Last call for taking part in online consultation for IJB Strategic Plan 2022-25

Just a quick reminder that the Health and Social Care, Housing and Place engagement is closing soon. You have until 31 May to contribute your views to the engagement that will inform the IJB Strategic Plan, the East Lothian Council Local Housing Strategy and the Local Development Plan.

Please make sure you take the chance to say what you want to see for health and social care, housing and planning in East Lothian in the years to come.

You can find the survey and supporting information at Health & Social Care, Housing and Place Engagement 2022 – East Lothian Council – Citizen Space (

Speak now…!

East Lothian Connect Group

Connect is a free service for women who have had some involvement with the justice system and who need support with challenges such as substance use, mental health difficulties or low self-esteem, or feel isolated or have experienced domestic abuse.

Read the very positive article about this service and our wonderful Justice Social Work Team in the East Lothian Courier here.

Please send any referrals to

PS – it’s not a new service (as it says in the article) but everything else there is accurate.

ELC Carer Positive – Carer’s Week Events for Council Staff

East Lothian Council is a Carer Positive (engaged) employer, which means that it:

  • has a good understanding of what the term ‘carer’ means and systems in place to help carers identify themselves as carers
  • recognises carers within HR policies and procedures
  • enables carers in its workforce to access practical workplace support and information about external support and services
  • communicates with carers about advice and support, raises awareness of carers’ issues for managers and staff, and offers training and support
  • helps carers to engage with other carers

Obviously, ELC wanted to something special to mark Carers Week 2022 (6-12 June) for all ELC staff who are unpaid carers.

There are still some events to come, but so far ELC is offering:

Tuesday 7th June 9.30am to 5.30pmMassage/Indian Head Massage at the Wellbeing Unit, Brewery Park , Haddington

Treat yourself to a head massage to reduce stress, relax and calm you mind and revitalize your brain and body. Book your free half-hour session now at

Thursday 9th JuneVirtual Get-together by Teams12.30pm – 1.30pm

If you couldn’t make to a physical event, don’t despair. Get yourself a coffee and join carers across the council for a chat about all things carer! Email us at for your link.

We’re going to be on Radio Saltire!

As part of our Carers’ Week celebrations, ELC Carer Positive’s Gail Scott, Carers of East Lothian’s Jess Wade, and Young Carers in East Lothian’s Marie Prior will by on Radio Saltire’s Drive Time programme on Monday 6th June between 5pm and 7pm.

Jess and our very own Lorna Maclennan will be live on the Radio Saltire Breakfast Show on Thursday 9th June between 9am and 10am.

Not to be missed! If you’re not already a regular RS listener, find out more about how to tune in at

Consultation on Scottish Government Health and Social Care Strategy for Older People

From Sue Northrop, Dementia Friendly East Lothian

The Scottish Government’s ambition is to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow old. 

Their aim is that as people in Scotland get older they experience a great quality of life though safe, integrated, person centred health and social care. They are able to live actively, and drive the decisions about their health and wellbeing; with their human rights respected and their dignity protected.

Ageing is inevitable but ageing in poor health should not be. It is important for everyone in Scotland that we make sure our health and social care services are delivering for older people so that we can grow older healthier and live independently. Hearing the views of a wide range of people will therefore be an important part of developing this new strategy.The Scottish Government has been talking with a wide range of older people to get their views on their health and social care services, how these have been affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic and how services could improve, to better meet the needs of our ageing population. 

The importance of health and social care of older people has never been more urgent. A quarter of Scotland’s population will be 65 years and over by mid-2043, and pandemic has brought to light the inequalities that many older people face in being able to access a wide range of support services, allowing them to maintain their health and wellbeing and help prevent social isolation and frailty, which can lead to falls and ill health.

Come along to hear about the Scottish Government’s proposals and give your views on what you think older people in our community want and need. Please book your place.

• Louise Scott, Team Leader – Older People’s Health, Cancer and End of Life Care Unit, Healthcare Quality and Improvement, Scottish Government

• Sue Northrop, Dementia Friendly East Lothian

Booking link

Consultation documents

Sue Northrop
Dementia Friendly East Lothian CIC
Tel: 07727 883 881
Facebook: @DementiaFriendlyEastLothian

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