Staff wellbeing survey update

In response to comments received (thank you), we have updated the survey, so please try to find a few minutes to fill it in.

New improved survey!

The wellbeing of staff has never been closer in all our minds and it is important to the Staff Wellbeing Committee that we understand your needs and what matters to you. By answering the questions in the attached questionnaire, you will be helping us to deliver meaningful changes.

All answers will be kept confidential, and no single answer will be attributed to an individual in public or private correspondence following this survey.

The  East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership  are supporting this survey and to further support they have provided four gift  vouchers, each of £100 value, as prizes in a draw of everyone who takes part. If you would like to be included in the draw select the choice at the end of the questionnaire and provide an email contact address.

Your answers to these questions will not be linked to the email address given or generated by completing this survey electronically.

Carers Information Session: Welfare Rights

1pm to 2pm on Wednesday 26 January 2022

Are you an unpaid carer who would like to understand more about your welfare rights and maximise your income?

Carers are people who care unpaid for a family member, friend or neighbour, who, because of a long term illness, disability or neurological difference, could not manage without this support. The illness can be a physical or mental health condition or an addiction.

People can become carers at different ages and stages of life. A carer does not have to live with the person they care for. Being a carer is different from being a paid worker providing health or social care. Many carers find themselves juggling paid work with unpaid caring responsibilities, including parents of children with additional support needs. Perhaps you are a carer?

East Lothian Council and Carer Positive initiatives have teamed up with Carers of East Lothian (CoEL) to bring you this information event, which is open to all Council employees who are also carers:     

The Session will cover:

  • East Lothian Council Healthy Working Lives and Carer Positive initiatives and why they are relevant for carers
  • Carers of East Lothian: Who We Are and What We Do; Jess Wade, CoEL CEO
  • Overview of Welfare Rights and Benefits Entitlements for Carers; Lisa McIlwraith, CoEL Welfare Rights Coordinator
  • Overview of local grants for carers: Breaks from Caring, Scot Spirit, Financial Insecurity Fund
  • Time for Questions

To register to join this virtual event please email

Please download and share the poster below

If you work in a building-based setting, please print off this poster and display it where colleagues can see it. Thank you. 🙂

Alzheimer Scotland local news

From Michael Huddleston

Dear All

As this is our first update of 2022, I would like first of all to wish you a belated Happy New Year. With the positive news yesterday about the easing of restrictions and apparent downturn in Omicron cases, hopefully the coming weeks and months will see continued progress towards daily life better resembling what we think of as normal (and perhaps, in time, something even better than that!)

  • Alzheimer Scotland’s Dementia Cafés have now resumed in both Mid and East Lothian. Cafés are for people living with dementia and their carers/ family to meet and support one another, make connections, develop relationships, engage in meaningful activities, ask questions, and learn more about living well with dementia.

At the present time we continue to limit the group size to ensure a 1 metre distance can be maintained between attendees. As a result, both our Midlothian Cafés (Dalkeith – 2nd and 4th Tuesday, and Penicuik – 1st or 3rd Thursday) are fully subscribed but I would encourage anyone interested to get in touch to put their name on the waiting list for such a time that the opportunity to attend arises.

We still have some capacity to welcome new attendees to our East Lothian Cafés (Dunbar – 1st Monday of the month, 2-3.30pm, and Musselburgh – 1st Wednesday of the month, 10.30-12.00).

For those who enjoy the freshness of winter air, we also continue to offer Outdoor Activity Groups at Newbattle Abbey College (Thursdays, 10.30-12.00), Penicuik House (Fridays, 10.30-12.00), Gosford House, Aberlady (Thursdays, 10.30-12.00) and Clifftop Trail, Dunbar (Mondays, 10.30-12.00)

Please email ( or call (0131 654 1114) if you are interested in any of the above opportunities.

  • The British Red Cross in Midlothian are administering the Older People’s Assistance Fund for those over facing financial hardship. The fund can help with covering the cost of, for example, food, bedding, microwave or transport to hospital appointments. A flyer with more information and application form is attached. Contact 0131 654 0340 with any queries.
  • Age Scotland have shared their extensive winter dementia training programme. Please see the relevant attachment for full details and information on how to get involved.
  • Ageing Well East Lothian have shared updated information about their activity programme for over 50s, including Health Walks, Tai Chi and Mindfulness sessions. Please see the relevant attachment for full details and information on how to get involved.
  • The Capital Theatre’s fantastic winter edition of DementiArts, with its usual mix of quizzes, useful information, features, calendars and creative pieces provided by the dementia community, can be read here

Alzheimer Scotland continue to provide support, information and advice by telephone and video consultation, as well as face-to-face meetings where appropriate. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns we can support you to address, or if you are interested in any of our group activities: 0131 654 1114 or

Take care

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

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Re-ignite – Enable Works

Enable’s Women Returners programme is now accepting referrals, including self-referrals.

A person is eligible for the Women Returners Programme if they fulfil all the criteria below:

  • They are a woman
  • They are aged 25 or over;
  • They have been unemployed for at least the last 6 months
  • They have been employed in the past
  • They are able to participate fully in the Women Returners programme and attend as required by the Provider; Our training sessions will be online for the time being.
  • They live in Scotland