Meet Bill Ramsay

Bill is the new Primary Care Service Manager for ELHSCP and is based in Musselburgh Primary Care Centre.

He says:

‘I have worked in the NHS for over 14 years with NHS National Services Scotland in information analysis particularly focussing on primary and community information.

‘I am well known round ELHSCP, as I spent the last three years as Principal Information Analyst for the Local Intelligence Support Team that covered East Lothian.

‘Outside work, I am Deputy District Commissioner for Edinburgh North East Scouts supporting over 200 adult volunteers delivering scouting to young people.’

Crookston Banner celebrates ELHSCP superheroes!

Crookston Care Home Manager Pauline Skead says:

‘I bought this banner to thank all the staff working in Crookston.

‘I wanted to say thank everyone for all their hard work and dedication to the residents.

‘It has been a difficult time for everyone but they have put the needs of the residents first. They have tried to keep residents stimulated and to support them to keep in contact with loved ones.

‘They all do an amazing job!’

East Lothian Council is looking for SSSC-registered social work staff or GTCS-registered to act as temporary foster carers

From Emma Clater, Service Manager, Education and Children’s Services

We are seeking any SSSC-registered social work staff or teachers registered with the GTCS employed by East Lothian Council to be temporary foster carers for a short period.

We are looking for people with these registrations to welcome a child or young person in need into your home to love and care for them. The children and young people are often from backgrounds of trauma and require patience and nurturing at this difficult point in their lives. It is a hugely rewarding but challenging task.

The covid-19 pandemic has created difficulties for many families across East Lothian. This has placed a demand on our care services for children but also created the need for loving foster carers for children and young people. The Care Inspectorate have recognised this and has allowed any teachers currently registered with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), or social work staff registered with The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) to become temporary foster carers for a period up to 3 months.

We would ask anyone interested to undertake a short assessment, including other people living in your home, attend a fostering panel and then be available to provide a placement if needed. You will be provided with support from a social worker and a typical fostering fee.


We would love to hear from anyone who is interested, and would ask that you make contact with our duty fostering and adoption social worker on 01620 827 643.  If you have any further questions, please speak to us.       

Thank you,

Emma Clater
Service Manager
Education and Children’s Services

Welcome to Haddstock at Home!

Beki Dover, Director of Haddstock, writes…

Haddstock music and arts festival is moving online as a series of video events. We will use facebook/haddstock and our website as platforms. Keep checking in as the line-up is being added to daily in the run-up to Haddstock at Home. Haddstock proper has been postponed until Sat 26th + Sun 27th Sept 2020.

Haddstock at Home that will take place on 30th + 31st May on social media and our website. The weekend will consist of live music videos recorded by some of our musicians during lockdown, album release exclusives and our main stakeholders including Art Point, ELPA, Low Impact Living, MADE in East Lothian, YMI/ Oi Musica as well as artists and performers are providing music and art activity videos. We will also post art and an authors’ interview/ writing process zoom video. We are encouraging families to create a festival arena in their homes and gardens and we’ll ask the public to nominate a community hero who will be given a locally produced gift from Haddstock. 

Our aim is to produce an online event at this stage that represents what we have set out to achieve and utilises 6 months of planning. We have a diverse range of stakeholders and contributors who need a platform at this difficult time and we hope that people at home will benefit from entertainment and creative inspiration.  

Hope you will join us next weekend.

With best wishes 


Beki Dover
Haddstock 2020
07834 981631

Join ELCAP as an Operational Lead

ELCAP is a Scottish charity which provides care and support for individuals who are affected by learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health problems.  Our services are managed at locality level by seven Operational Leads.

A vacancy has created a rare opportunity to join our leadership team at an exciting time in our organisation’s development. 

Who we are looking for

We are looking for someone who is passionate about making a real difference to the individuals we support, by enabling them to live better, more independent lives within our community.

Purpose of post and areas of responsibility

The purpose of the post is to ensure that ELCAP delivers high quality care and support services which are safe, sustainable and valued.

The post has four areas of responsibility:

  • Managing the delivery of ELCAP’s care and support services in a specific locality
  • Ensuring the safety and improving the quality of ELCAP’s care and support services
  • Increasing the independence and improving the wellbeing of the individuals ELCAP supports
  • Coaching, leading and motivating Support Practitioners, ensuring they perform to a high standard.

Hours and salary

This is a permanent, part-time post of 30 hours per week.  The salary for the post is £38,500 (pro rata).

Where we are based

Our offices are in Prestonpans.  Most of our work takes place in communities across East Lothian and Midlothian.

How to apply

If you would like to join us, please visit Good Moves for details of the role and how to apply.

Shared Care Scotland update – funding window closes 4 June!

£600,000 funding for short breaks projects for carers and the people they care for: 1 WEEK LEFT TO APPLY!

There is just 1 week left to apply for Creative Breaks funding from the Short Breaks Fund.

The Creative Breaks programme provides 12 month grants to third sector organisations to develop and deliver short breaks projects and services for carers of adults (aged 21 years and over), and young carers (caring for children or adults), and the people that they care for.

Grants are for one year (October 2020 – September 2021).

Short breaks activities can take many different forms – including breaks away (i.e. overnight stays, residential breaks), days out, and/or shorter sessions (i.e. regular activities). Activities must be designed to enable carers to have a life outside or alongside their caring role, and to support their health and wellbeing. Short breaks should also benefit the cared-for person and others (e.g. family members) and help sustain the caring relationship.

Short break activities can be for the carers, for the people they care for, or for both the carers and the cared-for people to enjoy together. To be eligible for Creative Breaks funding, projects must be able to evidence how their activities will benefit both the carers and the people they care for, by providing a break from their normal routine.

A total of £600,000 is available. 
For full details, click here


As we make our way through and out of the coronavirus lockdown the need for breaks for both carers and the people that they care for will be greater than ever. We noted that in the Scottish Government’s route map out of the coronavirus there was specific mention of respite services for carers in phase 1 under the ‘gradual resumption of key support services in the community’.  However, we appreciate that planning short breaks service delivery is difficult at the moment, and your plans may need to change depending on how and when lockdown restrictions are relaxed.  If necessary, we’ll discuss with you the possible implications of any ongoing restrictions on your project, during our assessment.

If you have questions about your application for Creative Breaks, or have aspects of your project that you want to discuss then please do get in touch soon. The Short Breaks Fund team is here to help. We strongly recommend that you take advantage of the support available to help you develop the strongest possible application.

To get in touch either call the office on 0133 622462 and leave your name, number and a short message and someone will call you back, or alternatively email with your details to arrange a call back.

Can we apply? 

This funding is for third sector (voluntary organisations) operating in Scotland. You do not have to be a registered charity to apply. However, your organisation must have a constitution that states your organisation’s purposes are solely charitable and that it delivers public benefit in achieving its purpose(s).
For full details on eligibility criteria, download our guidance here

How do we apply?

To apply, visit the Creative Breaks page on our website and download the application form, budget template and guidance for applicants.

Completed applications should be sent to: 
by 5pm on Thursday 4 June 2020 (late or incomplete applications will not be accepted).

Click here to download the form, template & guidance

And finally…

Please share this email with your contacts; we’re always keen to hear from new organisations.

Kind regards

Alison Brown
Short Breaks Fund Manager
Shared Care Scotland
Unit 2, Dunfermline Business Centre, Izatt Avenue, Dunfermline, Fife, KY11 3BZ
01383 622462 | @carebreaks || Facebook

Key messages from COSLA’s Elected Member briefing

A route map setting out a phased approach to easing lockdown restrictions has been published by the Scottish Government, giving details of a gradual four phase move out of the current state of lockdown. Extra financial support will be given to social care workers in Scotland during the Coronavirus emergency.The Scottish Government has stepped in to provide additional funding to ensure all social care workers receive enhanced sick pay where they have received a positive COVID-19 test. COSLA has produced guidance for Councils in relation to agency workers whose assignments have been disrupted by the response to COVID-19. The Scottish Government’s Business Support Fund has been increased by £40 million to provide additional support for key sectors of the Scottish economy.

Read full briefing here.

Hello, how are you today?

East Lothian Council Email Alert

Have you had a busy week so far?  Remember we all need to rest sometimes or do something that helps us to unwind whatever that is for you.  If you need some help to unwind, try a mindfulness app.  Headspace has a series of free short sessions in the “Weathering the Storm” section.

You can also find out more and try some of their sessions at –