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  • Series of Learning, Training and Inspiring Events for Fife's Third Sector

    Created: 24/01/2018, Updated: 02/04/2018

    Transforming Fife's Third Sector


    A series of learning, training and inspiring events being held during February and March 2018


    “Fairness Matters” was published in November 2015 by the Fairer Fife Commission as part of a Fife Partnership-led strategy to tackle poverty and help the citizens of Fife live well and reach their full potential.   Many recommendations made in Fairness Matters are applicable to all sectors, but we in the third sector have a unique relationship with communities that gives us special insight and opportunity to tackle poverty and promote fairness. The third sector makes a significant contribution in the areas of physical and mental health, employability, disability, loneliness, long-term unemployment and other challenges that many of us face.  Our sector works at the coal-face of deprivation, so we have an increasingly important role to play if we are to achieve our ambitions of a Fairer Fife.

    Since 2016 the Third Sector Strategy Group (TTSG) has been developing a new strategic approach to addressing inequalities and promoting fairness through a series of civic conversations and events involving hundreds of contributions, culminating in a large event in Rothes Halls in November. With support from Fife Council and Fife Voluntary Action, we are now running a series of capacity building events in February and March 2018 with the aims of:

    • further strengthening our commitment;
    • enhancing our relationships; and
    • developing a clearer sense of our shared purpose.


    Attendance at these events is free of charge, thanks to funding support from Fife Council.  We can also support travel expenses for those using public transport (prior approval is required if you wish to claim).  Due to the costs involved, the limited number of places and significant opportunities these session present, we will charge a non-attendance fee if you book a place and don't attend (we won't charge a non-attendance fee if you cancel with notice - full details can be found in the Terms and Conditions). 


    Inspiring a Fairer Fife

    A series of challenging provocations leading into civic conversations that will explore what a fairer Fife could look, feel and taste like. 

    Each event starts with a networking breakfast and two short provocations by inspiring speakers followed by small group dialogue. They end with a harvest of questions and insights to help shape our sector’s approach to tackling inequalities and promoting fairness in Fife.

    These events are particularly geared towards the third sector but key partners and allies are also invited. These are opportunities to consider the bigger picture and share ideas and experience from those who work on the ground and/or who have experience of unfairness. 


    10th April – 8:45am – 11:30am

    Balbirnie House, Markinch, near Glenrothes

    The second event features:

    Kate Picket - co-author of  The Spirit Level

    is a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of York and a National Institute for Health Research Career Scientist. She studied physical anthropology at Cambridge, nutritional sciences at Cornell and epidemiology at Berkeley before spending four years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago. Her work, with Richard Wilkinson, on The Spirit Level was shortlisted for Research Project of the Year 2009 by the Times Higher Education Supplement, and their book was chosen as one of the Top Ten Books of the Decade, by the New Statesman.

    Margaret Hannah Director of Public Health in Fife

    Margaret’s words: 

    “We have a Fairer Health in Fife plan to consciously improve the health of people who for one reason or another are given a disadvantage in terms of achieving good health.  I support new ways of working for all those people who have a lead role to play in making a difference on the ground (through) the recommendations from Fairness Matters.  For me, a fairer Fife would mean

    • Fewer babies being born with low birth weight
    • More children entering school fit and confident, ready to learn
    • Fewer young people with mental health problems, low self esteem, self-harming, drug or alcohol problems, feeling suicidal
    • Fewer adults with avoidable disease and fewer accidents in the home
    • Finally better health and wellbeing for everyone – it’s the differences between those who are doing well and those doing not so well that is the biggest determinant for health overall in our population.”

    To book a place please click here


    23rd April – 8:45am – 11:30am

    Balbirnie House, Markinch, near Glenrothes

    Please note: this event is the rescheduling of an event that had to be cancelled due to adverse weather in March.

    The third event features: 

    John Carnochan  - Innovator of the Violence Reduction Unit in Glasgow

    John’s career in the police force culminated in his taking on the role of the head of the Violence Reduction Unit in Glasgow and he has long had a strong focus on preventative techniques, compassion and understanding of the conditions in which people live and enhanced community engagement.   His work contributed to  massive reduction in the violence that had plagued Glasgow for many decades, and he now tours and speaks regularly on the themes he uncovered during his time at the Unit.

    Links for more info on John’s work below:

    Wavetrust Article

    Sunday Herald Article


    Jacky CloseDevelopment Coordinator – Faith in Community Dundee

    Jacky’s words:  “Who are the real experts in understanding inequality? Who can inform and inspire significant changes within our communities, services, region? Who often has no voice, no influence, no opportunity to inform change? Fairness can only be achieved when we enable and involve those with personal experience of poverty, bringing them into the same room as people with influence, creating conversations where change can happen. As the Third Sector we have an important role in creating space for these conversations.”

     Jacky facilitates Dundee Fighting for Fairness, a collaborative process where the real experts in the room, the Community Commissioners, are in a position to influence change through their experiences and ideas.

    To book a place please click here

    We look forward to seeing you there!


    Engaging with Confidence

    12th April – 10:00am – 1:00pm

    New Volunteer House, Kirkcaldy

    The National Standards for Community Engagement were originally launched in 2005 and since then have been widely accepted by a range of practitioners as key principles for effective practice.  During 2015/2016 the National Standarrds for community Engagement were reviewed and updated.  The aim of this review was to reflect the developing policy and legislation relating to community empowerment in Scotland and to build on the growing range of practice.

    Engaging with Confidence” will be a half-day session delivered by the Scottish Community Development Centre inviting third-sector-based attendees to reflect on how they engage with communities.

    We will look at the National Standards for Community Engagement in some depth and will be exploring questions around:

    • Meeting community expectations and needs
    • Developing robust approaches to community engagement (avoiding tokenism)
    • Developing and using community engagement methods that are fit for purpose
    • Exploring the concept of co-production approaches to working with communities

    The short course will feature both training/mentoring and participatory sessions.

    To book your place, please click here


    Leaders of Fairness 

    17th April – 9:30am – 3:00pm

    Rothes Halls, Glenrothes 

    Led by Fife's Third Sector Strategy Group

    A participatory event to celebrate progress and plot the direction of the third sector's journey and contributions to a Fairer Fife. 

    With leaders of community and voluntary organisations who are driving changes that will transform Fife into a region that is safe, happy & healthy for all.

    Come and explore how we might together increase the third sector's impact in reducing inequalities and promoting fairness.

    The day will start off with an overview of the Third Sector Strategy Group's journey so far followed by a presentation of values and themes that have emerged from conversations and collaborations over the last year - and key actions for the year ahead. 

    Following this will be opportunities to see, hear and share who is doing what and what change is in the air. Space will be provided in the afternoon for participants to bring ideas, questions and suggestions for the future.

    To book your place, please click here

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