A housing charity for disabled people has moved to a more high-profile site on Kirkcaldy High Street to cope with increasing demand.
Disabled Persons Housing Service Fife (DPHS), which has dealt with almost 400 calls since January, is now operating from more accessible premises at the Merchant’s House.
Demand for help has doubled, partly fuelled by welfare reform changes, including the bedroom tax.
Co-ordinator Jackie Morrison said: “Without a doubt there has been a sharp increase in queries and cases which we did anticipate and this community need was one of the reasons our disabled directors wanted us to be in a community based office where people could easily access our help.
“Not only are we busier than last year, but we have noticed a difference in the types of cases.
“This is good as we are here primarily to help someone who doesn’t know what their housing options might be – socially renting, mid market rent, housing assocations, private let, home owners, adaptations, down sizing, private retiral, sharing, the list goes on!
“The cases that are “walk in” are people who really don’t know where to turn.”
The charity delivers action plans as opposed to advice only, but can also point people to the right place, if appropriate.
DSHP, together with Plan B, is also running workshops and information sessions on housing and related topics.
A series entitled “Free Financial Health in Later Life” will cover items such as wills, trusts, power of attorney, managing sale of assets and pensions.
The first session ‘My Money in Later Life - Plan Ahead’ takes place on Wednesday, March 5 from 10.30 a.m until 1.00 p.m.
The free informal sessions also offer one-to-one ‘Ask the Expert’ opportunities.
Janice Burt, Housing Mentors 55+ worker added: “At our AGM in November many customers expressed concerns about money and planning ahead in later life.
“We took a note of the topics they were worried about and we are now in a position to deliver these. We have some spare places and are pleased to open them up to anyone who is interested.”
Call (01592) 803280, email firstname.lastname@example.org or pop into the office at 339 High Street.
For more information visit: www.dphsfife.org.uk