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Avoiding rogue traders
Citizens Advice Scotland have set up the Registered Trader Scheme, in association with the County’s Community Safety Team, the police and other voluntary, public and private sector agencies.
If you need the services of a trader, the scheme helps you make an informed choice. It also supports and recognises those businesses which are committed to high standards of trading.
To find further information, please use the following information.
Website: Citizens Advice Scotland
Phone: 03454 04 05 06
Another service which you may find helpful is Fife Trusted Traders, which is a scheme designed to help you avoid rogue traders and is ran by Fife Council Trading Standards.
Recommendations and comments are made by actual customers, providing feedback on their experiences. To find this list, please visit www.referenceline.com/tradingstandards/fife/.
CAPABILITY provides services directly to around 1000 disabled people at over 25 locations around Scotland, supporting people at every stage of their lives and at home, work and school. Through the schools, early years and childcare services they support not only disabled children at crucial times in their life but their families and carers. They have many services which focus on giving disabled people the opportunity to live independent lives whether that is in their own homes, participating in their local or wider community, or finding employment. For those who would like we can also provide residential and respite services. Alexander Anderson Day Service (AADS) offers a range of activities including those which support people to develop everyday living skills such as cooking and baking; budgeting; or shopping; to more physical activities such as keep-fit. Developing IT skills without the need to attend college: AADS has links with a number of colleges in the area who offer classes within the centre; you can book a time in the Sensory room or with the Aromatherapist or Beauty Therapist. AADS is also the only facility in the area to offer people the opportunity to participate in Soundbeam or access hydrotherapy. Use of the hydrotherapy pool can be supported either by AADS staff or by users own staff/ carers. If support is wanted to access activities outside the centre, AADS have links with a range of agencies and support people which give the opportunity to attend activities such as Pather Art Works, IndepenDANCE, M&Ds bowling, local sport venues and Music Works. Support is also available to allow people to meet friends for dinner or a chat; visit places of local/ national interest; or attend the theatre or concerts. To find out more please visit www.capability-scotland.org.uk or call 0131 337 9876 for more information.
Concerned about memory loss - these groups may help
The answers that you have given suggest that your memory loss is a concern to yourself or people that are close to you.
Often talking this over with an organisation, or with someone who understands this difficulty, can relieve your fears as well provide advice on what to do.
Alzheimer’s Scotland can also give you helpful information. This is not to say your memory loss is dementia related, however, this service will be able to give you advice and guidance on helping with these issues.
If you'd like to find out more about the services they can provide, please get in touch using the information below.
Website: Alzheimer's Scotland
Phone: 0808 808 3000
Alternatively, you could also talk to you GP.
ContactSCOTLAND allows you to use BSL rather than written English. It provides immediate access to numerous organisations when you need it, contacting local voluntary groups, local disability organisations, making arrangements to attend meetings etc.
Making contact using contactSCOTLAND means you have clear communication in your terms, rather than having to rely on someone else to telephone for you.
It is open 8am-12 midnight, 7 days a week for non-emergency calls only.
Phone: 0141 419 0420
Demand Responsive Transport
Demand Responsive Transport is a service in Fife that helps people who have difficulty with transport. It is available for those who are elderly, frail and/ or have disabilities, as well as anyone who is unable to access public transport (all passengers under 18yrs of age must be escorted).
They have a number of drivers and offer help with transport to hospitals, doctors, health related appointments and social journeys.
You will be asked for the date and time of your journey, the pick-up arrangements, the destination address, the approximate waiting time for the driver and any special requirements. You need to book at least 24 hours ahead. This service also has wheelchair-accessible minibuses for hire.
Fife Council also offer concessionary travel in a variety of schemes.
For further information, and to find out if you are eligible for concessionary travel, please visit www.fifedirect.org.uk/.
Energy Saving Trust Scotland
You can obtain independent energy saving advice from the Energy Saving Trust Scotland. Please call their free phone on 0800 512 012.
You may also find the Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland (also known as HEEPS) helpful. More information can be found by visiting www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland.
This is the new Scottish Government initiative to tackle fuel poverty and increase energy efficiency in homes.
Equipment for those with low vision or visual impairment
Seescape provide support for people with visual impairments, including advice and training on the latest equipment, gadgets and software that will help you live more independently, communicate easily with friends and family and enjoy your hobbies.
SeeScape also offers free NHS eye tests.
If you'd like to find out more or arrange an appointment, please get in touch using the details below.
Phone: 01592 646728
Address: Wilson Avenue, Kirkcaldy
Groups that can help with maintaining a healthy weight
You have answered that your clothes size has increased in the last 3-6 months.
If this has happened without you trying to, and is something that you would like help with you may find that exercising or participating in group activities may help. If you don’t feel confident, we have found going with someone you know might help.
Fife offer a scheme which gives price reductions on sport, leisure and cultural activities. To find out more, please visit www.fifedirect.org.uk/ and search for Fifestyle.
The On Your Doorstep Website contains information about healthy living and getting active. You'll find lots of handy tips on healthy living to help you to improve your diet and your fitness.
To find out more, please visit www.onyourdoorstepfife.org/.
Further information about Active Options fitness classes, which are suitable for those with various health conditions, can be accessed by visiting www.fifeleisure.org.uk/.
Groups that support people with mental health issues
On Your Doorstep is the leading mental health charity for Fife. They campaign vigorously to create a society that promotes and protects good mental health for all - a society where people with experience of mental distress are treated fairly, positively and with respect.
For more information, please contact them using the information below.
Website: On Your Doorstep
Phone: 01334 657421
If you would like help and advice about your career then you can contact the Fife Careers Centre using the following details.
Website: Fife Carers Centre
Phone: 01592 205472