In this issue
Job Opportunities
for You and Your Clients
Support Assistants - Cornerstone, closing date 12 July
Deputy Manager - Markinch After School Kids Club, closing date 24 July at 12noon
Facilitator, Fairway Fife, closing date 27 July 
Development Worker, Clued-Up, closing date 29 July
Support Workers/ Support Assistants Full-time or Part-time Fife & Dundee, Sense Scotland, closing date 23 March 2016
TopJuly 2015


What a busy few months it's been! We hope some of you are getting ready to wind down for the holidays; we know we are: Pegs will be out of the office from 13 to 24 July and Christine will be out of the office from 06 to 17 July.


We're delighted so many of you were able to attend the Know Your Network event on Wednesday 10 June 2015, with over 180 participants throughout the day it really was a great success. We are in the process of pulling together the Feedback Report so watch this space!


Finally important news with regard to support for the many people affected by redundancy in Fife in the past few months. A new training fund has been established and is being managed by the Opportunities Fife Partnership. For details on eligibility and how to access it please click here. You can also find out more on the Fife Task Force here.


We have also confirmed the Fife Employability Forum dates and topics for 2015 - make sure to book your place and get those dates in your diary.


The deadline for the next e-bulletin is Friday 31 July 2015 please send any contributions to


All the best,


Christine Davison

Project Support Officer

Fife Employability ForumFEF15


Click on either link to book your place using our Eventbrite booking page. 

Dates for Your Diary

Diversity Week 07 to 13 September, Fife

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Youth Enterprise, 08 September, Glasgow

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Employability & Skills Scotland Conference 2015 is now open for bookings, 14 and 15 September, Edinburgh

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Youth Employment Convention 2015, 24 November 2015, London

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Funding Opportunities

Community Jobs Scotland 2015/16 open!


The Community Jobs Scotland Programme is still accepting applications to become a registered employer (even though the date on the website has passed SCVO are still accepting registrations from Fife). Click here to complete their online application form to become a CJS employer. The CJS is an employer recruitment programme which only third sector organisations can access. The Scottish Government fund the programme through SCVO who fund the young person's wage. To find out more click the title link.  

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Broadening horizons 143,000 for international study projects


Over 270 students from Scottish universities will have the opportunity to travel to India, China, the US and Europe as part of their studies in this year's round of the Outward Mobility Fund. Funding to be claimed by 31 March 2016.

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Morrison's Foundation


The Morison's Foundation is open to any registered charity. There is no limit to the money you can apply for, however their average is 20,000. They wish to fund a range of projects and want to know how this will make a difference to peoples lives.  

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Training and Learning Opportunities

Health Improvement Training Programme 2015-16


The 2015-2016 edition of the Health Improvement Training Programme is available now! It features a wide range of free training courses aimed at helping all those working in Fife to contribute towards building a fairer, healthier Fife. Some  courses such as safeTALK, Health Behaviour Change and Reducing Health Inequalities can be delivered in-house to meet the needs of specific services. Please contact Karen Stirling for more information.

Project Management


When: 9.30am - 3.30pm, Monday 27 July 2015
Where: Fife Voluntary Action, Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5QF

Emergency First Aid at Work


When: 9.30am - 4.30pm, Wednesday 19 August 2015
Where: Fife Voluntary Action, Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5QF

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Cyrenians - Conflict Resolution Workshops


Cyrenians are accepting applications from schools and community groups in the central belt for their free Conflict Resolution Workshops.  

There are currently three courses:

  • Full course - 6 sessions X 1 hour per week

  • Reduced course - 3 sessions X 1 hour per week

  • 1 day - 1 session X 3 hours

The courses are interactive, fun and encourage active inquiry from students and can be adapted to fit existing school approaches.

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What's on in Fife

Fife-Employability and Training Consortium Launch


On Wednesday 01 July Fife Employability and Training Consortium (Fife-ECT) celebrated the success of their first quarter of delivery as part of the Opportunities Fife Pathway and introduced their new manager Gayle Penman with a launch event at BRAG Enterprises, Crosshill. During the six month pilot Fife-ETC worked with 550 clients, progressed 114 of these into employment and delivered 656 training opportunities.

If you weren't able to join the team but would like to find out more about how they can help your clients don't hesitate to contact them on 01592 862301 or 0333 3202258 which is free from all mobiles or e-mail

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Fife Business Diversity Awards are now OPEN!


These awards recognise the efforts of individuals and organisations who promote success in the world of work for people who face disadvantage in the labour market. to find out more or to make a nomination click the title link.

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Springboard help young people take off into a culinary career 


On Wednesday 24 June Springboard held a graduation ceremony for the young people on their 'Let's Cook' programme. Read the press release and learn more about this programme by clicking the title link.

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Fife's Digital Directory


The Digital Directory explains where you can get free access to computers and the internet in Fife, and where you can learn more about how to use them.

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Clued-Up Project - On The Doorstep


On The Doorstep is operating in the Dunfermline and South West Fife areas providing access to IT and support. The purpose of this initiative is preventative work aimed at offering an easily accessible point which will attempt to educate and prepare individuals within communities who will be affected by the bedroom tax, welfare reforms and increased claimant commitment activity requirements.

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Other News

Poverty Adviser appointed


The Scottish Government's efforts to alleviate poverty and tackle inequality will be subject to independent scrutiny by Naomi Eisenstadt, appointed today by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Naomi is an expert on the impact poverty has on children, and will become the First Minister's independent adviser on poverty and inequality, recommending actions needed to tackle poverty and holding the government's performance to account. 

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Major inquiry launched into the labour market in Scotland


A major inquiry that will investigate how employment and job quality has changed since the 2008 recession has been launched by the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee. Throughout the course of its inquiry, the Committee will explore the contrasting qualities of different jobs and the impact of low wages and temporary/insecure jobs on the Scottish economy. MSPs on the Committee have today issued a call for people from across Scotland to give their views on their quality of work, and how that work has affected their health and wellbeing. The Scottish Parliament invite submissions, in writing or using their online form by Friday 21 August 2015.

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First Disability Confident city sets out bold employment ambition


Swansea's efforts to promote employment equality for disabled people have been given the official seal of approval, after being named the UK's first Disability Confident city.

The Disability Confident campaign aims to debunk the myths around employing disabled people and encourage employers to take advantage of the wealth of talent available. 

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Independent Living Fund - your transfer guide 


Guidance for users about support after the Independent Living Fund (ILF) closed on Tuesday 30 June 2015.

Now that the fund has closed, you may have service users who may want to continue to employ their own personal assistant (PA) or they may begin to do this for the first time. The information in this booklet will help them with this.

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Child poverty figures 'unacceptable'


New figures which reveal 210,000 children are living in relative poverty in Scotland after housing costs have been paid, have been condemned as 'unacceptable' by Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil. The latest Poverty in Scotland statistics showed that, after housing costs, 22 per cent of children in Scotland were faced with relative poverty in 2013/14.

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Fife Voluntary Action
Tel: 08456 006 046
Fife Voluntary Action is the Third Sector Interface for the Fife Council area.
supporting, developing and representing community groups,
voluntary organisations, social enterprises and volunteering

Registered Office: Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5QF.

Fife Voluntary Action is a Company Limited by Guarantee, Registered in Scotland No. SC203613 and Registered Scottish Charity No. SCO28457.