Supporting Hard Up Households - New Training Programme

Archived news: published on Wednesday 01 Aug 2018 by Fife Council

‘I’ve taken away additional knowledge and understanding on the issues around poverty’ (School teacher)

‘A real eye opener on some of the myths associated with poverty’

‘I enjoyed the course and will find it very beneficial in my work’ (Family nurse)

‘Very useful in my day to day dealing with customers

‘Good mix of policy and practical’


The 2018/19 programme of FREE poverty awareness training is now available. 


The courses in this programme are relevant and valuable to anyone working with people in Fife who are on a low income or are struggling to make ends meet.  They cover a range of issues from the practical skills that will help you to recognise when someone has money worries, and what you can do to help; to more in depth skills and knowledge on specific issues related to benefits and particular groups of the population.


Based on feedback from our previous courses run by NHS Fife, Citizens Advice and Rights Fife and Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) over the past two years this programme brings together training on Universal Credit and the UK benefits system, how to identify if an individual or household is experiencing hardship and how to identify poverty and offer appropriate assistance, and - recognising the impact poverty has on wellbeing - sessions on mental health and suicide prevention.


All courses are open to all public and voluntary sector workers in Fife and are free to attend. There are various time and venue options, along with e-learning.  This training programme is funded by Fife Partnership, through the Plan 4 Fifeto tackle inequality and work towards a fairer Fife.


To book a place please complete the e-booking form or contact Kelly Higgins on 01592 226561 or


Register for e-learning at


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