Community Payback Order Annual Report

This report was compiled before the Covid-19 Pandemic, and is what Justice Social Work Services aims to achieve again. Community Payback Orders include focused interventions based on risk and need, as well as delivering Unpaid Work. We hope to use what we have learnt in 2020 about human resilience and adapt how we respond to the needs of our communities and those involved in the justice system to improve our service in the future. If you’d like to know more, check out the latest report at Reports and Bulletins | East Lothian Council.

NHS Inform – It’s OK to ask campaign

NHS Inform is about to launch a campaign to support patients and healthcare professionals in having positive conversations about care and treatment. The campaign will run across the NHS in Scotland from 11 May 2021 and has been devised with input from NHS clinicians.

The campaign message is “It’s Ok to ask.” We know that when people understand what’s going on with health, they can make better decisions around care and treatment.

You can find out more on the NHS Inform website at, where you will also find a patient leaflet in English and translations.

Alzheimer Scotland Mid and East Lothian Update – Wednesday 12th May 2021

Michael Michael Huddleston, Dementia Advisor, Edinburgh & Lothians

I hope you are keeping well and are looking ahead to the further easing of restrictions in Scotland from Monday 17th May. I’m sure it will be very emotional, cathartic change for many of us.

Please see below for this week’s updates:

  • Knowledge is Power (Scotland): The booklet found here was written by people living with dementia, for people living with dementia with the support of DEEP (The UK Network of Dementia Voices) and funded by The Life Changes Trust. It includes a wealth of information and advice useful to people living with dementia and their families/ carers in Scotland
  • Capital Theatres have shared the second episode of their audio play, “When The Sun Meets The Sky”. The first and second episodes, co-produced and performed in by people living with dementia, can be listened to here:
  • Sandra Davidson from Midlothian’s Communities and Lifelong Learning is running a weekly “Midlothian Memories” group on Wednesdays, 1.30-3.00pm. The group will explorewhat it was like to live, work and play in yesteryear Midlothian, looking at topics such as family life, working life, school life, leisure, and differences in life from 1940s to now. If you’re interested in getting involved, please email:
  • Midlothian Community Learning and Development (CLD) Plan 2021/24: Work is underway to develop the CLD plan for the next three years. The following survey is an opportunity for existing and prospective adult learners to inform Midlothian CLD about their training and development needs, including the types of course you would be interested in and how you would prefer to access learning:

Alzheimer Scotland continue to provide support, information and advice primarily by telephone and video consultation. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns we can support you to address.

Take care

Michael Michael Huddleston
Dementia Advisor  | Edinburgh & Lothians  | 0131 654 1114  | 07831 859490 
Alzheimer Scotland, 3 Edinburgh Road, Dalkeith, EH22 1LA

New You Tube mental-wellbeing playlist launched by East Lothian Psychological Therapies Service

May 10 to 16 is National Mental Health Awareness Week and to mark the occasion, East Lothian Psychological Therapies Service has launched a series of mental health videos that people can use to guide themselves through difficult times. This work has received generous support from the Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation.

There are nine playlists, each one discussing different aspects of life, stress and overcoming difficult times. The team has chosen the playlist format to all be only a few minutes long so that they fit in with modern viewing habits

You can watch in the bath, in bed, on the bus or anywhere that’s easy for you. Whenever you’re most likely to get a quiet 10 minutes to yourself, is a good time to set aside for coming to this channel. You can jump in anywhere you choose.

The team have designed the videos in the playlists in sequence so you can follow them like a course. But they are all free-standing so you can just choose the video that sounds most helpful to you and start with that.

Peter Murray, Chair of East Lothian Integration Joint Board said:

‘I know that we have all been through the mill with Covid 19 and many people have been feeling anxious or low. These are normal feelings and, even without a pandemic to contend with, ones that most of us will experience at some time in our lives.

These videos are really useful in helping us to understand why we might be feeling low and simple things that we can do to start feeling better. I don’t think they could be better timed than this and we are really pleased to be able to start releasing them on social media during Mental Health Awareness Week.

I’d like to say a big thank-you to the Psychological Therapies team for all the work they put into this and to the Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation for their support, which helped to turn a brilliant idea into a brilliant resource.’

Jane Ferguson, Director of Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation said:

‘We were delighted to support the production of these videos and are extremely grateful to everyone who donated to our COVID-19 appeal and made this possible. Thanks to our community of friends and supporters, the Psychological Therapies team has been able to provide online support for people who were experiencing mental health problems while face-to -face sessions were not possible. I think the team has done a great job and these videos will be a fantastic resource for anyone who has experienced increased stress and anxiety as a result of the pandemic.’

To access the playlists, go to

Vaccination team and resource centre work together to support people with learning disabilities

Port Seton Resource Centre

Vaccination centres can be a bit overwhelming for some people with learning disabilities. ELHSCP’s vaccination team have been working with staff at Tynebank and Port Seton Resource centres to try to make the process as un-scary as possible. They have been able to hold two clinics so far, one in Tynebank and one in Port Seton. And it wasn’t just centre users who attended but also people referred from service providers and GPs.

Shannon Leslie, Programme Manager, Adult Community, said:

‘Vaccination centres, quite rightly, operate in a clinical environment but it’s one that can be very stressful for people with learning disabilities. Our learning disability support staff and ELHSCP’s vaccination team recognised this and developed this programme to deliver vaccinations safely in much more homely settings.

‘People may still find the uniforms and the process a bit scary to start with, but we have managed to mitigate this by having music, iPads for playing games and we have even sung to people personally when we didn’t have their favourite music to hand. This has worked really well and we managed to vaccinate everyone who came.

‘I think it’s a really great example of integrated working that puts the person first and works with them to make a difficult experience much more manageable.’

She added:

‘A further benefit of this approach is that we have made contact with new people, previously unknown to learning disabilities staff. This will let us put them in touch with advice and support that they might have been missing out on.

Big thanks to the Filling Station for making International Nurses Day 2021 a day to remember

As you know, yesterday (12 May) was International Nurses Day and Lorraine Cowan, Tracy Leishman and Fiona Gallagher from the senior nursing team at East Lothian Community Hospital were keen to do something to mark the occasion this year of all years.

And it seemed that a scone for all would very much be in order.

Fiona phoned The Filing Station in Prestonpans to see if they could fulfil an order for 500 scones. Filling Station manager Carolyn came back quickly to say that they would be delighted and that they would do a special rate for scones with clotted cream and jam. However, when Fiona turned up at the Filling Station she was told that the scones would be free, and that the Filling Station would deliver them in their van to East Lothian Community Hospital for onward distribution. This was extremely fortunate, as Fiona could quickly see that her car would be far too small.

Fiona said:

‘It was so kind.

‘The logistics were huge but scones went to Belhaven and the Edington, and District Nurses and Health Visitors across East Lothian. They also went to all the wards in East Lothian Community Hospital, the Mental Health Teams, the Midwives, the Hospital@Home Team, the Vaccination Team, the Hospital 2 Home Team, the Community Treatment and Access Service (CTACS), Site and Capacity, the Care Home Team, the Palliative Care Team and the Endoscopy Team. A large number also went to Musselburgh Primary Care Centre for Care When It Counts, CTACS and all the other nursing teams there. ‘I think I got everybody – we really tried to unite every nurse in our teams across the county with their scone.

‘I can’t thank Carolyn and everyone at the Filling Station enough for making this an International Nurses Day to remember.’

Becky Todd joins ELHSCP Justice Services

Becky says:

I am a newly qualified social worker. Through my work as a support worker, I quickly learned that I wanted to develop my training and knowledge within social care. My previous post was at Harmeny Education Trust. This is a residential school working with children with complex social and emotional needs.

Before this I completed a six month placement as a student social worker within a female justice service with Edinburgh Council. This placement made me recognise that I wanted to continue my professional career within justice services, helping people achieve positive outcomes.

In 2016, I graduated from the University of West of Scotland with a degree in Contemporary Screen Acting. I was very passionate about the arts and enjoyed being creative but it turned into a hobby rather than a career. I recognised that I wanted to work with people and be a positive influence within their lives. I went on to study social work at Edinburgh University and graduated with a Masters in 2020.

Break the chain

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Almost 1 in 3 people who have Covid-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but are potentially passing the virus on to loved ones, friends and others in the community. That’s why mobile Covid-19 asymptomatic testing units are being deployed in East Lothian for a further period in a bid to help identify positive cases in people without symptoms of the virus and break chains of transmission in our communities.

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You can turn up to take a test on a walk-in basis. Appointments are also available. Members of the public who have no symptoms associated with Covid-19, but who may be infectious and spreading the disease without knowing it, can book a test online – When asked why you are booking a test, select the option ‘my local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms’. Alternatively telephone 0300 303 2713 to book. Appointments can be booked on the evening prior to when you want to be tested.

It’s possible for people who have been tested to return for a further test at a later date, in order to check that they have not become infectious. More information is available at

From Alzheimer Scotland

Purple Heart 2.0

If you’re caring for someone with dementia and you’re worried about them walking about and being missing, download the Purple Alert now and create a profile.We designed a step by step guide for families to help you know what to do before, during and after someone with dementia is missing.Check it out at

Dementia Friends

At Alzheimer Scotland, our aim is to put dementia firmly at the heart of our communities. One way we raise awareness and reduce stigma is through our Dementia Friends initiative. Anybody can become a Scottish Dementia Friend. It’s about understanding a bit more about dementia and the small things you can do to help. From being more patient in a shop queue, to helping someone find the right bus, every action counts. Register to be a Dementia Friend in 3 easy steps at