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  • Surviving Christmas and New Year

    By Tricia Smith on December 14, 2018
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    As the preparations for the festive period are getting into full swing, for many people who live in West Fife, this time of year can be very difficult. Watching others buying gifts, decorating trees and deciding what to have for Christmas dinner can enhance feelings of isolation and loneliness.  Our Citizen advocacy partnerships support people not only to have their […]
  • On his last day with DA, Ewan reflects on the past six years…

    By Tricia Smith on March 28, 2018
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    On the 16th April 2012 I started work as a Development worker with Dunfermline Advocacy. six years later and I am moving on to new challenges but I will take with me a lot of experience, lessons and happy memories. In order to ensure I don’t get to coast through the final few weeks of my employment I have been […]
  • Lonely at Christmas… but Loneliness Isn’t Just at Christmas….

    By Rachel Annand on December 20, 2017
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    It’s that time again when everyone seems to spend most of the month in a spin getting organised for the one day. For many people it’s a time of bright lights, presents, food, shopping and above all spending some time with the people who are special to us. Christmas can also be a difficult time for many people particularly those […]
  • Some final words from our Chair, John Swift, on his time with Dunfermline Advocacy

    By Tricia Smith on October 24, 2017
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    It all started with a telephone call approximately 12 years ago. Hello, my name is Barbara McKenzie, I am a Development Worker with Dunfermline Advocacy (DA) and during our recent networking someone suggested you might be able to help with the recruitment of a Citizen Advocate for a patient in Lynebank Hospital. Following my decision to volunteer as a Citizen […]
  • The evolution of our 16 year Citizen Advocacy Partnership

    By Tricia Smith on July 27, 2017
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    The evolution of our 16 year Citizen Advocacy Partnership… Barbara and Nan!     Looking back over time, what started out as some voluntary work in my spare time as a busy Mum has become something i am passionate about, event resulting in my working at Dunfermline Advocacy. The value of a long term partnership to someone vulnerable is invaluable: […]
  • #VolunteersWeekScot – David

    By Tricia Smith on June 6, 2017
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    David:  Former Short-term Citizen Advocate Volunteering at Dunfermline Advocacy has been a great experience for me. I was given the opportunity to make a positive contribution in our local community and the Advocacy provided interesting, varied challenges over the last few years.  As a short term advocate the work has been manageable and provided the opportunity to meet some exceptional […]
  • #VolunteersWeekScot Day 7 – “It’s a friendship that really makes a difference ?” (Elaine)

    By Tricia Smith on June 5, 2017
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    My name is Elaine and I am a #CitizenAdvocate for Dunfermline Advocacy I had always been interested in volunteering but never had enough time. After a change in career last year I decided to find out more about charities in the local area and felt inspired by the work and ethos of Dunfermline Advocacy. After meeting Ewan, the development worker […]
  • #VolunteersWeekScot Day 6 – Enid

    By Tricia Smith on June 2, 2017
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    I had just retired and I knew that I wanted to fill that gap in my life.. Advocacy caught my eye Enid has been matched with her Citizen Advocacy Partner Jan for almost three years.  Listen to what Enid feels about being an Citizen Advocate with Dunfermline Advocacy and how it benefits both herself and her partner Jan.  
  • #VolunteersWeekScot – Citizen Advocate and Volunteer Trustee Peter

    By Tricia Smith on June 6, 2017
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    “We get along very well together and I make a point of seeing him at least once a week.”   I first met John on 17th September 2015 and have been assisting him wherever I could since then. We get along very well together and I make a point of seeing him at least once a week. Like John I […]
  • #VolunteersWeekScot Blog – Day 3 Barclay

    By Tricia Smith on June 1, 2017
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    My Volunteering Experience with Dunfermline Advocacy I’ve been volunteering with Dunfermline Advocacy for two years.  Following my initial training I was matched  with a young man who is a long term patient in a local hospital unit.  He comes from the same part of the north of Scotland as myself, so we have some common ground to chat about.  As […]