Business as usual for Dunbar Basics

From Lorna at Dunbar Basics Foodbank

Hi all

Just a wee email to let you know that we are still up and running on the system we implemented on 1st April which continues to work well and safely for volunteers and clients alike.

There is no cafe facility and groceries are still being delivered to the clients by our new team of volunteer drivers.

The CoVid19 referral form we’ve been getting you to use since mid-March (attached) takes account of the hugely reduced “contact” we currently have with the clients.  We are still asking you to provide more in the way of information about allergies and special dietary requirements, and also to assess for us how many weeks of support you think the household you have referred will need.  It’s useful for us to know whether they have a cat or dog as, if we have pet food in stock, we will provide them with this “non-essential”, and if there is a baby in the house, it would be helpful for us to know what size of nappies they wear.  Until further notice, you can ignore the delivery box.

We hope you, like us, are managing to get through these difficult times well and safely, and look forward to the days when we will be able to resume business as usual!

Many thanks for your continued support.


More info from

Download referral form here

Carers of East Lothian Annual Summary report

From Jess Wade, Chief Executive Officer, Carers of East Lothian

Dear colleagues and friends

I hope you are keeping well in these ever changing times.

I am delighted to share with you Carers of East Lothian’s most recent Annual Summary report, covering the period April 2019 to March 2020. This is a short summary of highlights and achievements for that year, with full Accounts and Trustees Annual Report to follow in due course, along with details of our AGM, due to take place later this year.

Please do get in touch if you have any questions or would like further detail on any of our activities.

Many thanks for your continued support at what has been a particularly difficult time for carers.


Jess Wade
Chief Executive Officer
Carers of East Lothian (CoEL)
Directline:  0131 653 1056
Mobile:  07483 052 175

The Scottish Parliament wants to hear from you

From the Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee

Call for views

We are looking for views from people who provide, or receive, care and support at home. We want to hear from:

  • individuals receiving care at home
  • family members and unpaid carers
  • staff, managers or owners of a care at home services, or personal assistants providing care

We have created a short survey to understand the impact of Covid-19 on care at home services, and what issues the pandemic has highlighted, improved or made worse. Through the survey, there will also be opportunities to engage further with this inquiry. Experiences shared will be added to evidence and insights already gathered and will be used to support the Committee’s formal sessions in October and November 2020.

We would be grateful if you could share details of this call for views within your networks and/or the people you support.

How to submit your views

Please submit your views by Monday 7 September 2020.

Please use this link to submit your views through Citizen Space.

Covid-19 Mental Welfare Commission Advice Note (updated 7 August)

The Mental Welfare Commission is being contacted for advice on mental health care and treatment related to this pandemic

In light of this we have produced this updated advice note (version 13) for practitioners who are using the Mental Health Act and Adults with Incapacity Act when caring for patients.

Please read this Advice Note and share it with colleagues who may find it helpful. Please also note that it will likely be updated frequently as the situation develops. We will issue updates, but please also check our website for the latest version.

We hope you find this helpful and ask that you email us at if you have any questions or comments.

You can find the Advice Note here.

With our staff now all working from home, please also see here for details of contacting the Commission at this time.

Transport network set to be busy as pupils return

From Ryan Gilbert, Transport Scotland

A new campaign has been launched, encouraging commuters to consider active travel options and plan their journeys as schools get set to reopen this week.

Extra pressure is expected to be put on the transport network as more people look to return to their workplaces with the return of pupils to classrooms.

The Travel Safe campaign encourages commuters to walk, wheel or cycle instead of using public transport, and to travel outside peak times or continue to work from home if possible. If people do need to use public transport, they’re being encouraging to make use of live information from the network to help plan their journeys. 

Douglas Cairns from Transport Scotland said:

“While it’s welcome news that schools are reopening, it will put pressure on our road network and our public transport system as physical distancing rules are still in place.

“The Travel Safe campaign is asking commuters to help us keep Scotland moving by only travelling if you need to, and working from home if you can.

“If you do need to travel please walk, wheel or cycle wherever possible. You could also look to make your journey outside of the peak times.

“You can find up to date travel information on the Traffic Scotland website and twitter page, allowing you to plan ahead and check your route before you set off. Travel advice is also available on the Transport Scotland website.”

Staying connected

From Christine Muir, Senior Communications Officer, Scottish Recovery Network

Insights and inspiration from people across Scotland on staying well during and after lockdown

It is important that the voices and experiences of people from across the country influence thinking around how we support good mental health and wellbeing as we move through and out from the lockdown. Sharing learning from their online conversation cafés, Scottish Recovery Network have launched a set of resources (report, podcast and animation) which tap into the knowledge, skills and lived experience of people from different communities; particularly those living with mental health challenges.

Staying connected resources here

Scottish Recovery Network would love to hear how you are using these resources to encourage further conversations and action around mental health and wellbeing in your community.

Email or join the conversation on Twitter or Facebook with #StayingConnected

Care Inspectorate fortnightly report to the Scottish Parliament

From the Care Inspectorate Provider Update

Under the duties placed on us by the new Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act, we report to the Scottish Parliament fortnightly on our inspections activity. 

In order to robustly assess the arrangements put in place by care services to respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our inspections place a particular focus on infection prevention and control, personal protective equipment and staffing in care settings. This enables us to focus on these areas while also considering the overall quality of care and people’s wellbeing.  The reports we lay before Parliament are in addition to our normal process of publishing full inspection reports, which we will publish in due course. 

The report laid before the Scottish Parliament on 5 August is here.