B-Aware: Breast Cancer Awareness Talks

b-awareBreast Cancer Care is the UK’s leading provider of information, practical assistance and emotional support for anyone affected by breast cancer.

At Breast Cancer Care, we promote the importance of early detection of breast cancer and provide accurate answers to questions about breast health. We believe that up-to-date information, based on clinical evidence, builds confidence and helps people take control of their health.

The aim of the talks is to allow attendees to discuss breast awareness in a relaxed and interactive way, address barriers to the message and debunk myths. We find that what mostly stops people from being breast aware is not knowing what to do or look for and the fear of what they might find.

Talks cover the following:

  • What breast awareness is and why it is important,
  • Identifying the range of things that can be normal in our breasts,
  • Knowing what changes to look and feel for,
  • Gaining confidence in knowing what to do next,
  • Importance of the screening programme,
  • Main risk factors
  • Q&As

For more information and to view the full poster click here.


Bookbug For The Home – Executive Summary

scottish-book-trustAttached here you will find an electronic version of the Bookbug Outreach evaluation summary and you can read the updated evaluation pages online. These not only contain the summary, infographics and full year four report but also some fantastic case studies on the different ways Bookbug can be utilised in the community.

Scottish Book Trust delivers other programmes alongside Bookbug. For more information on how they change lives through reading and writing, please see the annual report for 2015/16.

Introduction to Sexual Health & Wellbeing

NHS LothianOn Thursday 20th October, NHS Lothian will be running an ‘Introduction to Sexual Health and Wellbeing’ course at Liberton Hospital, Edinburgh.

The aim of the course is to introduce basic information about relationships, sexual health and wellbeing, and to provide a space for participants to consider the wider influences on sexual health. Across Lothian great importance is placed upon the need for people to receive consistent messages about sexual health and wellbeing. This course is underpinned by a clear value base and the Lothian key messages.

Participants will have the opportunity to gain:

  • an improved understanding of the holistic nature of sexual health
  • an increased understanding of the role of positive relationships
  • an increased understanding of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • increased knowledge of the different types of contraception available
  • increased knowledge of how to raise the issue of sexual health and relationships
  • increased awareness of current legislation relating to sexual health.

This course is aimed at people working with any age group in the statutory or voluntary sector who require some basic information on sexual health and wellbeing to help them work more effectively in their current post or volunteering role, or those who require a refresher course to update their knowledge.

If you would like to register for a place please use this link before the deadline on Friday 7th October


Funding Fair October 4th


On Tuesday 4 October, from 10am-3pm STRiVE will be hosting a ‘Meet the funders!’ Funding Fair.

If you’re a voluntary organisation, community group or social enterprise this is your opportunity to come along and talk to funders on a one-to-one basis about your individual funding needs.

For further information about funder eligibility and to book your 15 minute one-to-one session, please contact us by phone on 0131 665 3300 or email admin@strive.me.uk.

ELPA Autumn Play Training

elpa-event-octoberOn Saturday 1st October 2016 there will be a free training session going ahead for staff and volunteers involved in play. Workshops will include: Flotsam and Jetsam Puppets; Messy Play; Loose Materials, Challenge and Risk; East Lothian Play Policy.

The event will be taking place from 9:00am-1:00pm at Musselburgh East Community Learning Centre (Haddington Road, Musselburgh EH21 8JJ). Refreshments will be provided on the day and attendees will be awarded a four hour CPD attendance certificate.

To book onto the session please contact cldfaside@eastlothian.gov.uk.