Money-saving tips for warmer homes by ezb18168


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 our environment

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                                              winter flu bug

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                                                                                         Winter 2007



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
   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
   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.”
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.
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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
                                          festive fun. But  exciting new
                                                                                                                                                     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
                                                              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
               festive    tightened already rigorous
                          measures to combat infection
                                                            tomorrow’s health
                                                                                            Levenmouth and Glenrothes
                                                                                                                                                     hospital for routine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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
                                                            and West Fife,
                                                                             Dunfermline    and North

                                                                                            parts of
                                                                                                      valued and

                                                                                                                                                     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
                            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
                                                                         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                                                                                                                             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          
 go to
 events or pick up a free copy at
 your library or local services        When Christmas is a working day
                                        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.
                                                                                “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                                                                                                                                                              Scotland in your local
                                        off on Christmas Eve and             Christmas Day.                     the moment!”                         Centre, which helped boost       Opportunity Centre.                Award-winning teenager James Taylor

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Christmas wishes...                                                                                                                                    MoBUS on
                                                                                                                                                       the right route
                                                                                                                                                       PEOPLE who struggle to get
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Watch your
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.                                                                                           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                 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
                                                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             they have been closed for public
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                                                  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                                                   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                                                                                                                                                 
support due to illness, disability,                                                Dunfermline and West Fife Community Health Partnership             issue into the open, challenge                                                               
                                      Assessment and the help and                                                                                                                                                     
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         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.

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                                                                          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                                 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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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
                                                                                                                                                  8. If having fireworks, follow
                                                                                                                                                                                      11. Make sure candles and
                                                                                                                                                                                          cigarettes are completely
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Christmas. Make sure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 they are fire-safe.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             you back on
   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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             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.                                                           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.                                                                                                                                    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                                                                                                                                    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.

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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
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                                                                                                                                                   
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
   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 and                                           cut costs by improving                 telephone 0131 561 6276 or                                                     During 2007 they have
                                   volunteers in Poland.                                                         of Scotland by helping to               www.projectwoodland.             Pauline Pirie                        environmental performance.             email
                                     A group from Fife travelled to       completed conservation                 restore and conserve wild and 

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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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.                        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     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
on the Fife Structure Plan.                                               mental ill-health.                    worried about their mental          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                                                    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)     
                                       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.                     On local radio stations

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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
                                                                                                                                                                                                       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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   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
 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.”

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fifelife winter2007                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                           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
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.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   • paracetamol mixture (for
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
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
                                                                                                                                           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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       or log on to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   cautions on all medicines before
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   you decide to use them and ask
                                                                                                                                           BIG, which stands for Better in   activity.”                        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
                                       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.
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.                  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                             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

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fifelife winter2007

Spotlight on
culture and
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                  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,                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                   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
                                         wants to open a new drop-in to or call 0845 111 8733
                                                                                                                      from Fife’s community
                                         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.

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