On the road with the vaccine bus

We’re on the road with the vaccine bus this morning for scheduled vaccination appointments for Preston Lodge HS students. If you need a first or second vaccine and want to try it for yourself, we’ll be having our first Covid vaccine bus drop-in session tomorrow afternoon (27th Aug) -1-4pm – in Preston Lodge High School car park. For anyone 16+. No appointment needed but remember to leave 8 weeks between your first and second jabs. AstraZeneca, Moderna and Pfizer available.

Invitation to the launch of Chris’s House Midlothian this Friday 27th

About Chris’s House

Chris’s House was founded by Anne Rowan, a Wishaw mum with a passionate vision for a crisis centre established in memory of her son Chris, whom she lost to suicide in 2011 at the age of 36. In the years following Chris’s death, Anne experienced an overwhelming sense of guilt. Her hair fell out, she lost her balance and couldn’t go out unaided.

She turned her attention to taking action – through the creation of Chris’s House, a ‘Centre for Help, Response and Intervention Surrounding Suicide’. It is the first 24 hour, non-medical crisis centre in Scotland offering integrated support. The cosy rooms have each been carefully designed to offer guests an environment they can feel comfortable in. The generosity of families that have been touched by the work Chris’s House have accomplished have raised the funds or made donations to allow for the space offer calm and wellbeing.

Anne remains an active and passionate leader of Chris’s House she is adamant that the focus not remain solely on her efforts. She is joined in this mission to help bring awareness to mental ill health with more than 60+ volunteers. Each have been touched in some way by suicide and understand the on-going ripple effects that it has on family, friends and the community. 

Find out more about Chris’s House here

The on-line consultation on the Draft East Lothian Poverty Plan 2021-2023 is now live

From Paolo Vestri, Service Manager – Improvement, Policy & Communications, Communities & Partnerships, East Lothian Council

Tackling the causes and effects of poverty in East Lothian is one of the, if not the, most important priorities for East Lothian Council as we begin to recover from the COVID pandemic.

“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life.”      Nelson Mandela

Following publication of the East Lothian Poverty Commission report in 2017 much has been done over the last few years to reduce poverty and inequalities, but much more still needs to be done.

The pandemic and lockdowns have increased poverty in East Lothian. (Read the leaflet, ‘Poverty in East Lothian’ for more information.) So it is vital that we put in place a new Plan to reduce poverty and improve the economic and life chances of all our citizens.

A Draft Poverty Plan for 2021 – 2023 has been prepared for the Council by a working group including representatives from key council services, NHS Lothian and community and voluntary groups. 

The Draft Plan sets out objectives and actions that should be prioritised over the next two years.

It can be accessed using the following link.

NHS Recovery Plan published today

From Cat McMeeken, Deputy Director, Leadership, Wellbeing and Culture Division, Directorate of Health Workforce, Scottish Government

Today the Scottish Government has published its NHS Recovery Plan, committing more than £1 billion to the recovery and renewal of Scotland’s health service as we emerge from coronavirus.

NHS Recovery Plan – gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

Throughout, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care identifies that support for staff wellbeing is an essential and vital component. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for the time and effort you have dedicated to working with us to co-design the proposals in the plan and ensure that they will deliver the maximum impact across our health and social care organisations.

Publishing the recovery plan today is a key milestone in achieving our ambitions for the wellbeing of the workforce, but I also know that there is further work to do in this space to ensure ongoing sustainability of these proposals. I look forward to continuing to work closely with you in the future.

Run your own Recovery Conversation Café toolkit launched!

The Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care, Kevin Stewart MSP has officially launched a new engagement toolkit for organisations and services.

Developed by the Scottish Recovery Network the Run your own Recovery Conversation Café toolkit provides a guide and resources to help you engage people in meaningful discussions about what is important to them and their communities.

Providing a different approach to engagement a recovery conversation café moves away from traditional consultation. It creates a welcoming environment where people are not just passive responders but active participants, listening to each other and building on ideas. Using the approach organisations and services are providing the opportunity for people to participate in:

  • The design, delivery and evaluation of support
  • Influencing local and national planning and strategies
  • Events that bring people together to connect and share ideas on mental health and wellbeing

You can order free Run your own Recovery Conversation Café toolkit(s) from the Scottish Recovery Network (Scotland only) by calling  0300 323 9956 or emailing info@scottishrecovery.net

British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact us directly by using contactSCOTLAND-BSL

The toolkit can also be download from www.scottishrecovery.net

Chair appointed to Public Health Scotland board

The Minister for Public Health, Women’s Health and Sport, Maree Todd MSP and COSLA, Health and Social Care Spokesperson, Councillor Stuart Currie today announced the appointment of Angiolina Foster CBE as Chair of the Public Health Scotland Board.

Maree Todd, Minister for Public Health, Women’s Health and Sport said:

“As Chair of Public Health Scotland, Angiolina will bring considerable experience and insight that will be invaluable as the organisation continues to innovate, adapt and transform.

“She will play a significant role in ensuring Public Health Scotland strengthens and supports a whole system, partnership approach to understanding and tackling our public health challenges, making best use of our considerable public health assets to realise the vision of a Scotland where everybody thrives.

“I look forward to working with her as Public Health Scotland continues to protect and improve the health and wellbeing of the nation.”

Councillor Stuart Currie, COSLA’s Health and Social Care Spokesperson said:

“I am delighted with the appointment of Angiolina as Chair of Public Health Scotland. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from a number of high profile positions.

She has exactly the skill set required for this exciting role and will play a key role in bringing the organisation’s vision of a Scotland where everyone thrives.

From a personal point of view I look forward to working alongside her and the fantastic team we have in place at PHS.’

Angiolina Foster CBE is a respected public service leader whose work has spanned local government, national government and the third sector. She most recently held a Chief Executive position within Scotland’s NHS. In all her roles, she has aimed to put people at the heart of service design and delivery. This has afforded her rich learning in system leadership, strategy and service transformation, all of which she will bring to her role as Chair of Public Health Scotland. She was awarded a CBE in 2011 for her contribution to Scotland’s public services.

This appointment will be for four years and will run from 1 September 2021 to 31 August 2025.

This appointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.