Your mind (an owner’s guide)

Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation has given ELHSCP’s Mental Health Team funds to make some self-help mental health videos, starring team member Chris Scott. Here’s the first one – keep your eyes peeled for more videos from this series.

East Lothian Community Lottery

From Maureen Allan, Chief Officer, VCEL

Dear Colleague,

As you may have heard, we are launching a new online lottery called the East Lothian Community Lottery. We are initiating the lottery as we recognise that since the austerity measures and the pandemic has been underway, the local voluntary and community sector are very often the hardest hit.

60p from every £1 ticket of the East Lothian Community Lottery will go direct to charities, voluntary organisations, and other good causes like you. Players of the lottery can win a £25,000 jackpot, plus smaller prizes.

There are two parts to the East Lothian CommunityLottery scheme – good causes, like yourself, will be able to have your own lottery page created, and 50p in every pound spent by players using your webpage will be retained by you.  A further 10p in every pound will go into a general Community Fund to fund local good causes, with the remainder being put towards prizes, operating costs, and VAT.

I would like you to save the date to attend the ‘Good Causes’ launch for the East Lothian Community Lottery on Tuesday23rd February with key members of your organisation. You will be able to hear all about the new lottery, how it works and how your organisation can directly benefit from participating.

Kind Regards
Maureen | Chief Officer

Time’s running out to get your Supporting Innovation applications in

From Martin Bonnar at MELDAP

We are still looking for applications from all services and interested community groups in East Lothian to access additional funding to support the development of innovative ideas to help people address their alcohol and drug use or others affected by someone’s use.

Some of the key points of the funding are:
• £49,000 has been set aside annually for the next two years to encourage innovation
• We believe the process of application is not too onerous, we’ve really tried to keep it as simple as possible
• Any service or community group can apply and submit as many ideas as they like
• We would really like to see ideas from recovery communities and people with lived and living experience
• Funding will not be allocated to simply do more of the same
• While no limit has been set on the sum that services can apply for we would like to see a number of creative and diverse solutions supported
• The ideas should be clear about the issue they want to address and the specific client group that will benefit
• Ideas should recognise how service provision has changed during Covid-19 restrictions and consider novel ways to support people.

From the application you will see that the timescale for first applications is tight (sorry for that) but the first stage is very much about thinking differently, getting your big idea down on paper.

After scrutiny and evaluation of these first stage applications we will then contact services whose ideas look worthy of further development and ask them to complete the second stage application.

Closing date – 5 February 2021

Martin Bonnar
Midlothian and East Lothian Drug and Alcohol Partnership
Room F4
1st Floor
Brunton Hall
EH21 6AF
07837 449390
e-mail 1 –
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It’s everyone’s job…

EMPPO has just released a new video aiming to raise awareness of adult protection.

The key message is if you know someone who needs help, please phone 01875 824 090 (East Lothian Social Work) or 0131 271 3900 (Midlothian Social Work). We’re here for you.

Lammermuir Larder is open for business

The Lammermuir Larder, based in Haddington is a new food initiative run by volunteer members of the community, for people who find themselves in need of emergency food and support.  The Lammermuir Larder is available to anyone who may be in crisis or finds they have financial restrictions.  This new food initiative for the Haddington and Lammermuir area, launches at the beginning of February.

This service operates by a referral process, either from a professional who is familiar with the individual or family, or from the individual/ family themselves.  At all times referrals are kept strictly confidential.  Once the referral has been received, a “larder list” will be sent out detailing products that are available.  Once the completed list has been returned, the larder box or bags will be delivered to the person in needs door.  Referral forms can be obtained online from the Haddington and District Community Council website, by private messaging us on face book or by emailing  Further information can also be obtained by ringing 07483 911391.

General donations can be made in the Co-op in Haddington, Rosehall Stores and in Kevin Watts the butcher.  Each week we will let you know what products we are in need of, this week we need tinned meats, tea and coffee and breakfast cereals.  Animal Magic and J S Mains will also accept donations. 

A spokesperson for the Lammermuir Larders said:

“This has come together quickly to react to a demand for this service.  We could not do this without the support of the local traders and the community.  We’d like to thank The Haddington and District Community Council, Irvine’s Homeware and Mikes Bikes for their assistance in getting us started. 

“As this is a new initiative, we need help from the community, they can do this by donating tinned food etc at the drop off points, or by making a donation to the Larder, any help would be gratefully appreciated. 

“This initiative is the third strand to the Food and Clothing projects set up by the Community Council which are still running in Haddington, these projects have helped a large number of individuals in the area. 

“If anyone needs help, please don’t hesitate to contact us, every referral or phone call will be treated in the strictest confidence”.

If you want to help get the word out, please share this poster

If you want to make a referral, here’s the referral form

New scheme provides emergency help for people experiencing domestic abuse

Ask for ANI

Ask for ANI (Action Needed Immediately) has been set up by the Home Office to provide a discreet way for people living with domestic abuse across the UK to signal that they need emergency help from the safety of their local pharmacy.

Councillor Fiona O’Donnell says:

‘I welcome the introduction of Ask for ANI.

‘Covid 19 has had a lot of effects on the way we live but one of the most worrying is its impact on people living with domestic abuse. If you are afraid of your partner (or ex-partner), particularly now when people are stuck together all the time, it can be extraordinarily difficult and dangerous making a call or text or using your computer or tablet to ask for help when your abuser is literally always looking over your shoulder.

‘Sometimes, the only opportunity to get that help is when you are outside of the house. And, with lots of official buildings closed to the public, the question is where do you go?

‘Well now you can use the Ask for ANI scheme at participating pharmacies to let staff know that that you need an emergency police response or help contacting a helpline or specialist support service. You’ll know it’s a participating pharmacy by the Ask for ANI poster in the window. Some pharmacies will also be offering Safe Places – a room in the pharmacy where you can access information about domestic abuse services that can help. Again, if they are a Safe Spaces pharmacy, they’ll have a Safe Spaces poster in their window. It gives you a safe way of accessing help without attracting unwanted attention.

‘Not all pharmacies are participating, but if you’re a local pharmacy and would like to provide this vital service, you can sign up online. I would urge you to think about it – you’re providing a lifeline for people who have nowhere else that they can safely turn.

‘Domestic abuse is everybody’s business. This is a really good scheme and we can all help by spreading the word.’

Where to go

You can access the Ask for ANI service at any Boots in the UK. Locally, these would be Boots in Haddington, Musselburgh and North Berwick (East Lothian), and in Dalkeith (Midlothian).

Information for local pharmacies wanting to sign up to Ask for ANI

  • Pharmacies can sign up to Ask for ANI by completing this online form. Once registered, pharmacies will be sent a link to posters and training materials which include an animated video explaining how the scheme works, Ask for ANI implementation guidance and introductory guidance on domestic abuse.
  • Once registered, pharmacies will be sent a link to posters and training materials which include an animated video explaining how the scheme works, Ask for ANI implementation guidance and introductory guidance on domestic abuse.