Supporting Hard-up Households - FREE training available

Archived news: published on Monday 22 Jan 2018 by Fife Council

Poverty affects a significant proportion of the Fife population and can have a big impact on many areas of peoples’ lives.  This can include their mental health and wellbeing, their ability to develop skills, find or maintain employment and can threaten basic needs such as access to food and housing. 


Full service Universal Credit was introduced in Fife in December, which will create additional challenges for many, and there is also increasing evidence about the numbers of people currently working who are struggling to make ends meet.


Fife Partnership are offering free training to support all public and voluntary sector workers in Fife with these challenges.  The courses are suitable for people who have little experience of supporting service users with these issues, to those who wish to update their knowledge and skills in these areas.  They are not designed to provide in-depth detail on welfare benefits e.g calculating benefit entitlements.


We acknowledge it can be difficult to find the time to attend a face-to-face training session. E-learning is also available free of charge - we've developed a module for Fife, which links to other e-learning already produced by Child Poverty Action Group (Scotland) - register at 


This programme complements the sessions offered earlier this year focussing on poverty awareness and supporting specific groups of people affected by changes to the benefit system.


The courses are funded by Fife Partnership, through its recommendations in Fairness Matters, the report from the Fairer Fife Commission to address poverty and inequality in Fife.


To book a place please complete the application form (under publications) or contact Kelly Higgins on 01592 226561 (internal 46561) or at


Register for elearning at


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