Could You Foster A Child?

East Lothian Council’s Education and Children’s Services spokesperson Councillor Shamin Akhtar said:
‘We have children and young people who need foster carers urgently. We had a brilliant response to our campaign at Christmas and the foster carers recruited then have completed their home visits, disclosure checks and training and are now taking on their first young people. However, demand is always growing and we need more people to come forward very soon and give their love and support to some vulnerable children and young people who really, really need them.
‘As you know, we set great store in East Lothian in keeping our looked-after children in or very close to East Lothian, so that very vulnerable children don’t have to change schools or lose touch with their friends and wider families. Not every fostering agency thinks this is important but we do – we really see the value in not sending children far away from everyone and everything they know. So, I’d just like to say how grateful I am to all our foster carers for choosing to Foster East Lothian and for the fantastic job they do – they make a difference every day. I hope that there will be a number of people reading this article now who will also be able to make that difference and be the ones that our children so desperately need.’
To find out more about joining our East Lothian fostering team, please go to or phone us on 01620 827 643. Our next intake of foster carers takes place in September 2017.

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ELC Summer Arts Activities

East Lothian Council Arts Service have put together a fantastic programme of summer holiday activities for young people, across the County.

These include: multi art camps, streetdance, musical theatre, stagecraft, computer animation, outdoor theatre and more!

To find out more click on this link or go to and click on Summer Holiday Arts Activities on the homepage.

Activities can be booked online at .

Visit to Tranent Parish Church

Today we had an amazing visit to Tranent Parish Church for a Summer Blessing. It was a wonderful interactive service which all the children REALLY enjoyed. Thank you to Erica and Debbie for being so welcoming and planning such a great morning for us.

Mini Mudder

What a fantastic day we had yesterday for our annual Mini Mudder! Everyone had a wonderful time even though some of us were soaked by others in the burn!!

We are still getting all our pictures uploaded and sorted but will have LOADS more asap!

A huge THANK YOU must also go out to all the parents and carers who came along yesterday to lend a hand. We couldn’t have done it without you, especially Megan and her team who organise, set up and tidied up the whole event.