Living With My Condition In Fife

Fife Council & Social Work Services


Community Living Scheme
The Community Living Scheme aims to provide places in family homes for adults with disabilities, for example people with learning disabilities, mental health problems or physical disabilities/illness to enable them to live in the Community. This is long term or short term support.
Providing a service to adults with a mental health problem is a fairly new direction for the scheme, however the placements which have been made so far have proved very successful and referrals continue to be received.
Address: Community Living Scheme
Fife Council,
Rothesay House,
Rothesay Place,
Telephone: 03451 555555 Extn 446899 
Community Transport
Fife Council has a scheme whereby minibuses based in Community Use Schools and Community Centres are made available to Authorised Voluntary Organisations for social, educational and recreational purposes.
Address: Fife Council,
Bankhead Central,
Bankhead Park,
Telephone: 03451 55 55 55 Ext 441764 
Social Work
The Social Work Service is responsible for arranging social care services for people and communities in Fife. The Service seeks to provide the necessary support for people to remain in their own home and community. It protects and supports children, older people and adults and helps offenders to change their offending behaviour.
The Social Work Service can provide support and help for adults and older people in Fife. The help you receive will depend on your situation. They can offer help ranging from a simple information leaflet to full support by dedicated social care workers. Services offered include:
  • Adult placement - family-based care in the homes of carers across Fife similar to the foster care system for children.
  • Advocacy for clients - supporting people to have a stronger voice and have as much control as possible over their own lives
  • Assessment care at home - looking at your needs with you and what services you might need to meet those needs
  • Carers - arranging respite care, for adaptations around the home, for a home carer or meals on wheels
  • Changing places facilities - full sized 3m by 4m adult changing facilities in various public buildings throughout Fife
  • Community alarm service - a personal alarm system so that you can call for help in an emergency
  • Community living service - family-based care to adults with disabilities and mental health difficulties in the homes of carers across Fife
  • Community support service - support for people with a learning disability, physical disability, sensory impairments, autistic spectrum disorders and other related issues to allow them to participate in activities they would like to do
  • Deaf communication service
  • Direct payments - cash payments allowing clients to buy their own support instead of Social Services providing it
  • Meals on wheels
  • Occupational therapy service
  • Residential care for adults and older people
  • Respite care for adult carers
  • Self Directed Support
  • Supported Employment

For details of these and the other serivces offered for adults and older people see online at

The Social Work Service also offer support to children and young people and their families. This includes:

  • Corporate parenting
  • Looked After children (Children in care)
  • Children's Hearings
  • Young carers
  • Young Scot
  • Volunteering
  • Organised activities for young people
  • Hospice care for young people

For more information on these services, see online at

Address: Click here to find the nearest Fife Council Service Centre:

Telephone: Social Work Enquiries 01383 441177 
Social Work - Emergency Out of Hours Service
Fife Council provide a service for social work emergencies that take place out of office hours. Referrals are received from a range of people and agencies. Their aim is to minimise the risk to vulnerable adults and children until daytime services can become involved if necessary. A team of social workers and enhanced support workers and para-professionals operate a shift rota at all times.
Out of Hours Telephone: 03451 550099
Social Work - Home-Start
Being a parent, wherever you live, whatever your circumstances isn’t always easy. Add in pressures such as illness or financial worries, and without the support of family and friends, the stress can seem overwhelming. Home-Start offers free support, friendship and practical help to families with at least one child under 5. Families are visited regularly in their own homes by volunteers who have all had experience of parenting, and know how hard it can sometimes be.
Websites: Home Start National: Home-start national
Home-start Kirkcaldy
Home-start Dunfermline
Home-start Levenmouth
Home-start East Fife
Telephone Numbers:
Dunfermline - 01383 621349
East Fife - 01334 477548
Glenrothes - 01592 757333
Kirkcaldy - 01592 565285
Levenmouth - 01592 414511
Lochgelly - 01592 783041
Social Work - Telecare
Living independently is a concern for many people who worry about having an accident at home. Telecare can provide a range of devices and services that use new technology to enable people to live with greater independence and safety in their own homes. A wide range of sensors, monitors and devices can help manage risk and raise the alarm quickly to incidents that include:
~ Falls
~ Dementia wandering
~ Cooking accidents and fires
~ Bogus callers
~ Epileptic seizures
~ Forgetting to take medication
Telephone: 01383 441177
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