MORE Communities at the Centre - Lunch and Launch, 30th March 2016
On Wednesday 30th March 2016 colleagues from across the CHEX network came together for a 'lunch and launch' of our latest case studies of community-led health:
MORE Communities at the Centre.
The event was a chance for people to hear directly from the people have worked at, volunteered for and used the organisations featured in the publication - each highlighting good practice and valuable lessons about their community-led approaches.
The organisations featured were:
- Collydean Community Connections in Fife
- Craigend Resource Centre in Inverclyde
- Just Like Us in Glasgow
- Old Knock School in the Isle of Lewis
- Ripple Project in Edinburgh
While they have different starting points, a mixture of expertise and experience and varying levels of support, they all have a common goal of involving community members in the health priorities that matter to them. The case studies show the significant contribution each organisation makes to health and wellbeing in their local communities.
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It was great to hear the personal insights and stories of the impact that these organisations have had - both on their local communities and people's lives.
It was an inspiring day and we had some excellent discussion about how to take these stories further. We'll be producing a write up over the next few days but you can catch up on the event hashtag - #MoreCommunities.
You can also download the publication here.
Are you a community-led organisation?Do you enhance people’s health and wellbeing?
If the answer to both these questions is yes then please read on.
CHEX provides support to a wide network of community-led health initiatives and their public sector partners who are tackling health inequalities in communities across Scotland. They develop good practice, share information and influence national health and social care policy.
By becoming a member of the CHEX Community-led Health Database your organisations can:
- Spotlight your work
- Be easily found by those looking for local community-led health organisations
- Make links with other organisations doing similar work, from across Scotland
- Be the first to hear about upcoming events, reports, funding and health & social care policies
The CHEX Community-led Health Database is free to join and has members from across Scotland. You can sign up HERE
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Participation request consultation, focus groups and SCDC briefing
As part of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act, participation requests provides a process for communities to request to work alongside public sector bodies to improve outcomes, and sets out duties on how public service authorities deal with such requests. They provide an opportunity for communities to set the agenda around how to tackle the needs or issues they have identified, and to become involved in helping to achieve the changes or improvements they are looking for.
Scottish Government regulations will provide more detail about how participation requests will work in practice. Statutory guidance will provide advice about how they should be used by communities and public service authorities. The Scottish Government is now consulting widely on the development of the regulations and statutory guidance. View the Scottish Government consultation here.
SCDC has produced a briefing which explains this process in more detail. We will also be supporting the formal Scottish Government consultation by working with a wide range of people from communities of place and interest to inform the draft regulations and the content of the statutory guidance.
We will be running a series of focus groups followed by an online survey (later in spring) to gather your views.
Find out more here.
Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 - Summary page
The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act received Royal Assent on 24 July 2015 and is a significant step towards communities having greater influence or control over things that matter to them.
SCDC has produced a dedicated page which acts as a central location for materials on the Act, published by SCDC, CHEX, the Scottish Government and other stakeholders.
It includes details about all the on-going consultations related to Act, including how you can contribute your views.
View the page here.
Creating a Healthier Scotland - summary report
The Scottish Government has published its 'Creating a Healthier Scotland' summary report, detailing the key issues that have been raised since the process began last August.
A series of events, online surveys and discussions groups led to this report, with people asked about their views around health and social care in Scotland. The reports notes that more than 9,000 people attended conversation events - with 240 taking place across Scotland.
The main themes that came out of the conversation were:
- The need for a greater focus on preventing illness
- The importance of mental health and wellbeing
- The themes of person-centred care, support to self-manage health and the importance of a holistic approach
- Increased awareness of the full range of social care services and how it benefits different people
- The need for more accessible and flexible services
- Recognition of the challenges ahead and the need to set clear priorities for the future.
Read more here.
Increase the pace towards transformational change say Audit Scotland
A lack of national leadership and clear planning is preventing the wider change urgently needed if Scotland’s health and social care services are to adapt to increasing pressures, according to a new report by Scotland's spending watchdog Audit Scotland.
Following on from their annual review of the NHS published in October 2015, the new report, titled Changing Models of Health and Social Care, looks at the growing need to create new ways of working to cope with the impact of these and other pressures, including an ageing GP workforce and a tough financial climate for public spending.
Read more from The Alliance here.
Supporting families and communities
Charities supporting children, families and adult learning will be invited to apply for a share of a new project fund that will award £2 million over the next two years.
The Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund has already supported over 100 third sector organisations, benefiting thousands of children, families and communities across Scotland, by providing more than £14 million worth of core funding that enables them to deliver their services.
This new element of the fund is designed to enable charities to bid for project funding that will allow them to deliver fresh and innovative ideas, beyond their core work.
Applications will be invited in the summer for a share of £1 million that will be made available in 2017/18, with a further £1 million to be available in 2018/19.
Community Capacity & Resilience Fund – Interim Report
The Community Capacity and Resilience Fund focuses on small, local, grassroots, community-based organisations to pilot ideas that will help them mitigate the impact of welfare reform and social inequality. It is designed to provide easier access to funding for those organisations that might not have had the opportunity or capacity to do so before.
SCVO has produced a report on the fund, which notes:
- The Fund appears to be opening up resources for organisations who might not otherwise apply for national government funding.
- Testimonials appear to show that the Fund is highly valued and being used in innovative ways by organisations mitigating welfare changes for people in crisis.
- A particularly important element of the Fund is the intensive support provided to grant recipients and the flexibility of the reporting back requirements.
- Providing space for peer support and sharing of learning for those in receipt of the funds also appears to be particularly valued.
New report highlights how Glasgow is changing
This new GCPH report looks in detail at how health and life expectancy are changing in Glasgow and explores the changes to the city’s population, housing, environmental and socioeconomic circumstances over the last 20 years.
Glasgow: health in a changing city shows that life expectancy across the city is improving – but there are some longstanding issues and new trends which need attention.
Key messages from the report highlight:
- Life expectancy in Glasgow is improving, but the longstanding gap in life expectancy between Glasgow and Scotland, has not narrowed.
- Over the last 15 years, male and female life expectancy has improved in both affluent and deprived areas across the city. For men, however, a persistent gap of at least 13 years has existed between the most and least deprived areas since the 1990s.
- There are emerging concerns for women. The female gap in life expectancy between the most and least deprived areas has widened, from 8.1 years to 10.7 years since the 1990s. Improvements in female life expectancy have not been as great as for men, meaning the gender gap has also narrowed.
With welfare reform continuing to dominate the headlines, CHEX brings you some of the latest news from around Scotland relating to welfare and community-led health:
Latest welfare reform news
News from other networks
- Research by Sheffield Hallam University reveals the uneven impact that welfare reform will have on people and the places they live in the UK.
CHEX has found the following e-bulletins interesting over the last fortnight.
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Diversity Week 2016 (5th to 11th September)
FCE is getting ready for Diversity Week 2016! Get involved now and join the planning group shaping the week of activities for September this year. The theme this year is 'Modern Families'.
We are seeking families who have interesting stories to tell, especially those who overcome a range of obstacles or barriers to become a family unit.
We welcome organisations and community groups to hold their own events during the diversity week. A small grant will be available to those groups who do not receive funding.
We need performers and entertainers for our diversity gala being held on 11 September at the Adam Smith Theatre. At the diversity gala, we will have lots of spaces for groups to display their information and present their services and products. We are also looking to recruit stall holders to sell garments, jewellery and dried food to celebrate the Eid festival.
We also need a lot of volunteers to help us organise events throughout the week. We are particularly keen on hearing from volunteers who have experience in stage management and marketing.
To contribute or for more information, contact Nina.
Stick Your Labels Campaign
The Stick Your Labels campaign was initially launched in 2010/11 to challenge the stigma of poverty.
It emerged from a working group set up by the Poverty Alliance, which involved people with direct experience of poverty, who developed a series of statements which the leaders of the five main political parties signed up to.
The aim of the campaign since then has been to highlight the negative impact of attitudes around poverty.
We have launched a short film highlighting the myths about poverty, made with people living on low incomes, and have attempted to keep issues of attitudes in the public eye. For more information, and to watch the film, click here.
SIAA 2016 Manifesto
The Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance believes that, in order to create a Scotland that is equal and fair, we need to uphold the rights of marginalised people and listen to their views, opinions and voices. To ensure access to independent advocacy current legislation and policy needs to be fully implemented. The right to access independent advocacy needs to be included in relevant future policy and legislation.
SIAA would like to see:
- Those with a statutory right to independent advocacy having access to it when they need it.
- Advocacy being available to more people without a statutory right when they need it.
- People having access to different types of advocacy; collective and individual to meet their needs.
- Local needs assessments carried out and strategic plans for advocacy put in place in all LA and NHS Board areas.
- Groups and individuals being involved in planning both locally and nationally.
- All advocacy organisations having a minimum three years funding cycle.
The full Manifesto can be found here – SIAA_Manifesto_2016
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Consultations and surveys
CFHS annual networking conference 2016
CFHS hosted a national networking conference in October 2015. This was an opportunity for participants to network with other community food colleagues. The aim of the conference was to provide a valuable day for those involved in tackling health inequalities through community food activity. Thoughts now move to the CFHS 2016 conference!
As always CFHS is keen to engage with those with an interest in community food and would welcome your involvement in the planning and delivery of this year’s event. This is a great opportunity to help shape our CFHS networking event and to be involved in a national event. It would involve attending a planning session planned for May (tbc) and communication over email as well as attendance at the actual event if possible.
If you would like more information at this stage or would like to be involved please contact email@example.com.
Food Insecurity Network Scoping Study
Do you deliver emergency food aid? Do you provide advice to people who use emergency food? Are you active in community growing projects?
Oxfam Scotland, working in collaboration with key partners including the Poverty Alliance, Nourish, Child Poverty Action Group Scotland and Faith in the Community Scotland, are exploring the development of networking activity to help identify and challenge the causes of food insecurity, and to work together towards a more collaborative, effective and sustainable response. The scope and scale of this proposed project has yet to be determined, but draft objectives include:
- Sharing Best Practice and Enhancing Evidence
- Supporting Strong Local Networks
- Building a Movement for Change
As we develop our plans for this project we want hear the views of a range of organisations across Scotland – groups providing advice and support to people who may use emergency food aid, community food and health projects, statutory bodies with an interest in the issues, as well as those directly providing food aid.
Please complete this brief questionnaire here. Please complete the survey by 24 March 2016. To discuss the study in more detail please contact Mary Anne Macleod, Research Officer at the Poverty Alliance: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Developing the Scottish Government’s next Mental Health Strategy
Scottish Government wants your thoughts on what’s important in mental health and what actions to take. This is to inform policy development work for a new Mental Health Strategy. Please email Lauren Murdoch at the Scottish Government, email@example.com.
The Scottish Government expect to publish a new Mental Health Strategy later this year that we anticipate will run over the next Parliamentary term.
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A life without dignity: Findings of the Poverty Truth Commission on Food Poverty
This report outlines the experiences of people who have dealt with food poverty issues:
"It was felt that their voices were generally not being heard on the subject, and wanted to articulate their stories: identifying where change was needed and offering possible solutions. At the heart of this was the feeling that being food insecure is an affront to a person’s dignity."
Creating a Fairer Scotland summary report
The Scottish Government has produced a summary report for the 'Creating a Fairer Scotland' conversation that has taken place over the last few months.
The aim of this report is to provide a snapshot of the key issues raised during the Fairer Scotland discussions. Given the breadth of those discussions, this report includes many ideas about policy reserved to Westminster and proposals for business and other sectors, as well as covering issues devolved to the Scottish Parliament.
In summarising the wealth of information received, they have identified five core themes that reflect your views. These are:
- Work and living standards.
- Homes and communities.
- Early years, education and health.
- Community participation and public services.
- Respect and dignity.
Read more here.
EHRC: New report reveals society’s most disadvantaged people fall further behind
England's most disadvantaged groups have fallen further behind the rest of the population and risk being increasingly locked out of opportunities, according to a major new report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
HSCI Guidance: Facilitating the Journey of Integration
This guide is designed for use by a broad audience of those helping to support Integration Joint Boards as they establish themselves and begin to formulate their shared strategic vision for the partnership.
In considering the unique support requirements of Integration Joint Boards and their members, it is important to recognise that individual members will bring a variety of different skills, knowledge and understanding of particular issues to the Board.
It is recommended that to support development approaches, IJBs start to collect data and insights that allow for the establishment of individual and collective development programmes. This will help to ensure that IJB members have the skills, knowledge and support to carry out their roles and ensure that they effectively scrutinize the governance arrangements which are in place.
Pulling in different directions? The impact of economic recovery and continued changes to social security on health and health inequalities in Scotland
This is an update to the baseline report Making a Bad Situation Worse?, published on 2nd October 2013. It provides an update on developments in the social security system and changing economic context and monitors relevant changes in population health and health inequalities in Scotland. It also presents findings from a rapid review of the literature to identify whether and which subgroups of the Scottish population have been disproportionately affected by the social security reforms.
Bringing together physical and mental health – The King’s Fund Report
The King’s Fund publishes a new report which shows that the psychological problems associated with physical health conditions, and vice versa, are costing the NHS more than £11 billion a year and care is less effective than it could be. The report argues that by integrating physical and mental health care the NHS can improve health outcomes and save money.
Mental Health Foundation - Housing and Mental Health
Having somewhere safe and warm to live is fundamental to our mental health and wellbeing, so this month we published a new report on Mental Health and Housing. The report’s focus is “How do different types of supported accommodation meet the needs of people with mental health problems?” and makes recommendations for effective housing solutions to meet these needs.
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Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund 2016 - 17 now open
Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) manages the Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund (SIALF) on behalf of the Scottish Government. The aim of the £500,000 one-year Fund is to support community-based projects tackling social isolation. To be eligible organisations should have an annual income of under £250,000. Grants of up to £20,000 are available.
The deadline for applications is 20 May 2016. Funded projects will be delivered between July 2016 and June 2017, by which time all activities should be concluded and all grant money spent.
Tackling Sectarianism: Small Grant Fund
In June 2013 the Scottish Governement Minister for Community Safety announced there would be funding available for a Small Grant Programme aimed at supporting community-based work to increase understanding and/or contribute to tackling intra-Christian Sectarianism in Scotland.
The second tranche of funding for the Small Grant Programme will run from 2015 -16. Funded projects must help build our understanding of:
- The problems caused by sectarianism in different communities and ways in which these problems impact on the lives of the people living in those communities;
- The impact that the projects and activities delivered have on individual communities and the lives of the people living in those communities; and
- What communities want to do to tackle the sectarian problems they are experiencing and how they can work together to deliver the change that they themselves want to see in their community.
Projects must also help to develop work that supports the development of volunteers and volunteering activities. Funded projects will be supported to work collaboratively with other organisations in their geographic area including linking with local structures such as Community Planning and Community Safety Partnerships. More info here.
CashBack for Communities – Small Grants Scheme (Scotland)
The next closing date for applications to the CashBack for Communities small grants scheme is the 1st June 2015.
Cashback for Communities is a Scottish Government initiative that uses funds recovered from criminal activity to support positive activities for young people. Through the scheme Volunteer lead youth groups in Scotland can apply for funding of up to £2,000 to enhance their programmes for young people and get their projects off the ground. The scheme can provide up to £1,000 to support the start up costs of new projects or groups or up to £2,000 to support projects run by existing local groups.
CashBack got Communities is a partnership of six national, volunteer-led youth organisations; Scottish Council - The Scout Association, Girlguiding Scotland, Boys Brigade, The Girls' Brigade in Scotland, Clubs for Young People (Scotland) and Youth Scotland and to eligible the applicant needs to be a member of one of the six partnership organisations listed above.
More info here.
Scotch Whisky Action Fund
The Fund is looking to support and develop a range of projects/initiatives which will deliver targeted interventions designed to tackle alcohol-related harms across three themes: Young people (aged under 18) / Families / Communities. Awards of up to £25,000 for a one year period can be made through this Fund. The closing date us 30th June 2016.
More info here.
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WestGAP Skill Share
WestGAP invites you to take part in our Skill Share at The Art School on Saturday 2nd April. Our Skill Share plans to bring groups, activists and researchers together to learn both the strategical and practical ways to fight poverty in our communities. We feel our service would benefit from learning from the skills and the experiences of others fighting poverty and the surrounding issues and we hope that you will to!
Saturday, 2 April 2016 from 11:30 to 16:00, The Art School: GSA Students' Association - 20 Scott Street, Glasgow G3 6PE, United Kingdom .
Imagining North Shields Workshop
Community Development & Engagement in North Shields: From the National Community Development Project to ‘My Community’
This workshop will re-examine the achievements and challenges of the North Tyneside Community Development Project of the 1970s, considering the legacies and lessons for community development and engagement today. We will discuss findings of a recent research project, Imagine North East, and engage in conversation with interested residents, community workers, other third sector and local government workers, policymakers and academics.
Imagine North East is part of a UK-wide research project, Imagine - Connecting communities through research, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. The focus of Imagine is ‘civic participation’ - how people get involved and influence life in their communities. The research project is coordinated in the NE by Durham University, and involves 12 community-based partner organisations in Benwell and N Shields. In this workshop we will focus on N. Shields and N. Tyneside.
10.00am – 3.30pm, Wednesday 13 April 2016, The Meadows, Waterville Road, North Shields, Tyne and Wear NE29 6BA
Booking a place: This event is free, but booking is essential as places are limited. For more info and to book, click here.
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Conferences and seminars
Health Inequality Seminar – Mental Health and Wellbeing of Adolescence.
Health Inequality Seminar – Mental Health and Wellbeing of Adolescence The seminar will summarise the recent report by Carolyn Black and Chris Martin which is looking exclusively at data from two standard measures used in the SALSUS survey with 26,000 adolescents in Scotland in order to draw conclusions about young people’s mental health & wellbeing and emphasise trends.
Wednesday 13th of April 2016, 12.30pm-2.30pm (coffee 12.30-1pm) Edinburgh City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh. More info here.
It will also include an update on the review of children’s and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing service and support for Edinburgh, and will be discussing what needs to be included as part of ‘Sense of Belonging 2’ – Our second joint strategy for improving the mental health and wellbeing of people in Lothian.
National Conference – “Caring for all our Carers”
Following the success of the conference last November, The Knowledge Exchange Partnership Limited are delighted to attach a copy of the Conference Programme here and Booking Form here for the above conference and would be delighted to welcome you to listen to what there speakers will be saying.
The theme of the conference is to highlight the conditions of both paid Care Workers and Unpaid Carers and how best they can offer continuity of care to patients which is vital especially to those who are more vulnerable than others.
They have confirmed top rated speakers from both the Care Industry and Unpaid Carers and have Rami Okasha from the Care Inspectorate talking about the changes to the National Care Policy which will come into effect soon. The organisers are also fortunate to have confirmed our Project Engagement Lead, Tommy Whitelaw from the ALLIANCE Scotland as one of there speakers, who has spoken at events throughout the length and breadth of Scotland and whose Presentation is not to be missed.
28/04/2016 at 08:45am, Glasgow. More info here.
VHS Health Inequalities Research In Scotland: Knowledge Exchange Conference
Voluntary Health Scotland (VHS) is hosting a one-day conference to explore research into health inequalities in Scotland. The knowledge-sharing event plans to bring together a range of sectors and organisations from across Scotland to discuss research into the causes, nature and how to tackle health inequalities.
The conference will be chaired by Martyn Evans, Chief Executive of the Carnegie UK Trust. Conference speakers include Neil Quinn, Co-Director at the Centre for Health Policy at the University of Strathclyde, with more information announced soon at www.vhscotland.org.uk.
Wednesday 1 June 2016, University of Stirling. While bookings will be opened shortly, you can register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are also opportunities for partners, supporters and sponsors to be involved. Simply contact Lauren Blaire to discuss via the email listed above or tel: 0131 474 6190.
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One Digital in Falkirk
CVS Falkirk and SCVO are bringing the One Digital programme to Falkirk third sector organisations, with two separate one-day training courses, Making Digital Work on Thursday 5th May, and Making Digital Everyday on Friday 6th May.
Making Digital Work focuses on enhancing the digital skills of your own organisation in order to better deliver your services, while Making Digital Everyday aims to help organisations discover the best ways to help service users use basic digital skills.
Human Rights and its Implications (Free*)
For further information, or assistance identifying which of the training courses best suits your needs, please contact Laura Jamieson by phone: 01324 692000, or email: email@example.com
This course aims to broaden participants’ knowledge of the primary human rights and a number of core international treaties with the goal of assisting them with their service delivery.
This course is for anyone wishing to learn about human rights, but it is especially useful for professionals who are responsible for campaigning, communications, advice and support as well as fundraising in the Third Sector.
1/2 Day Course - Monday 25th April, 1pm - 4pm. More info here.
NHS Health Scotland's Virtual Learning Environment
NHS Health Scotland have developed two new eLearning modules in collaboration with experts and learning representatives from across Scotland.
These modules aim to increase awareness and encourage action on reducing health inequalities, as well as focusing on specific areas relevant to the needs of the target audience.
The modules are:
Health inequalities awareness – for staff in all sectors who have, or could have, a role to play in reducing health inequalities.
Tackling health inequalities within health and social care – for staff working in the health and social care sector. It explores the findings from the Working for Health Equity: the role of health professionals report and information produced by NHS Health Scotland.
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Volunteer opportunities with the Speaking Out project
Speaking Out: Recalling Women’s Aid in Scotland is an HLF-funded project led by Scottish Women’s Aid in partnership with Glasgow Women’s Library, Women’s History Scotland and the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Gender History and it is recording and documenting the history of Women’s Aid in Scotland. As part of this project we are looking for volunteers who want to learn about women’s history, the history of Women’s Aid in Scotland and who want to learn some new skills. More info here.
Young Person’s Community Counsellor
The Junction is an award‐winning, safe, confidential service offering health and wellbeing education support and information to young people aged 12‐21 primarily in North East Edinburgh.
We are looking for a Community Counsellor to provide counselling for young people within The Junction’s unique nested provision model. The role offers the chance to provide counselling whilst also engaging with the community on a number of levels.
The role holder will be expected to embrace and contribute working within a peer based model. Closing date for applications: Wednesday 6th April 2016. More info here.
Research Associate- University of Glasgow - Research Institute of Health and Wellbeing
The MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (SPHSU), in partnership with The Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH), is seeking to strengthen its interdisciplinary team by making a joint appointment (0.5fte in SPHSU/0.5fte in GCPH) in epidemiologic research.
This post will focus on analysis of complex population health interventions to improve our understandings of inequalities in health and make a leading contribution to the cross programme statistical support and analysis function of both organisations.
Closing date: 10 April, more info here.
The Croft, Visitors’ Support and Advice Centre, HMP Barlinnie- Support Worker
The role involves outreach work in the public areas of the prison, creating a welcoming environment and supporting people with information, advice and signposting. The ideal candidate will have experience working in a Prison Visitors’ Centre or similar setting; we are particularly looking for someone who has experience working with children and young people.
Closing date for applications 11 April; interviews 27 April. More info here.
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New Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory Website
The Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory (SLDO) has launched a new website at https://www.sldo.ac.uk/
The Observatory has been set up to provide better information about the health and health care of people with learning disabilities and people with autism in Scotland. The Observatory will generate and translate information into knowledge, that is designed to inform actions, practice and policy to benefit people with learning disabilities and people with autism.
Comments and feedback on the website are welcome, please send these to firstname.lastname@example.org
On Your Doorstep
A site where you can search for community groups, organisations, information or support in Fife. You can visit the site here.
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