Creating better lives – community dementia conference

Life Changes Trust Blog

The Life Changes Trust are developing an online conference to take place on Thursday 26 November, from 10-12.30. This conference is specifically aimed at communities and their stakeholders within the Edinburgh and the Lothians health board area. We have already hosted others in Highlands, Grampian, Orkney, Western Isles and Ayrshire and Arran. This will be our first online.

We have a number of things taking place including presentations that have a ‘focus on local’ and what communities are doing to support people affected by dementia. A key part of the morning will be to hear back from the “storytelling sessions” we are hosting with the Glasgow Village Storytelling Centre on the 5th, 9th, 11th and 12th Nov with people with dementia, unpaid carers and those working with people affected dementia day to day in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

The feedback will be summarised into key priorities for the area and it is this that will be presented and discussed as part of a Q&A at the conference. We plan to send the priorities out ahead of the conference to those signed up and can take questions in advance as well as on the day in the time we have allocated. A fuller report will be shared after the conference about the Storytelling sessions and what people have said.

Registration is now open and can be done here, using this link:

We hope you can join us.

Best wishes,

Arlene Crockett
Director of Evidence & Influencing 
Dementia Programme

Invitation to Recovery Summit ‘Creating a new East Lothian’

10-12:30pm 2nd December 2020 – (Online event)

Volunteer Centre | East Lothian

From Maureen Allan, Chief Executive Officer, Volunteer Centre, East Lothian

Dear Colleague,

The world around us has changed significantly since the 23rd of March when Scotland went into lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  There is much uncertainty about our economic and social recovery but one thing that is certain is that the world as we know it will change.  This presents us with an opportunity to forge stronger cross sector partnerships that shape a more equal and compassionate East Lothian, where all residents are considered equal and resources are targeted to ensure that equality of opportunity is the main driver.

The Pandemic has illustrated the Third Sector is the solutions sector.  We immediately responded to increasing needs of the most vulnerable in our communities by finding creative solutions and forging effective partnerships quickly and with impact.  The Scottish Government’s Covid-19 Economic Recovery Advisory Group report recognised this and highlighted the pivotal role that the sector must play in the recovery in Scotland.  

The Third Sector in East Lothian makes a £50.63M financial contribution to local economy – . The sector has experienced a significant surge in demand during Covid-19 for services and simultaneously faced the most challenging financial time, with a loss in revenue across the sector and uncertainty as to how this can be recovered.  The sector has led a phenomenal community response to ensure that no-one in East Lothian is left behind.  Many of these services are new and developed within a week or two, with organisations quickly repurposing their organisation, resources, volunteers and staff.

The key challenge for the sector is securing sufficient funding to continue to support and develop creative solutions in the recovery phase.

Recognising the importance of the sector in the economic and social recovery we are calling on all elected representatives and senior public officials in East Lothian`s CPP to come together with the Third Sector in a virtual summit on Wednesday 2nd December.  The summit will be the start of a process to demonstrate real partnership working to map out this more egalitarian and inclusive East Lothian.   We have invited Calum Irving, Head of the Third Sector Unit at Scottish Government as a keynote speaker for the event that will:

  • highlight the work of the sector during Covid-19
  • Show case what communities have achieved in East Lothian
  • identify the key pillars needed to build on this work.
  • Forge stronger and equal partnerships to support the most vulnerable
  • Find solutions to the creation of a new East Lothian

The information and action points taken from the summit will be the beginning of the development of a strategy for the Third Sector in East Lothian and will updated at yearly summit.

We know that there is a desire to do things differently in this new world and we hope that you agree to attend the summit and make your contribution.

Register in advance for this meeting:

Please accept your invitation by Fri 27 November by completing this Zoom registration. Due to covid-19 restrictions, this will be an online event – more details to follow.

Please contact us if you have questions – Telephone: 01875 615 423 or Office Email:

Maureen Allan

Chief Officer
Volunteer Centre East Lothian

It’s ‘Jobs Monday’!

We are looking for a Senior Organisational & Workforce Development Officer to:

  • lead workforce and organisational development initiatives across East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership to implement the Workforce Development Plan
  • ensure links with NHS Lothian and East Lothian Council workforce and organisational strategies and plans.

More at

Eskgreen Care Home needs a Social Care Assistant to help provide personal care and support to residents. Interested?

We are recruiting for TEC (Technology Enabled Care) Officer (internal applicants only) to assist in the delivery of an integrated Technology Enabled Care (TEC) service for East Lothian Health & Social Care Partnership (ELHSCP). The service enables service users and their carers to remain safe and independent in their own homes, by carrying out or assisting with assessments and reviews; installing and maintaining TEC equipment and providing advice. More at

We need a Senior Business Support Assistant to provide administrative, clerical, reception and information support to the Access & Older People Division of East Lothian Health & Social Care Partnership. Interested?

Randolph Hill Nursing Homes Group is recruiting staff for Fidra House and Muirfield nursing homes.

Tri-shaws on the Esk

Here are some of our Eskgreen Care Home residents taking the air in a tri-shaw under the watchful eye of our trained tri-shaw expert Susan, who is Eskgreen’s Activities Coordinator

National Occupational Therapy Week 2020 #ChooseOT

As promised, here is a full round-up of what our occupational therapists love about their work!

I love being an occupational therapist because you get to work alongside the patient for them to achieve whatever it is that is purposeful and meaningful to them therefore making each experience with your patient unique.

I love being an occupational therapist because I get to be a creative problem solver every day; every day is new and everyday is school day!

I love being an occupational therapist because I love talking to people, listening and learning from their life story. I feel moved and inspired to be a small part of their recovery.

I love being an occupational therapist because I believe in the profession and think we can help people to have a better quality of life.

I love occupational therapy because – it allows me to work with patients and their families to realise what is important for them, work towards the goals they set and maintain what is important to them.

I love occupational therapy because there are so many diverse areas of practice you can take the skills you have learned and apply them to that specific setting.

I love occupational therapy because of its holistic approach which makes a big impact on people’s lives.

If that doesn’t make you want to become an OT, what will?!