Still time to apply for Recovery Practitioner post for East Lothian Community Link Worker service – closing date 15 December

The key role of the Recovery Practitioner is to support and supervise Community Link Workers. Recovery Practitioner will play a central role in planning and provision of quality support to those accessing the service. Working within GP Practices in East Lothian, Recovery Practitioner will work alongside people to identify factors that impact on their health and wellbeing and work to develop strategies that will make a positive difference. Recovery Practitioner will connect people to other services and resources through appropriate and supportive signposting.

  • Part Time – Fixed Term
  • Closing Date: 15 December 2020
  • Salary: 19,814 – £20,881 per annum (£10.16 – £10.71/hr equivalent) (pro rata)
  • Specific Hours: 22.5 hours per week minimum

Still time to apply at

The £500 Christmas Bonus scammers are still at it – don’t be taken in!

This is an update to the story we ran in Alison’s Blog on the 8th December about scammers pretending to be collecting information about the payment of the health and social care workers’ £500 bonus to get people’s bank details over the phone.  As we reported then, we knew of at least one case where someone gave their details and had their bank account emptied. The scam is still going on, with more cases being reported by Glasgow health and social care workers. Please don’t share your bank account details with anyone on the phone.

If you want more information about what to do to keep your money safe from this sort of approach, check your own bank’s website for more information.

PASDA Listening Ears

Pasda’s Listening Ear project is open to all Parents and Carers of Autistic Adults across Lothian. We have a team of 6 trained callers, 5 of which have an autistic family member to call carers for s series of calls or just a one of call. It is up to the person who would like to be called to decide what they would like help with. The Listening Ears team can help with information and resources about local services relating to Caring and/or Autism. Or they may just fancy a blether to pass some time. Please contact us if you are 0131 475 2416

Take heed!

A health and social care worker we know has just had their bank account cleared by a scammer claiming that they were calling regarding the £500 payment from the government and asking for their bank details. Unfortunately, the bank details were shared and the account was emptied. Please remember never to share account details or pin numbers on the phone. For more information about keeping your money safe, check your bank’s web site.

Christmas meal deliveries for families needing a little extra help

From Pamela Martin, Musselburgh Area Partnership

Hi there

We know many of you will be working with individuals or families who will require a bit of additional support over the Christmas break.  As such, Musselburgh Area Partnership in collaboration with ELC Connected Communities are  making up Christmas meal bags. 

Please use this referral form for a Musselburgh Christmas meal bag.  The bag will contain a soup pack, potatoes, carrots, sprouts, oranges,  tinned meat (possibly ham) Christmas pudding  and tinned custard, with the possibility of a few extras.

The deadline for referrals is 10am on 11th December.    

Please return completed forms to

Please note, all bags must be collected (allocated collection times  will be given hence, the need for a contact number) unless there is extenuating circumstances- refer can collect on their behalf.  The day for collections is Thursday 17th December between 8.30 and 11am.  There will be 3 collection points  (preference to be indicated on form)these are:

  • Wallyford Community Centre
  • Whitecraig Community Centre and
  • Musselburgh East Community Learning  Centre

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me

Kind Regards

Pamela Martin

Winter wellbeing booklet launches

A guide to getting through the Festive Season when you are not feeling festive

Scottish mental health and wellbeing charity, Health in Mind, and East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership have partnered to launch a wellbeing booklet for the festive period. The free booklet, ‘Winter wellbeing’ has been developed in response to the additional pressures that COVID-19 presents for people this winter.

The booklet looks at the things people can do to look after their mental health and wellbeing from the comfort of their homes. It includes resources to help people cope with the unique challenges that they are facing, like grief, loneliness and staying connected. It also brings together a range of helpful contacts and has some craft ideas.

Wendy Bates, Chief Executive at Health in Mind, said:

“The festive period can be a really tough time of year. But this year, it’s going to look and feel different. It might be the first year we can’t celebrate it in person with our friends and family and are coming to terms with what a digital Christmas and New Year period will look like, we might be facing additional financial pressures, or feeling alone. That’s why we wanted to create this booklet to offer some additional help as we find our way through these tough times. It’s a reminder to try to find comfort in the little things, and to make time to look after yourself.’

East Lothian Integration Joint Board Chair Councillor Fiona O’Donnell says:

“2020 has been a year like no other and lots of us may not really be feeling the Christmas cheer. The East Lothian Winter Wellbeing booklet will come in very handy on days when you are feeling a bit down, a bit worried or missing someone because of loss or physical separation. It offers things that you can do to lift your mood and tells you where to go for help, if you need it. I think it’s going to be really useful for lots of us. If Christmas is getting you down, make sure you get your copy – I think it will help.”

Download Winter Wellbeing booklet