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  • Carers Strategy - Engagement sessions

    Created: 30/10/2022, Updated: 01/11/2022

    A carer is anyone, of any age, who provides or intends to provide care for another person on an unpaid basis.

    Many people in Fife will care for a relative, friend or neighbour at some point in their life. Some research suggests that as many as 70% of us will take an unpaid caring role at some time.

    Caring for another person can be a demanding and sometimes difficult. It can help to get professional support and share experiences and ideas with other people in the same situation.

    The Fife Health abd Social Care Partnership is required to review how it supports carers every three years, and refresh its Carers Strategy to support adult and young carers in Fife.

    The review includes an extensive engagement and consultation exercise. Its approach to this includes:

    • Online and paper-based consultation questionnaire;
    • In person engagement events across the Kingdom – at least one in each locality;
    • Online engagement events – one afternoon and one evening event;
    • Separate online and in person engagement and consultation events for young carers.

    The Partnership’s Participation and Engagement Team will lead on coordination for the adult carers’ engagement and colleagues in Children and Families will lead the participation of young carers and young adult carers. Its third sector partners, including FVA, will support the engagement process for both sets of carers.

    The engagement process will take place through late November/early December.

    You can attend any of the workshops below to find out more:

    • Monday 14 November 10:00 - 12:00: Fife Voluntary Action, Caledonia House, Saltire Centre, Glenrothes
    • Monday 14 November 14:30 - 16:30: Fife Voluntary Action, East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy
    • Thursday 17 November 10:00 - 12:00: Dell Farquharson Centre, 1 Nethertown Broad Street, Dunfermline
    • Thursday 17 November 14:30 - 16:30: Maxwell Centre, 70 Stenhouse Street, Cowdenbeath
    • Friday 18 November 10:00 - 12:00: Kinghorn Community Centre, 3 Rossland Place, Kinghorn
    • Friday 18 November 14:30 - 16:30: Civic Centre, 10 Queen Street, Inverkeithing
    • Tuesday 22 November 10:00 - 12:00: Larick Centre, 10 Broad Street, Tayport
    • Tuesday 22 November 14:30 - 16:30: Corn Exchange, St Catherine Street, Cupar
    • Friday 25 November 10:00 - 12:00: Kilrenny Church Hall, 1 Kirkwynd, Kilrenny
    • Friday 25 November 14:30 - 16:30: Balmaise Community Centre, Linwood Drive, Leven
    • Tuesday 29 November 13:30 - 15:00: via MS Teams
    • Thursday 01 December 18:00 - 19:30: via MS Teams

    Carers and other interested parties are asked register to attend a session by filling out this online form or contacting the Participation and Engagement Team by phoning 03451 555 555 ext. 444484, or by e-mailing [email protected]

    Through the engagement period, interested parties will be asked to complete the online consultation questionnaire which is available here. The questionnaire will also be available in paper form on request.

    Following a detailed analysis of the results from the engagement sessions, the Partnership prepare a single Carers Strategy that reflects the priorities of carers and how they will be supported.

    The Partnership is aiming to complete the review process in early 2023 with a view to approving and publishing a refreshed strategy before the start of the 2023/24 financial period.

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