COSLA Elected Members update

Restrictions on travelling around Scotland are to be lifted from 16 April and people will be allowed to meet in groups of up to six adults from six households in outdoor settings. 

The Scottish Government has launched the Spring phase of their Clear Your Head Mental Health Campaign. This phase of the campaign targets 18-44 year olds, who have been shown to be more likely to worry than those aged 45+. This younger population will be supported to look after their mental health as we emerge from lockdown in the next two months.

Key messaging will be around self-care (keeping active, sticking to a routine, doing things you enjoy), managing intense moods, and the importance of keeping in touch with family and friends to combat loneliness. The campaign will also include tips to help individuals with their mental health during the Spring period.

Read the full bulletin here.

Break the chain

Almost 1 in 3 people who have Covid-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but are potentially passing the virus on to loved ones, friends and others in the community.

That’s why mobile Covid-19 asymptomatic testing units are being deployed in East Lothian for a further period in a bid to help identify positive cases in people without symptoms of the virus and break chains of transmission in our communities.

There will be mobile testing units at:

  • Dunbar Leisure Pool – 14 & 15 April; 19, 20 & 21 April
  • Loch Centre, Tranent – 14 & 15 April; 19, 20 & 21 April
  • Port Seton Centre – 16, 17 & 18 April; 22, 23 & 24 April
  • The Mercat Bar & Grill, Whitecraig – 16, 17 & 18 April; 22, 23 & 24 April

You can turn up to take a test on a walk-in basis. Appointments are also available. Members of the public who have no symptoms associated with Covid-19, but who may be infectious and spreading the disease without knowing it, can book a test online – when asked why you are booking a test, select the option ‘my local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms’.

Alternatively telephone 0300 303 2713 to book. Appointments can be booked on the evening prior to when you want to be tested.

It’s possible for people who have been tested to return for a further test at a later date, in order to check that they have not become infectious. More information is available at

Women’s wellbeing events

From Women’s Aid and Anam Cara

As women why do we find it so difficult to lead the lives we really want to? What beliefs about ourselves stop us from meeting our  needs and caring for ourselves. ?

These workshops can help you explore and enhance your own emotional wellbeing.

Anam Cara will facilitate workshops which will provide techniques and strategies to ensure you have the skills to improve your emotional outlook.

Some topics covered will be:

  • Dealing with guilt and resentment Recognising our triggers and where they come from
  • Changing negative thoughts and behaviours Living happier and  braver lives.

Please join us for this relaxed and friendly session where you can meet other women, share experiences and gain a sense of belonging. Sessions are on Monday 10th 17th & 24th May 2021.

To book your FREE place please call Julie 07551 406 942 or email

Celebrating Communities update

Dear all, we’d be really grateful if you could circulate this e mail to whoever might be interested. 

Here’s a link to our monthly community conversation drop in and an update on the Celebrating Communities project, which is all about valuing and building in how our communities support each other, especially over the last year and a bit.

 All are welcome to the community conversation drop ins, the next is on Thursday 15th April, 10.30am.  This month we’re welcoming some friends from other dementia friendly communities, sharing news and views and we hope also making new friends.  

You can find information and a link to the invitation to the next drop in here.  

We look forward to seeing you soon! 

Thank you for all your help and support as ever.

Take care stay safe


Sue  & Maya 

Sue Northrop
Dementia Friendly East Lothian CIC

Connections for life

Catherine Cain, Connections for Life Carer Support Worker, Carers of East Lothian, writes…

The Connections for Life Project aims to promote effective communication around the subject of suicide and to increase carers’ confidence in their ability to support someone experiencing these thoughts. We run small group training sessions and provide one-to-one support from a dedicated Carer Support Worker. Further information is available on our site:

I’ve also attached two promotional leaflets here, one for carers themselves (who can self-refer) and another for professionals wishing to refer a carer in. Referrals can be made via the form on our website:

Or you can download the leaflet and form at the links below

Many thanks,


Catherine Cain
Carer Support Worker – Connections for Life
Carers of East Lothian (CoEL)
Days of Work – Tuesday & Wednesday

Alzheimer Scotland Mid and East Lothian update

From Michael Huddleston, Dementia Advisor, Edinburgh & Lothians

I hope you are well and looking forward to the change in restrictions from “Stay at Home” to “Stay Local” tomorrow (Friday 2nd April), as well as being able to see up to 4 people from two different households out-of-doors in time for the Easter weekend. A brief update today with particular relevance to families with loved ones in long-term care but with a bearing on all, particularly our Fair Dementia Care campaign:

  • Alzheimer Scotland’s Fair Dementia Care survey

As part of our Fair Dementia Care pledge campaign – here – we have created a short survey to give us more of an insight into the experiences of people paying for care. The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete and the answer will help inform our campaign, both in the run up to the Scottish General Election and in the future.

The survey – here – is open until 16 April.

  • tide (together in dementia everyday)

tide are leading a project commissioned by the Scottish Government around restoring relationships and reconnecting families in care homes. Should you wish to share your views, you can fill out their survey here.

A reminder, too:

  • Alzheimer Scotland’s “Action on Rights” team: Funded by the Scottish Government, Alzheimer Scotland have appointed a team of staff whose role is to support families experiencing challenges in relation to visiting or maintaining meaningful contact with loved ones in care settings during the pandemic. This new service is available to anyone who has a relative or friend who is resident in a care home in Scotland. You can access the Action on Rights team by calling our 24-hour Freephone Dementia Helpline on 0808 808 3000 or emailing For more information, please visit: You can also get in touch with me directly if you would like to discuss your situation in advance of contacting Action on Rights.

Alzheimer Scotland continue to provide support, information and advice by telephone and video consultation. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns we can support you to address.

Take care.


Michael Huddleston
Dementia Advisor
Edinburgh & Lothians
0131 654 1114  
07831 859490

Join us for the Carers’ Big Day Out at Foxlake on 11 June 2021

East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership is inviting carers of all ages to a big day out at Foxlake Adventures in Dunbar on 11 June 2021 as part of Carers Week 2021 celebrations.

As everyone has been very much stuck at home during the last year, we thought we’d take the opportunity of the easing in restrictions to offer carers a chance to get out and about in the open air. 

We are offering morning and afternoon sessions, so you can choose times that best suit your circumstances. You can bring the person you care for with you or we can see how we can offer them support, if necessary, so that you are free to come on your own. We will also offer help with getting you there and back.

There are lots of activities on offer if you want to do something challenging and exciting. However, if a stroll and a cup of tea are more appealing, we can provide that too. We’ll be offering free morning coffee or afternoon tea to everyone who comes. The whole event is free and Foxlake’s team and ELHSCP staff will be on hand to help.

Go on…take the plunge. We’re looking forward to seeing you.

PS If you are interested in coming, please fill in the form below and return it to us or give Jane at ELHSCP a ring on 01620 827 755 as soon as you can so that we can give Foxlake an idea of numbers.

Download our application form here