwood, Colin said: “Do not giving me invaluable enthusiastic, model student in Cromarty, which specialises started or are about to get under provide a skilled local be frightened to return to study. knowledge to try to start my with such a wonderful in traditional-style pizzas. way to introduce everything from workforce for the expected I have thoroughly enjoyed it own business.” attitude and eagerness to Colin would not hesitate to new dental surgeries to aircraft carrier contract. and found it a good path to Colin felt that the teaching learn.” recommend Elmwood to refurbished health centres. Technology 500 is a one- follow. The course quality was exceptional. Colin now owns and runs someone keen to follow their The biggest single project is the year multi-skilled, full-time supplemented my experience Lecturer Willie Balfour his very successful dreams. £7 million refurbishment and course aimed at ambitious extension of Cupar Community people keen to succeed in Hospital and Health Centre to engineering. Ringing the changes Fife’s healthy lessons provide a 21st-century health care environment. On completion of the course, graduates progress CLOSER links between NHS one time there are 140 The need for more dentists in the on to the college’s Modern THERE’S now a single point of Fife and medical students are students in the Kingdom’s Kingdom is also being addressed New dental practices, like the one pictured above, will be built in Apprentice Programme with contact for calling Fife Police proving to be just what the hospitals. through the £4.9 million construction Dunfermline, Cowdenbeath, Cupar and Leslie one of the local engineering on a non-emergency matter. doctor ordered. The aim is to turn Fife into a of new dental centres in firms such as Babcock, The single non-emergency It’s all part of a plan to make major teaching centre, with the Dunfermline, Cowdenbeath, Cupar • The £4.4 million refurbishment • A £4.6 million upgrade and Raytheon Systems, Diageo or number (SNEN) 0845 600 Fife a centre of excellence for Queen Margaret and Victoria and Leslie. of Randolph Wemyss Memorial refurbishment of Glenwood FMC. 5702 was brought in to simplify medical training and, in the long Hospitals recognised as The modern facilities Hospital in Buckhaven Health Centre in Glenrothes The programme has been the public’s access to the force. Non-Emergency & Business Matters term, improve patient care. university teaching hospitals. will operate with existing dental • The £4.9 million construction of • The £600,000 construction of specifically designed with The advent of the Force access centres, such as Kirkcaldy’s four dental centres in Regional Learning Disabilities Contact Centre meant there 0845 600 5702 Around 400 University of St Andrews medical students are Teaching students also helps clinical staff to keep their skills new eight-surgery centre opened in Dunfermline, Cowdenbeath, Unit at Lynebank Hospital in employers’ requirements and demands in mind. was no need for multiple receiving hands-on experience up to date and provides 2006. Cupar and Leslie, plus six Dunfermline Adam Smith College is contact numbers and the new recruitment and the Family with health professionals on a possible opportunities for them Six dental surgeries will also be surgeries in St Andrews • The £3 million development of recruiting now for the next system also reduces demand Protection Unit will still be daily basis, adding to the to link into research at included as part of the new St Hospital an Admission and Assessment intake of Technology 500 on the 999 emergency system. publicised. number of students already universities. Andrews Hospital development. • The £600,000 upgrade of Unit at Lynebank Hospital students. Over the coming year, the 0845 numbers are charged hosted from Edinburgh, Teaching and training The list of major work going Queen Margaret Hospital NHS Fife Chief Executive Anyone interested in SNEN will replace all existing at 1-2p per minute off-peak, 3- Dundee and Aberdeen. generate a massive cash ahead includes: Accident and Emergency George Brechin said: “The projects finding out more should station numbers although, 5p per minute peak from UK Nearly 2,000 medical injection – around £2 million in • A £3.5 million construction of Department are part of our determination to phone 0800 413280 or email where appropriate, direct dial landlines. Call charges from placements are being offered two years – which pays for Linburn Road Health Centre • A £7 million refurbishment and make sure the people of Fife have email@example.com numbers such as those for mobiles may vary. this year and next and at any service improvements. serving Dunfermline and parts extension of Cupar Community access to excellent health services of Rosyth Hospital and Health Centre tailored to meet their needs.” 12 13 fifelife winter2007 www.fifedirect.org.uk Equal in Fife Planning for a healthier Fife Play equipment NEW ways of working to help Fife’s ethnic minorities and new migrants into education, training and employment Don’t run short of medications REMEMBER to order your THERE always seems to be something in the news raising concerns about people’s health. But organisations in Fife have come together to tackle this through a strategy aimed at makes a splash have proved a huge success. Equal in Fife, a Community Planning Partnership project led by Fife Council’s Development Services, delivers individual tailored repeat prescriptions to cover Christmas and New Year. At this time of year it’s easy to forget something – just make sure it’s not your prescription medication or tablets you will improving health over the next three years? It’s called the Joint More fun in the pool at leisure centres programmes, matching local skills shortage with need when your local Community Pharmacy is closed. Health Improvement Plan. vacancies. Over 60% of It is important that you order FIFE Council has invested £16,000 The choices we make around Home Carers trained secured repeat prescriptions, including on new sports and leisure our own and our family’s health jobs with Fife Council’s Social home oxygen, before your equipment to enhance the activity – in issues such as food, Work Services. And the Community Pharmacy is closed programme for children using the physical activity and smoking – Council’s IT Work Placement for the Christmas and New Year leisure centres in east Fife. are important. Initiative to address skills period. Three top of the range, giant Research shows that shortage and under Remember, it usually takes aqua run inflatables will bring great some of the main impacts on representation of ethnic two to three working days for a fun to family swim sessions, pool health relates to opportunities for minorities has seen six repeat prescription to be issued birthday parties and the new education, employment and level clients secure jobs with IT by your GP. Please allow time weekend pool discos for school of income; the range of family, Services. for this and for your Community children. social and community contacts For more information From left: Dongmei Zhao, Equal in Fife Development Worker, with Pharmacist to receive and The inflatables will rotate between people have and how people feel contact Lifang Lamb on Equal in Fife service clients Ali Ekber Guven and Aliyah Muskwati dispense the prescription. Cupar, East Sands and Levenmouth about their homes, local 08451 55 55 55 ext 460827. outside Leven Opportunity Centre During the festive season, all to ensure variety. environment and local services. kinds of illnesses and ailments Cupar, Levenmouth, East Sands The new Joint Health can happen. Be prepared for and Waterstone Crook Leisure Big changes at Improvement Plan for Fife takes any situation by making sure Centres have also benefited from account of all of these issues. your medicine cabinet has basic investment in pre school gym If you would like a copy of medicines. equipment. the plan, or a summary, then Here’s what you should This will greatly enhance the contact 08451 555555 always have in your cupboards: already successful gymnastics Ext 441117 or visit classes at Levenmouth Leisure • prescription medication you Fife Gingerbread www.healthyfife.net need to take Centre, as well as enabling the roll- out of this gymnastics programme to • paracetamol tablets (for Be more active pre school children across East Fife. Find out more by calling: East adults) • paracetamol mixture (for children) more often Sands Leisure Centre on 01334 659473 • ibuprofen (tablets or syrup) DID you know that there are over 800 sports activity classes taking Levenmouth Swimming Pool & Sports Centre on 01334 659325 A ‘crafty’ approach to health and recycling • antihistamine (tablets or syrup) place in Fife’s leisure centres Cupar Sports Centre on 01334 • oral rehydration sachets each week? 659324 FIFE Gingerbread has “This funding has given us a Fife Gingerbread is open • decongestant tablets We didn’t either until we tried Waterstone Crook Sports secured funding from NHS great opportunity to to any lone parent regardless • cough syrup to fit them all into a leaflet to Centre on 01382 542401 Thar she blows! Inflatables mean fun at Fife swimming pools Fife’s Health Improvement encourage lone parents in Fife of age, gender, ethnic origin, • antacid or indigestion remedy publicise the new Autumn/Winter Fund to allow it to deliver to get involved in local etc. For more information on • hydrocortisone cream programme! group work in the Kirkcaldy, community projects. We this project or any other Fife • thermometer If you haven’t had one of the Cowdenbeath and Dunfermline intend to involve the groups in Gingerbread service, contact • measuring spoon. areas. the Save Xmas and Poverty Isabel on 01333 303124 or Please read the instructions and leaflets through your door, pop into your local leisure centre and pick up a copy. Online help to protect children in Fife The organisation has designed a programme called Campaign initiatives as well as any other appropriate e-mail info@fifegingerbread. org.uk or log on to cautions on all medicines before you decide to use them and ask BIG, which stands for Better in activity.” www.fifegingerbread.org.uk the pharmacist for advice if in With over 800 classes Health, Included in the doubt. available, you’re sure to find one A NEW website has been set of information and support. Community and Green. It to suit your level of fitness and up to support people involved A shared message that involves partnership work with on a day and time that suits you too. in child protection across Fife. ‘child protection is everyone’s colleges, the community and Devices improve The site has been job’ and the need to protect Now there’s no excuse to get developed by Fife Child vulnerable children and NHS Fife and will run through to next spring. independence yourself more active, more often. Protection Committee – an young people’s welfare is at The three groups meet once Pick up a leaflet at your inter-agency partnership the heart of the committee’s A RANGE of electronic a week and take part in art and nearest leisure centre – a full which oversees child work, and the website will devices, funded by the Scottish craft activities involving list of which are available at protection work in public, promote these core values. Executive, is being brought into recycling of everyday items. www.fifedirect.org.uk private and voluntary Members of the committee use in Fife, allowing people to The programme aims to agencies across the Kingdom. come from Fife Council’s introduce group members to remain in their own homes and The committee has education, community, various health initiatives, live with greater independence. developed the resource for housing and social work promote health and wellbeing A total of £485,376 will be children, young people, services, Fife Constabulary, and increase awareness of spent over three years to fund parents, carers and families, NHS Fife and several other recycling in general. For devices including motion and for those who work partner agencies. example, a swap shop system sensors that can detect if an directly or indirectly with The chair of the committee for children’s clothing, external door has been children and families. is currently Annie Buchanan, equipment and toys helps opened or a tap left on. An The site will be further Nurse Director with NHS Fife. reduce financial stress and can alarm then either alerts the developed during the coming Visit the new website at decrease a parent’s feelings of person in their home or Fife’s months – and it’s hoped it will www.fifechildprotection. isolation and anxiety. Council’s Emergency Contact become a very useful source org.uk Get help to keep them safe Lisa Hemphill, Gingerbread Recycling can also be fun, as these three parents discovered during Centre who can summon help. Fife Development Worker, said: a BIG art and craft session making face moulds 14 15 fifelife winter2007 Spotlight on culture and creativity FIFE Council wants your views, ideas and opinions on what the future of culture in Fife should look like. The consultation programme, rolling out across the Kingdom over the winter months, will use a number of creative approaches to reach as many people as possible. The project features an online questionnaire, a mobile text campaign, focus group studies, creative projects with people who may experience difficulties in accessing and enjoying arts, heritage and cultural opportunities. There will also be an Beat the bugs over exciting new touring televisual game show called ‘A Question of Culture?’ which will be open to individuals, organisations and groups the winter months across Fife’s communities. What is learned from this Good health advice not to be sneezed at lively conversation will help shape an exciting new BEING ready for winter means surgery to get it organised. the demand on the NHS.” Cultural Strategy, due to be more than looking out your boots Andrea Wilson, Director of Finally, while enjoying yourself developed and launched in and warm coat – take time to Clinical Delivery, NHS Fife, said: over the festive period, try not to 2008. look after your health too. “We have been working closely over-indulge, as this can make it The strategy will seek to Winter is the busiest time of with NHS 24 and the rest of NHS easier for you to pick up bugs. widen cultural, arts and the year for all parts of the health Scotland to gear up for the If you or someone you care heritage experiences, and social care service. increased demand during the for is unwell, and it can’t wait opportunities and activities to NHS Fife, Fife Council, NHS winter months. until your GP surgery opens, Fifers throughout their 24 and the ambulance service “There are a few things we can call NHS 24 on 08454 242424. lifetimes. work jointly to provide services to all do in preparation for the NHS 24 will give you advice For more information visit those who really need them. You colder months. or refer you to the most www.fifedirect.org.uk/ can also help by preparing for the “By ensuring we have an appropriate place – a Primary culturetalk colder months. adequate supply of Care Emergency Centre, an To register your interest If you’re in one of the groups – repeat/regular prescription Accident and Emergency in taking part, contact Kate for example, over 65s and people medication to see us through Department or a Community Brown, Creative Links with certain medical conditions – weekends and public holidays Pharmacy. Programme Manager, on where catching flu could have and a stock of over-the-counter If you think your condition is 01592 583255 or email serious complications and you remedies for common seasonal immediately life-threatening, firstname.lastname@example.org haven’t had your free flu jab yet ailments like colds and flu, we always dial 999 for an this year, contact your GP can all play our part in reducing ambulance. Having your say Caring Christmas Trees Next CONSULTATION is an essential and important part of democratic CHARITY Christmas trees are edition... being sold in Fife this year to fund THE spring edition of Fifelife society in Fife. Fife Council and the Bethany Christian Trust’s will be coming through letter- the Scottish Government publish a consultation diary with all the drop-in services for homeless boxes from early April. It will current issues they want your people. Bethany works in Caring Christmas Trees are top take a look at what is being views on. partnership with Fife Council and quality, competitively priced and done to continue improving You’ll find a list of these in the NHS Fife. freshly cut to order from health and wellbeing across council’s Local Services Centres Last year around 600 homeless sustainable tree farms. the Kingdom – another of the across the Kingdom or online at people benefited from Bethany’s Every Caring Christmas Tree key priorities in Fife’s www.fifedirect.org.uk/ drop-in services offering shelter, helps a homeless person to Community Plan. It will also haveyoursay or food, clothing, accommodation receive shelter and support. and addiction advice and Bethany Visit www.caringchristmas include views and features www.scotland.gov.uk/ wants to open a new drop-in to trees.com or call 0845 111 8733 from Fife’s community consultations meet the demand. All proceeds to buy your tree. Volunteers are planning partners. Make sure you have your say on what’s going on. from Caring Christmas Trees sold also required – see the website in Fife will fund the new drop-in. for details. For any enquiries regarding fifelife, or if you would like a version in an alternative format, please call 08451 55 55 00 or email email@example.com, or write to the Editor, fifelife, c/o CRMS, Fife House, North Street, Glenrothes, Fife KY7 5LT.
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