Take up your active options in Glenrothes

Active Options Advisor, Sheila Lathangie, providing guidance to participants
Active Options Advisor, Sheila Lathangie, providing guidance to participants

Promoting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the theme of a large-scale one off patient information event being hosted in Glenrothes by NHS Fife later this month.

The event brings together 18 organisations at Rothes Halls on June 19 and will provide a comprehensive one-stop shop for support and information, offering advice and hands-ondemonstrations for people who are living with a long-term condition.

National organisations including Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland, Diabetes Scotland, Citizens Advice and the Scottish Health Council will join local outfits such as the Fife Carers Centre, Dementia Fife, Mood Cafe and representatives of NHS Fife’s Smoking Cessation programme, at the event.

One of the event’s most innovative features will be a series of practical demonstrations where visitors will be able to engage with organisations and take part in a number of workshops.

Among them will be ‘Voices Training’, where participants will learn how to give themselves a platform, interact with organisations, make a case for change and ensure that their voice is heard.

‘Active Options’ will also be available where specialists from Fife’s Sport and Leisure Trust will deliver a series of healthy living exercises designed especially for those who have heart disease, previously had a stroke or live with a respiratory condition.

Morag Maillie, vascular managed clinical network manager for stroke and diabetes, said: “This multi-sector, partnership event really does provide a one-stop shop for information, advice and guidance on living with the effects of challenging health conditions.

“For instance, aside from clinical and health related guidance, community police officers will be on hand to discuss ATM scams, the Citizens Advice Bureau will give guidance over any financial entitlements, and there will also be outlets for the provision of peer support - it truly is a comprehensive overview of living with what can often be particularly limiting conditions.

Lynne Garvey, network manager for heart disease, said: “One of the main reasons we decided to hold this event is to help inform people living in Fife over the wide range of local and national support, much of which they may not know about or have knowledge over how to access it.”