Our Social Impact

We already have a long history in delivering wide and varied prevention activities to improve safety at national, community and individual levels. We take pride in the work we do and the difference we can make.

Socialimpactpledge LogoIn 2016 we signed up to the Social Impact Pledge, a Scottish Government initiative aimed at increasing the social impact of public sector organisations across Scotland. We whole-heartedly took up the challenge of the Pledge to increase the positive impact we make and to use of our assets – our buildings and our people - better for increased community benefit. 

Each year we asked to identify three commitments, these should be something that we do differently, an increase or change of activity for example. Following a well-supported service wide request to submit details of relevant initiatives or projects, the Engagement Committee of the Board have selected our first three commitments.  These are:-

Commitment 1

By participating in our Fireskills Employability Award Programme we aim to improve the employment chances of young people.

The Fireskills Employability Award is designed to suit a wide range of learners and can be delivered in any environment.  Fire and Rescue Services have delivered many successful youth engagement programmes but this is the first we will deliver which enables young people up to the age of 25 to gain 4 credit points against the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework.

The programme’s well-developed structure focuses on building safety knowledge and awareness while promoting positive citizenship and developing transferrable skills.  It is flexible enough to be delivered to any target group anywhere in Scotland by any blend of positive role models.  Due to its inclusivity, it also has the potential to encourage future recruitment prospects for minority groups into the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

CONTACT

Alistair Macintosh, Youth Engagement Officer

alistair.macintosh@firescotland.gov.uk | Tel: 01698 402202

Commitment 2

By working closely with our partners we aim to make homes safer for people at a higher risk of unintentional harm.

Recent figures show that 64% of emergency admissions in the Scottish Borders were a result of falls at home and three out of four of these were people over the age of 75. Operating in partnership with Scottish Borders Council Safer Communities Teams, Cheviot Healthcare Teams and Home Energy Scotland this project delivers an extension to our established Home Fire Safety Visits.  Targeting higher risk groups such as the elderly and under 5s, it involves a holistic approach to the assessment of risk in the home, focusing on the prevention of slips, trips and falls.  Home Energy Scotland compliments this programme by completing home energy assessments to identify any circumstances of fuel poverty and energy inefficiency.

This commitment involves focusing joint resources on a particular issue for wider improved community outcomes.  It will positively contribute to the Health and Social Care Integration agenda, and keeping people safely in their own homes for longer.

CONTACT

Watch Manager Scott Forbes, Local Authority Liaison Officer Scottish Border

E.Melbcat@firescotland.gov.uk | Tel: 01835 824728  

Commitment 3
We will maximise the use of our Community Fire Stations to expand community safety capability and capacity.

This commitment seeks to enhance community health, safety and wellbeing by closely integrating our Community Action Team with the Perth and Kinross Councils’ Community Safety Wardens.  Perth Community Fire Station will play host to 12 Community Wardens, their Manager and Administrator.  This means close relationships can be built with our own Team to significantly expand community safety capability and capacity. For example this will include delivering joint Home Safety Visits incorporating wider risk reduction measures.

A similar arrangement is being developed in Aberfeldy where a Rural Warden will be located in our Community Fire Station there.  The Rural Warden will deliver Home Safety Visits on our behalf as well as establishing community links with services, particularly with a strong focus on Health and Social Care Integration.

CONTACT

Area Manager Colin Grieve, Local Senior Officer

colin.grieve@firescotland.gov.uk | Tel: 01382 306231

More information on the Social Impact Pledge Initiative and other organisations’ commitments is available on the Communities Channel Scotland website. 

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