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Citizen Advocacy in North East Fife
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Welcome to Include Me Citizen Advocacy in North East Fife

'To be an advocate is to have courage, independence and a passion for the things that matter' Kristen Uedoi


Update from Acute Learning Disability Liaison Nurse NHS Tayside

At the moment the liaison service is still running, the only difference being that we are mainly doing telephone consultations although we would visit a patient if there was a need or request to do so.

The current government advice was that those with a learning disability can have a visitor if they are admitted to hospital.

One of the Covid wards at Ninewells confirmed that if there is a need for a carer to be with a patient with a LD then they can have one carer with them as long as they are prepared to wear the correct PPE and stay in isolation with the patient.

However there will be times when there may a requirement for an  individual risk assessment to be completed.

I know that medics have been discussing with patients with Covid-19 their wishes around treatment escalation plans and resuscitation.  Would not want to alarm or cause anxiety for anyone but just to bear this in mind that it is clear what the person's  legal status is and if they have a POA or guardian or who is the most appropriate person is to support the person with these conversations.

 

What is Citizen Advocacy?

​Citizen Advocacy is when responsible local citizens volunteer to be matched with, get to know and support a vulnerable adult* who may experience exclusion or unfair treatment and who needs help to voice their opinions, be active participants in the decisions made about their lives and become part of the local community.

 

Include Me's role is to create and support ​the development of Citizen Advocacy Partnerships

 

​If you can spare a minimum of 2-3 hours per month​ and think you would like to become a  Citizen Advocate and make a difference in the life of a vulnerable adult* living in North East Fife, please contact us.

 

*A vulnerable adult is someone aged 16-65 who is affected by one, or more, of the following criteria;

  • Learning Disability
  • Physical Disability
  • Mental Health issues
  • Chronic Illness
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Early Onset Dementia
  • Personality Disorder
  • Acquired Brain Injury.

 

What is Citizen Advocacy? - A Leaflet

We have short videos describing the work of Include Me and these can be obtained by contacting the office who will be able to send them to you

Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting

We had planned to hold our AGM in June but unfortunately our venue,the Old Parish Centre, is currently closed in response to the coronavirus crisis. Our AGM will only go ahead if the current situation improves and we are not contravening government or NHS guidelines. 

If you would like to contact us please email contact@includeme.org.uk or telephone (01334) 656242

A copy of our 2019 Minutes are available here.

Coronavirus in Scotland protect yourself and others:

 

  • stay at home
  • only go outside for essential food, health and work reasons
  • stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people
  • wash your hands regularly                

Covid-19 Coronavirus Response

Following the latest developments in the spread of the Coronavirus and taking into account the guidelines and directions from Fife Council, the Scottish Government and Westminster, Include Me staff have decided that we will move to working practices which minimise the risk of spreading infection within the organisation and beyond.

For the foreseeable future we will be working remotely. This is obviously an extraordinary situation which will develop and change over time. We will respond to these developments as they occur and will adapt our working practices accordingly.

Please check our website news feed or Facebook page for up to date information.

 

 

 

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Updates


Posted on: 14-Apr-2020 by
New coronavirus helpline set up for vulnerable Scots
A helpline has been opened to provide advice to Scots who are at high risk from coronavirus and do not have a support network at home. The service is aimed at people who are older, disabled, are pregnant, or who received a flu jab for health reasons. It will connect them to local services which can help provide food and medicine as well as emotional support. The phone number is 0800 111 4000, and it will initially operate between 09:00 and 17:00. 

Posted on: 14-Apr-2020 by
Elaine and team at Tesco Cupar
Huge thanks to Elaine and the team at Tesco Cupar for the donation of pens, paper activities and baking kits from Tesco for vulnerable adults with learning disabilities and health needs who are unable to get out an about because of COVID-19. Social care staff are working very hard to support the residents with their care needs while keeping them busy, happy and safe. With this donation, you have helped support this and we greatly appreciate it. Thank you to you and the staff at Tesco for providing the service that you do to the community.  

Posted on: 14-Apr-2020 by
Sue and the team at Morrisons St Andrews
Massive thanks to Sue and the team at Morrisons St Andrews for the chocolate Easter Eggs kindly donated for staff who are supporting vulnerable adults with learning disabilities and health needs at a local supported housing service. These social care staff, like many others, are working very hard to support the residents with their care needs while keeping them busy, happy and safe. With this generous and thoughtful gesture, they have shown appreciation for these invaluable workers and the crucial service they are providing. We thank all at Morrisons very much for this, and for providing the service they do for the community.  

Posted on: 7-Apr-2020 by
Covid-19 Coronavirus Response
Following the latest developments in the spread of the Coronavirus and taking into account the guidelines and directions from Fife Council, the Scottish Government and Westminster, Include Me staff have decided that we will move to working practices which minimise the risk of spreading infection within the organisation and beyond.  [more

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