Important date for your diary tomorrow!

It’s Care Day 2022 tomorrow. East Lothian Council’s Share the Care team has arranged an online drop-in session on Friday 18 February 11am-12 for anyone who wants to hear more about what our amazing Share the Carers do to support young people with disabilities in East Lothian.

You can join for five minutes or fifty minutes and have all your questions answered. 

Register your interest with Leann Robinson (lrobinson@eastlothian.gov.uk) and you’ll receive a link to attend ahead of the day. You’ll also be given the opportunity to link in with a Share the Carer following the session to hear more about their experiences.

More information on Share the Care is available from the Council’s website www.eastlothian.gov.uk

Volunteer Centre East Lothian TSI Survey – a message from Maureen Allan

Dear Colleague,

I hope this finds you in good health and may I take this opportunity to wish you, your family and your team a Happy New Year.

As you may be aware, part of Volunteer Centre East Lothian’s remit from the Scottish Government is to represent the views of local charities and Third Sector Organisations in East Lothian. As a member of a network of Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) covering every local authority area in Scotland it is important that we have a strong understanding of our and your impact on local communities, groups, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.

We are keen to continue our journey of improvement so can I ask you to complete our annual survey. This information will help us provide better support to you and enable us to make the right asks of government and funders on your behalf. Before you begin you should know:

• It would be helpful if the survey was completed by a senior person in your organisation. Some of the questions are about the leadership and strategic challenges currently.

• The survey contains 22 questions and will take about 20 minutes to complete. Most of the questions are multiple choice.

• The survey is confidential and no individual organisation information will be published.

Closing date: 28th February, 5pm

You can complete the survey by clicking here; https://forms.office.com/r/38Vy4huaZG

Kind regards ,

Maureen Allan | Chief Officer
Volunteer Centre East Lothian

Changes to Musselburgh Primary Care Centre Covid Vaccination Clinic times from 28 February

From the week beginning 28 February, the Covid Vaccination Clinic at Musselburgh Primary Care Centre will be open Monday to Friday from 8:20am to 4:40pm for appointments only. While there will no longer be weekend drop-in clinics at the Primary Care Centre, the clinic at Haddington Corn Exchange will continue to be open seven days a week for both appointments and drop-ins for anyone aged 12 and over.
 
East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership’s Vaccination Programme Manager Krista Club said:
 
‘We are really keen to make sure that everyone who needs a Covid jab can get one as this is so important both in terms of protecting people from Covid and stopping the spread of infection. 
 
‘We are hard at work organising and running pop-up clinics across East Lothian to ensure everyone who wants to be vaccinated can get their jab. So, please look out for details of where our pop-ups and the vaccination bus will be on ELHSCP Facebook and Twitter. We always post those details as soon as we get them!’
 
You can find more detail about Covid vaccination clinics in East Lothian and across the Lothians at https://www.nhslothian.scot/Coronavirus/Vaccine/Pages/Drop-in-Clinics.aspx 

Self-Directed Support – letter from Kevin Stewart, Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care

Kevin Stewart has asked all health and social care partnerships to be aware that Scottish Government have published an update to the SDS Guidance for the Pandemic, which was first published in May 2020. This guidance is published in partnership with COSLA and Social Work Scotland, and takes effect immediately.

This guidance reflects the principles and flexibility as described within the SDS Framework of Standards, which are also available on the Scottish Government website at https://www.gov.scot/publications/self-directed-support-framework-standards-including-practice-statements-core-components/

The guidance is available on the Scottish Government website at https://www.gov.scot/publications/guidance-self-directed-support-sds-during-pandemic/

Carers’ Big Day Out II

We have 30 spaces available for unpaid carers at our Carers’ Big Day Out event on the 18th March.  Tickets are at a premium and we can only offer one place per carer family, so early booking is advised. We can provide transport to and from the event as before. 

We chose this activity because, at the last Big Day Out, carers told us this was something they would really enjoy as a way of de-stressing and getting a bit of exercise.

There are two mini-trek sessions on offer at 11.3am and 12 noon, followed by light refreshments.

If you can be there at 11 for 11.30 and 11.30 for 12 noon, that would be ideal.

We have been given the use of a tepee for catering, as we would love you to stay for a light lunch afterwards.

The East Lothian Council Education Young Carers Team is taking care of recruiting young carers for an afternoon session.

If you want more information about the adult or young carers’ events, or to book your place on the adult carer event, please email jogden-smith@eastlothian.gov.uk