Getting Out And About
Blue European Parking Badge Scheme for Disabled Person
The Blue European Parking Badge Scheme is intended to help those who would be physically incapable of visiting shops, public buildings and other places unless allowed to park close to their destination. Badges are granted to those with severe walking difficulties who travel either as drivers or passengers, to registered blind people and to drivers with very severe upper limb disabilities who cannot turn a steering wheel by hand. Holders of a Blue European Badge are entitled to a range of parking concessions. You can get an application form for a Blue Badge from a Fife Council Local Service Centre or from the address listed below.
Website: http://www.bluebadgescotland.org/ or
Address: Blue European Parking Badge Scheme for Disabled Persons
Blue Badge Administration
Glenrothes KY7 5LT
Telephone: 08451 550 066
The Calvert Trust aims to provide the best possible facilities for people with disabilities to participate in adventurous outdoor activities in the countryside. It was established in 1974 and now has three centres that have been carefully designed to ensure they are comfortable and accessible to everyone. The staff have expanded and improved the range of activities and care available to people of all abilities. They provide the professional help and expertise necessary to enable visitors to get the most out of their stay. Stay for a full week, weekend or short break, fully catered or self-catering. Tailor-made activity programmes are designed to meet your needs.
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Euan’s Guide features disabled access reviews from disabled people and their friends and families. The aim of the guide is to empower disabled people by providing information that will give confidence and choices for getting out and about. It is an alternative to hours of web searching and phone calls and, most importantly, removes the ‘fear of the unknown’ when visiting a venue for the first time. As well as tourism and entertainment venues such as hotels, restaurants, bars, theatres and visitor attractions, Euan’s Guide features disabled access reviews of any place that is visited as part of everyday life such as post offices, railway stations, supermarkets and many others. Search to find a venue in your area and, if there isn’t one, write a review for the first one now! Euan MacDonald lives in Edinburgh with Motor Neurone Disease.
Fife Council Dial-a-Ride and Ring & Ride services
Fife Council's Transportation Services provides wheelchair accessible transport free of charge to individuals in the community who have difficulty accessing main stream public transport to take people from their home address to various appointments, shopping etc.
Dial-a-Ride is a free shopping service for people who have difficulty using conventional public transport. Trained staff pick up passengers from their doors and who are then driven to one of a choice of Town Centre destinations. A friend can travel with as a companion and they too will travel free. This service follows a set timetable.
Ring & Ride is a door-to-door service that must be booked in advance. The bus will call at your door and will take you anywhere within the local operating area. All the buses have very low steps or a lift and the driver is always on hand to help. Ring & Ride currently operates within the following areas:
- Levenmouth - (Leven/Buckhaven/Methil/Methilhill, Kennoway, Windygates)
- Dunfermline (including Rosyth)
You can travel anywhere within an operating area but you cannot use Ring & Ride to travel between different operating areas. For example, you cannot travel from Kirkcaldy to Dunfermline using the Ring & Ride service.
Telephone: Both services 03451 55 11 88
Forth & Tay Disabled Ramblers;
10 Ravenscraig Street;
Kirkcaldy; Fife; KY1 2AL
Homelands Trust - Fife
The Homelands Trust-Fife is an independent, Fife-based charity working to improve the quality of life of people affected by disability through the provision of top quality holiday accommodation and optional supportive day services. The Homelands estate is set in matured woodlands, garden areas and overlooks the Forth estuary. In this welcoming setting, we have recently developed four luxurious accessible cottages. Sitting alongside the cottages, there is a drop-in centre, the Paxton Centre (in memory of Miss Paxton); the building is architecturally beautiful, furnished and adapted to a high standard. The Paxton Centre is a flexible use venue with therapy, meeting rooms, kitchen areas, a reception, gardening and toilet facilities. Both the cottages and the Paxton Centre will open for use towards the end of summer 2014.
Address: Homelands Trust-Fife
29 Leven Road
Lundin Links KY8 6AH
Telephone: 01333 329039
Royal Voluntary Service Community Transport
The Royal Voluntary Service Community Transport service can provide a lift to an appointment at the doctors or hospital, someone to take you to the shops or to visit friends, help with your shopping, collecting a prescription as well as access to lunch clubs and social activities including trips and days out. All their volunteers have been Disclosure and Barring Service checked.
Kirkcaldy KY1 1TE
Telephone: 01592 269654
Southeast Mobility and Rehabilitation Technology (SMART) Centre
The SMART Centre provides a wide range of rehabilitation technology services for the South East of Scotland, covering Lothian, Fife and the Borders. These include mobility and postural services (wheelchairs and special seating), prosthetics, orthotics and bioengineering services (artificial limbs and special equipment), a Disabled Living Centre and Gait Analysis Service. We also provide a national Driving Assessment Service.
Address: SMART Centre
Astley Ainslie Hospital
133 Grange Loan
Edinburgh EH9 2HL
Telephone: 0131 537 9177
Shopmobility lends manual and powered wheelchairs and scooters to people with mobility difficulties for use within town centres of Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes and Dunfermline. With notice, a volunteer can assist with shopping – i.e. to push the wheelchair or be sighted guides.
Shopmobility also lends manual wheelchairs for longer periods of loan e.g. recovery from accident / illness and for holidays.
Although the services are free of charge, to help with the running costs of the equipment a donation box is available at each scheme.
- Thistle Street Car Park, Kirkcaldy (Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00am - 5.00pm)
- Kingdom Centre Multi Storey Car Park, Glenrothes (Monday to Friday, 10.00am - 4.30pm)
- Kingsgate Multi-Storey Car Park, James Street entrance, Dunfermline (Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 4.30pm) Current parking charges apply.
All services are closed from 1pm to 1.30pm daily.
Address: Fife Shopmobility Ltd
Thistle Street Car Park
Kirkcaldy KY1 1RQ
Telephone: 0844 335 6414