Changes to bookings of East Lothian Council meeting rooms

From Eileen Morrison, Service Manager – Customer Services 

Due to the need to restrict numbers of staff using any of the buildings which are open, the meeting rooms in the following buildings can only be booked as follows:

Meeting rooms for staff meetings or training and interviews should only be used where there is no other option. Social distancing must be followed and the person taking the meeting must ensure strict hygiene arrangements are followed before and after the meeting. 

If you are seeing a member of the public, then you need to use a designated room with a screen in these buildings.

Thank you


Eileen Morrison

Service Manager – Customer Services 
Communities and Partnerships Division
East Lothian Council
Library and Museum HQ
Dunbar Road 
East Lothian
EH41 3PL
Tel. No. 01620 827211
Mobile No. 07771 943663

Recording the COVID experience

The John Gray Centre is looking for your help to record the Covid experience in East Lothian. This could be photos of home haircuts, signs, street graffiti. Objects such as painted stones or handmade masks (clean of course!) or diaries or videos – whatever you think represents these times we’d love to hear from you. Read more about the project here and drop them a message if you can help.

John Gray Centre Film Appreciation Club

From East Lothian Council’s Inform magazine

As part of the Scotland wide Virtual Cinema initiative, the John Gray Centre Film Appreciation Club has been holding informal video chats on selected films. During the Lockdown, our online meetings have been occurring bi-weekly, on Thursday evenings between 6.30-7.30 pm. Thus far, we have discussed selected films accessible via Netflix, BBC iPlayer, and All4 (Channel 4) player. So, if you love films and are looking for something different to do, then why not join our vibrant virtual film chat. 

Our next session will be Thursday 2 July at 6.30pm. We will be discussing a subtle and intelligent film entitled Leave No Trace (2018) available for viewing on Netflix. The film is directed by Debra Granik who also made Winter’s Bone (2010) which launched American actress Jennifer Lawrence to fame.

Find out more here.

Near Me Video Consultations Public Engagement | 29th June to 24th July 2020

From Maimie Thompson, Near Me Communications Manager

The use of video consultations in Scotland has rapidly escalated since the Covid-19 pandemic started. Prior to March, there were around 300 video appointments using the Near Me system, by June, there were almost 17,000 every week, with around 150,000 in total.

Building on this and looking to the future the Scottish Government has produced a vision that all health and care consultations in Scotland are provided by Near Me whenever it is appropriate.

To raise awareness about the vision a major engagement exercise will take place across Scotland. The purpose is to find out what people think about having their appointments by Near Me and how it might be improved for the future. We already know quite a lot about the experiences of people who have used Near Me – from the popup survey at the end of a video appointment – but we are less certain as to the range of reasons as to why people have not used Near Me.

Now the Scottish Government team behind Near Me has launched a major engagement exercise and public survey to find out what people think about the service and how it might be improved for the future.  Alongside this contact is being  made with a wide range of stakeholders including third sector, health and social care charities, patient and carer organisations, health boards, local authorities, health and social care partnerships, public sector organisations, professional bodies and staff who provide the service.

Call for Views

Please make your views known by taking part in the public survey:

The survey will run from Monday 29th June to Friday 24th July 2020

Maimie Thompson
Near Me Communications Manager
Phone:  07522 516043

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Update on reprovisioning/transforming services for older people from last Thursday’s IJB

Several readers have asked for more information on reprovisioning/transforming services for older people and the discussion that took place at the IJB last Thursday. You might find this article in The East Lothian Courier interesting as it gives you a short overview of what was said.

The Minutes of the meeting won’t be available until just before the next meeting, but we will share them on Alison’s Blog as soon as they go live so that you can read about the discussion in more detail.

Important message from Disclosure Scotland

All routine applications are now being accepted. Apply online:

Additional information from East Lothian Council

PVG Update

Please be advised that Disclosure Scotland are now accepting all PVG and Disclosure applications.  For those who, since the beginning of April, have recruited staff and have completed a risk assessment, we now need a completed PVG form on-line and to receive the accompanying verifications.  A member of the Disclosure team will be in touch shortly to request this. 

For those that will be recruiting to roles undertaking regulated work,  PVG form completion is now on line.  Guidance is available on Elnet for recruiting mangers and applicants.     

Connected Communities – e bulletin 3

Lorraine Congalton, ELC Community Development Officer, writes…

Welcome to our third e-bulletin July 2020, which focuses on creative and safe use of digital media to stay connected.   

As we enter the recovery phase from COVID-19 and reflect on the past few months one thing that has become common place is our daily use of digital communication and technology.  This only looks like it will continue therefore it seems sensible to consider how we continue to communicate in a safe and agile way.  This bulletin will focus on how groups connect and function digitally.  Our next bulletin will focus on digital platforms for young people.
Here are some examples of collaborative digital working across East Lothian from our Connected Communities teams and Community Centres

The link to the full newsletter is here

Lorraine Congalton
Community Development Officer
Mobile 07976596112