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I walked into the Kirkcaldy shop to enquire about starting as a P.A in the area. After a friendly welcome I was sat down and explained to how I would be able to become this. Some personal details were taken along with a brief note of my employment history. I was then told that the information I gave would become available for people to look at who are looking for a P.A. Since joining I have been contacted three times separately and have secured regular work with people who have looked at my profile and matched us. It`s a very friendly and effective service they provide and always happy to help in any way from training to simply answering questions.
I work sessional around my full time job and after getting ready I’ll make my way to the property I am working at. If going shopping isn’t on our daily task lists when I arrive at work,I will call to see if they need anything before I arrive. After arriving, I make us both a cup of coffee and catch up on what’s happened since I was last visiting,unless something needs urgent attention. We discuss what’s required today whether it’s shopping,cooking or a little cleaning before making a game plan for the shift. We will make a shopping list together if required and go out and purchase this together. On our return I will make a meal for him and give the place a tidy while he’s eating. He has recently moved to a new property so most shifts we are still organising what is being kept and what’s not so never a dull moment.
I love this work and built a trusting relationship with my fella. It’s very enjoyable,not like work at all.
Job Title: Self Directed Support Community Co-ordinator
Organisation: SDS Options(Fife) part of Disabled Persons Housing Service (Fife)
Hours: Part Time (17.5 hours)
Postcode: Kirkcaldy, Fife, KY1 1JN
Closing Date: 7th December 2018
SDS Options (Fife) is part of our Independent Living Project here at the Disabled Persons Housing Service (Fife). We are a user led organisation promoting all aspects of Independent Living.
The Independent Living Project aims to ensure that individuals and families have an understanding of what matters to them and how to get the best out of the Self Directed Support approach to social care. We have a team of dedicated workers who aim to support individuals and families along the whole way of their SDS journey from general awareness about options through to practical support once an option has been chosen.
We think this independent, person centred and tailored approach works but people also value opportunities to speak to and learn from others in similar circumstances. We want to help create a SDS Community in Fife that looks to share perspectives, support and learn from each other and co-produce solutions that empower individuals.
We are looking for a dynamic and creative individual who will connect people around their shared experiences of Self Directed Support This connection will take many forms, be co-produced and involve face-face and virtual connections.
We are looking for someone who:
Understands the social model of disability and the value of independent support and advice.
Feels comfortable with engaging and listening to people in direct (face-face and group) and indirect (virtual and remote) ways.
Can evidence skills, experience and knowledge in areas such as facilitation, co-production, community-building or SDS.
The post is funded by the Scottish Government until March 2021 subject to annual review. The post includes a probationary period up to 31 March 2019.
We can offer you a supportive and learning environment as part of a small team working to ensure that people in Fife get access to independent information, advice and support on housing and social care. We are in the process of restructuring our organisation and will shortly be offering enhanced terms and conditions to all staff.
If you have any questions regarding this position please contact Ian Fricker, SDS Coordinator on 01592 803282 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 7th December 2018
Interviews to be held early January
You can download their activity programme below. Please note that Marie is no longer part of the project and her phone number is not in use any more.
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There’s a Place for Everyone at Howe Rugby
Regular training for Fife Clan unified rugby team now takes place on a Wednesday evening at Duffus Park in Cupar, please see attached.
Members of unified rugby teams across Scotland are coming along to run a taster training session at 12 noon on Sunday 16th September at Duffus Park in Cupar and then playing a match against Howe of Fife Knights at 2pm. This is a great opportunity to give unified rugby a try and then watch a game. It’s also a chance to ask questions and have some fun.
Unified rugby utilises a coloured scrum cap system where the colour determines whether a player can be tackled or not. You can find out more athttp://www.trustrugby.org/.
We are recruiting players with and without learning and physical disabilities as well as established players who are interested in playing alongside them in an ‘enabler’ role.
We are also looking to have Dundee Dragons wheelchair rugby team there on the day.
A new SDS Co-ordinator to guide SDS Options Fife has been announced!
From residential and Day Care Management to the Health Sector and being part of the integration team for SDS whilst working as a Learning and development advisor for SSSC, Ian Fricker brings with him 35 years of experience and knowledge working in a range of Disability organisations.
Being centrally involved from the beginning and on the Board, Ian feels passionate about his job and holds the organisation close to his heart since co-founding it 13 years ago.
He will oversee the organisations day to day running and has taken over from Jackie Morrison. Previously Jackie created a successful organisation with a good reputation of supporting disabled people and their housing needs. The SDS addition needs to restructure to grow and develop towards a Centre for Inclusive Living to support disabled people in Fife to practice Independent Living in all its aspects.
Ian’s experience brings a participatory approach to work with Disabled People and a belief that we need a structural and systematic change to bring about an inclusive and accessible culture which only comes about with the participation and sharing of perspectives around the current systems that support Independent Living.
Ian hopes to support the tremendous work the team have been doing and particularly develop the SDS Options (Fife) service to provide Disabled People the choice, control and flexibility that matters to them in their support.
The board of Disabled Persons Housing Service (Fife) would like to express their sincere heartfelt gratitude and thanks to Jackie Morrison our Service Manager who will be leaving us on 5th July 2018.
Jackie has been majorly instrumental in making DPHS such a significant contributor towards disabled people in Fife having wider choices and more control in the ways they want to live their lives.
She has been with us from the very start, our first paid worker, way back in 2005. The board along with workers past and present recognise that without her leadership, passion and commitment this organisation would not be what it is today. Jackie’s many abilities, skills and knowledge have ensured that DPHS has grown to be recognised throughout Scotland as a leader in providing housing advice and support for disabled people and now developing a similar role in guiding people on their Self Directed Support journey.
We wish her all the very best for the future and invite you all to join us in saying farewell by coming along on Thursday 5th July between 11.00 - 12.30 or 1.30 - 3.00 to
St. Brycedale Church, St. Brycedale Avenue Kirkcaldy KY1 1ET
For further information contact Ian Fricker on 01592 803429 or email@example.com
1) How does your SDS work for you?
I get out more and to different places now. Marylin comes to me once a week on a Friday from Crossroads. We can use the low rider bus service and it's very good but sometimes we need to use taxis. Money for transport comes out of my budget. We go to the Theatre, shopping, Edinburgh and Dundee. My goal for this week is to get to Dunfermline to see a bench with name plaque's on dedicated to my friend and her husband. She passed away 2 years ago and I would like to go there and see it in person.
2) How do the payments work? Do you use an accountant?
I don’t pay anything thing. Quill does it for me.
3) How does Marylin from Crossroads assist you?
She takes me out places. She helps with light domestic duties like tidying up, ironing a few items and sometimes she hangs stuff up for me if I can't reach.
4) Has SDS made a positive difference to you life?
Yes, I can now do food shopping once a week and get big items that Marylin helps bring home in the taxi.
Congratulations to our Board Member Harry for his long service award and
Shona for her Inspirational Volunteer Award Nomination!