Get active while you commute

To launch East Lothian Active Travel to work initiative we are delighted to invite you to attend a free Zoom beginners session with Dr Bike provided with the support of Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust.

  1. Puncture Repair

If you have never repaired a puncture, if you avoid long cycles for fear of a puncture or use roads in poor condition- this session will teach you how:

Date: Tuesday Feb 23 

Time: 9:00am – 10:30am

  • Cleaning and maintaining your bike

If you have never thought to clean your bike, think it’s too complicated, don’t want greasy hands or if your bike lives outside- this is for you:

Date: Thursday Feb 25

Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Spaces are limited please e mail before Monday Feb 22nd  with the course you would like to attend from the e mail address you want to be linked to zoom.

National Adult Support and Protection Day 20 February 2021

Saturday 20 February 2021 is National Adult Support and Protection Day. East and Midlothian Public Protection Office is using the day to focus on sexual harm.

East and Midlothian Public Protection Committee Chair Anne Neilson said:

‘Sexual harm affects many adults. Even more so just now, during lockdown. 

‘It can take many forms including online, inappropriate touching or exposure to sexual images and goes right through to rape. The abuser is often someone in the person’s immediate circle of acquaintance – family members, “friends” and sometimes even people employed to provide the person with support.

‘Our message is, “We are here to help and support you!” No one has to put up with sexual abuse. And there are plenty of people who can help. Talk to someone you trust or speak to the police, your worker or Rape Crisis Centre Scotland.

‘I am also asking if you are worried about someone and think they are at risk of sexual harm, please report your concerns to police or social work. That person really needs your help and your intervention could make a huge and positive difference.

‘So, on Adult Support and Protection Day, and all the other days, please DO NOT put up with sexual abuse. It’s really important to make it stop.’

Invitation to an armchair chat from North Berwick Compassionate Community

The North Berwick Compassionate Community Team has developed a series of five free online events called ‘Armchair Chats’ from February to June 2021. You may have received an email advertising the five events.

We are now delighted that the link for the Eventbrite page to the first event on February 23rd, at 7pm is available.

The evening of 23rd of February will begin at 7pm with a welcome and update from the Compassionate Community Team. Music, from a local singer, Harley Loudon and poetry, from Hannah Lavery, will flow through the event, with presentations from:

  • St Columbas Hospice on the ‘Compassionate Neighbours Project’ which North Berwick Compassionate Community Team will pilot.
  • An update on the Truacanta Project, a new initiative run by the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care and funded by Macmillan Cancer Support. The initiative was set up to support local communities across Scotland who are interested in taking community action to improve people’s experiences of death, dying, loss and care. 

To attend this event: first register by clicking on the Eventbrite link below to register your interest in the event and to book your place prior to 23rd of February. Once registered you will be sent an email to confirm your place and details of the meeting ahead of the event. The meeting will take place via Zoom. You can download zoom and set up an account here. The meeting details will be sent to you by email ahead of the event.

Armchair Chat booking is available on Eventbrite page. Subtitles will be available.


We look forward to welcoming you to this event.

Best wishes

Fiona, Lorna and Deborah
Compassionate Community North Berwick steering group

Carers: Recognition and Rights – your contribution matters

From Kirsteen Powell, Carer Support Worker – Information, Events and Engagement, Carers of East Lothian

I’d like to draw your attention to this webinar which is aimed at health and social care staff working in and across sectors, organisations and communities.

In your role it is highly likely that you meet carers. By carers we mean people who provide unpaid care to another person – they are the family, friends, partners and neighbours of the people you provide services to. We all have a role to play in improving the health and wellbeing of carers and supporting them to have a life alongside caring. This webinar is relevant to staff working across health and social care – in dementia, mental health, autism, pharmacy, dentistry…The list is endless because it is relevant to us all.

This webinar will enable you to:

  • Briefly describe carers rights under the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016
  • Engage carers in conversations about their own health and wellbeing
  • Signpost and support carers to access locally available services

Our presenters include:

  • Claire Cairns: Network Coordinator, Coalition of Carers in Scotland
  • Shubhanna Hussain-Ahmed: Partnership Development Officer, Coalition of Carers in Scotland
  • Morag Ferguson: Senior Educator, NHS Education for Scotland

You can view an online copy of the announcement here: NHS Education and Coalition of Carers staff webinar

Date, times and how to book

Best wishes,

Kirsteen Powell
Carer Support Worker – Information, Events and Engagement
Carers of East Lothian (CoEL)
Tel: 0131 665 0135
Mob: 07483 052 176
My usual working week is Tuesday to Friday