Men across generations

From Loreen Pardoe, Generations Working Together

A lovely opportunity for me to share with you – and for you to share with your networks. “Men Across Generations” as an upcoming Thematic Meeting session in May.

For anyone who would like to attend, not already a GWT member – please ask them to contact

Also, a reminder of the next thematic meeting which is on Friday 30th April – “Year of Childhood 2021, through an Intergenerational Lens”.

The next few sessions can be found on the event page too – so do read through the different links and see if something captures your attention. It would be lovely to have you all enjoying these special events.

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NHS Lothian Peer Support Service

We are developing a peer support service across NHS Lothian.  It’s going really well and we have already run 4 cohorts of training, ahead of the launch of the service in May.

We are now looking for a Peer Support Coordinator for ELHSCP. The main role would be for this person to take charge of local advertising, maintain the enthusiasm of the peer supporters and ensure the group stays visible. From our pilot, we know the majority of the contacts are ‘informal’ and staff have to know who the Peer Supporters are.

We are in the process of building the network and working out how people can access peer support. The ‘formal’ email / telephone line will be managed centrally.

Some people from may already have applied to do the training. However, if there are others (it would be nice to have 10-15 peer supporters) we are running further courses in May and June. It’s a super opportunity.

I’ve attached the application form along with the information sheets for anyone interested in applying and their line managers. Ideally we would have representation from across the range of services, including non-clinical.

Here are the documents you will need:

Please do feel free to contact me with any queries.

Thanks so much in advance and kind regards


Specialist Education Lead Staff Experience & Engagement
OD and Learning (Human Resources & Organisational Development)
1st Floor, Comely Bank Centre
13 Crewe Road South
Edinburgh EH4 2LD
0131 470 5723 (45723)
07976 067763

Social Security Scotland benefits – information session for people with sensory impairment on Thursday May 6th, 1-2pm

Visibility Scotland - Listening and responding to people affected by sight  loss across Scotland

Visibility Scotland would like to invite you to our upcoming information session on the benefits that have been devolved to Scotland. The session is open to individuals living with a sensory impairment and their family members and carers. It will take place via Zoom with the option to join by video or phone. The session will provide an overview of the benefits that are available from Social Security Scotland including benefits for carers, benefits for families on a low income, payments to help with funeral costs and the costs of starting a new job for people on a low income and help with heating costs for families with disabled children.

We will be joined by Carol Tugman, Local Delivery Relationship Lead from Social Security Scotland. Carol will tell us about the benefits that are available from Social Security Scotland including benefits that have transferred to Scotland from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and a number of brand new benefits. Carol will also give a brief overview of some of the benefits that will be available from Social Security Scotland in the future including the planned transfer of disability benefits from the DWP. There will be the opportunity to ask questions, however please note that this session is intended to provide a general overview of the benefits that have been devolved to Scotland and we will not be able to answer questions about individual entitlements etc.

If you would like to attend the session please register in advance online or by calling us on 0141 332 4632.

We hope you can join us at the session.

Natasha Johnston

Project Lead – Benefits Take Up
Visibility Scotland
2 Queen’s Crescent, Glasgow, G4 9BW
T: 0141 332 4632 M: 07748325201

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Joint or muscle pain?

Now the nights are longer and the weather’s better, lots of us have been getting stuck into some gardening, DIY or maybe just taking up cycling or running again. If your muscles and joints are really complaining and you’re worried that you have done yourself a mischief, why not give the East Lothian MSK Line a ring?

East Lothian Community Hospital Cycle-path and Walkway

Your chance to get involved in the plans for the new East Lothian Community Hospital cycle-path and walkway

East Lothian Community Hospital is launching the public engagement for the next phase in the development of a cycle-path and walkway around the perimeter of the hospital grounds. This builds on the engagement work undertaken in 2019, before the pandemic.

Miriam Anderson, Senior Capital Planning Manager with NHS Lothian, and the project team leader says:

‘This is such an exciting project. We have been working closely with our partners at East Lothian Council and Sustrans to develop a pathway that can be used by cyclists and walkers around the hospital’s landscaped grounds. It will be used by patients to improve their mobility and wellbeing and staff will want to use it during their breaks too.

‘The information that we got from the first stage of the engagement over a year ago has been fed into our plans. We are so grateful to all the people who got back to us with their experiences and ideas. We hope they will continue to be involved throughout the life of this project.

‘We are now at the point of being able to share some draft architect’s plans and we’d really like people (walkers, runners, cyclists and community groups) to give their comments and ideas. We also hope that some members of the public will join our project team during the life of this project.

‘Once all parties agree and final comments are received, this will be submitted to Sustrans for funding for the construction of the cycle-path and walkway.

‘There is still a bit to go before full funding can be confirmed. However if it does, this would offer a fantastic connection to the hospital for the public and enable a continued growth in sustainable connections.’

If you want to find out more about the plans, we’d like you to attend one of our two Microsoft Teams online events.

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Scottish Older People’s Assembly – East Lothian Outreach Event

From Ian Donald

Tuesday 25 May 2021 from 10.30 to 12.30

Reconnecting Our Communities

You are invited to join the Scottish Older People’s Assembly for an East Lothian focused outreach event via Zoom.
The event will include:

A short introduction to SOPA and it’s recent activities

Presentations from two local Community Connecting services in East Lothian and Edinburgh

Break out discussions to hear what you think are the challenges, issues and solutions to reconnecting older people within our communities following the Covid-19 pandemic

Please register using Eventbrite and you will be sent a link to join the Zoom meeting. Alternatively you can email
For further detail of the Scottish Older People’s Assembly visit