Move More – volunteers required


Can you help spread the word?

Macmillan Move More East Lothian are looking for Volunteers to help support people living with and beyond cancer across the county to become, and stay, more physically active as Gentle Movement Class Leads, Motivators and Buddy Walkers. Full training and support is provided 🙂

If you or someone you know have a couple of hours a month to dedicate to helping others, please see full details on the enjoyleisure Macmillan Move More East Lothian webpage, email or check out and share our advert on Facebook and Instagram.

Move More East Lothian is a 12 week physical activity programme (see schedule attached), delivered by enjoyleisure, in partnership with East Lothian Council and Macmillan Cancer Support. Individuals with a cancer experience can apply to join themselves or be referred by a healthcare professional, and fully trained Cancer Rehabilitation exercise instructors and volunteers then facilitate the activities both in-person and online, ensuring they are tailored and at a pace that’s right for the participant, helping to build confidence, balance and strength, in a fun and supportive environment. The programme offers a range of activities, including;

  • Gym/Circuits-based classes
  • Gentle Movement classes (Tai Chi / Qigong fusion with meditation)
  • Health & Wellbeing walks
  • Gardening groups

For people living with cancer, taking part in physical activity before, during and after cancer treatment can play a huge part in enabling them to take back control, prevent and manage some of the effects of treatment such as fatigue, depression and risks to heart health, and many people tell us that it helps them to feel more like their old self.

Please feel free to share the attached poster, programme leaflet and activity schedule with anyone you think would be interested in volunteering or joining the programme as a participant.

Thank you!


Shauna Cunningham

Macmillan Move More Coordinator
enjoyleisure, Head Office, Musselburgh Sports Centre, Newbigging, Musselburgh, EH21 7AS
T: 0131 653 5264  |  Internal: 4264  |  E: | M: 07929 015 087

Please note, my working pattern is Mon, Tues and Thurs 

Give us your views about service-user/patient IT systems

Dear Colleagues

East Lothian Health & Social Care Partnership would like to hear from you about the service-user/patient IT systems you access on a daily basis to support you in your role.

Please take 5 minutes to complete the survey

Please share this survey with as many East Lothian Health & Social Care Partnership colleagues, encouraging them to have their say. This will support the work ongoing to understand our IT system connectivity requirements and needs within our Partnership.

Closing date is Tuesday 3rd August 2021.

Thank you for your time.

Iain Gorman
Head of Operations
(PA: Rob Kerr 0162082 7790 / 07814 366644 

Huntington’s disease: an enabling approach to supporting families

From Scottish Huntington’s Association

Applications are now open for learners from across Scotland, the UK and around the world for 2021 entry to a pioneering undergraduate module created in partnership with families impacted by Huntington’s disease.  

Delivered by University of Stirling in collaboration with Scottish Huntington’s Association, ‘Huntington’s disease: an enabling approach to supporting families’ is of particular interest to health and social care professionals who work with clients from the HD community, including carers and young people growing up in HD families. 

Learners will draw on current global research and practice in the field in order to provide improved care and support to people impacted by HD. The module begins on 13 September 2021 with a virtual one-day session, followed by 14 weeks of online learning and study. All learning will be delivered online and can be accessed at times to suit individual learners.

Course fees are £675 and the SCQF level 10 module carries 20 credits. To find out more, visit or email 

EU Settlement Scheme – the deadline has now passed

Update from COSLA

Wednesday, 30 June 2021, was the deadline for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members, who were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020.

More than six million applications were made to the EU Settlement Scheme before the 30 June deadline, marking an astonishing success in protecting the rights of EU, EEA and Swiss citizens in the UK.

The statistics released today (Friday 2 July) show there were 6.02 million applications made to the scheme by 30 June with 5.1 million grants of status. There have been more than 5.3 million applications from England, 291,200 from Scotland, 98,600 from Wales, and 98,400 from Northern Ireland.  

The surge in applications, including more than 400,000 in June alone, means that there are around 570,000 pending applications. The Government has repeatedly assured those who applied before the deadline that they will have their rights protected until their application is decided, as set out in law, and they have the means to prove their protected rights if needed. 

A full statistics report highlighting details of applications made by the end of June 2021 will be published in due course.  

The Home Office would like to thank you for all your support throughout the scheme. Your work has been invaluable in reaching EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members, and helping them to secure their rights in UK law.

From Thursday 1 July 2021, EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members are now required to obtain a valid UK immigration status to be in the UK, either through the EUSS, if they were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 or are a joining family member, or through a valid visa.

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can expect to be asked to show their digital status to prove their right to work or their right to rent to landlords in England. Other departments, such as HMRC, DWP and the NHS, will have automatic access to their status to check a person’s eligibility for free healthcare, benefits and access to public funds.

Pending applications

Anyone who made an application by the 30 June 2021 deadline will have their existing rights protected, pending the outcome of their application. Applicants are issued with a Certificate of Application, which can be relied on to evidence their rights.

Their Certificate of Application will be available in their view and prove account or will be sent to them by post. Landlords and employers can also use the Home Office view and prove service to confirm protected rights for an individual.

The Home Office will contact any applicant where we need further information to progress their application.

How to access and update digital status

You can view your EUSS status online, via the view and prove your immigration status service.

Please refer to the following guide for further information about using your digital status: ‘Your immigration status: an introduction for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens’.

Switching from pre-settled status to settled-status

If you hold pre-settled status, you can apply to switch to settled status as soon as you’re eligible. This is usually after you’ve lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 5 years in a row (known as ‘continuous residence’).

You do not need to have held pre-settled status for 5 years before you can apply to switch to settled status. If you have spent more than 6 months outside the UK in a 12-month period, you may not be eligible for settled status.

To switch, you must apply to the EUSS again before your pre-settled status expires. For further information, please refer to the guidance available on GOV.UK.

Joining family members

Family members of any nationality of EU, EEA or Swiss citizens who were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, can apply at any time, where the family relationship was formed by that date (except where a child was born or adopted after it) and continues to exist. They may be able to apply to the EUSS from outside the UK or they may need to apply for an EUSS family permit to come to the UK and then apply to the EUSS once here.

Applying for children

EU, EEA or Swiss citizens who were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 must apply to the EUSS for their children who are not British citizens. For further information please refer to the guidance available on GOV.UK.

If they are expecting to have a child (or have given birth since 1 April 2021), then the child will also need to have an application made on their behalf to the EUSS within 3 months of their date of birth. However, if either of the child’s parents had settled status under the EUSS (or another form of indefinite leave to enter or remain) before the child was born, then they don’t need to make an application on their behalf, as the child will be a British citizen.  

Before you travel – crossing the UK border after 30 June 2021

Individuals with pre-settled or settled status under the EUSS should ensure that they update their online account with all valid travel documents (such as passports or national identity cards) that they hold and intend to use for travel, to avoid any unnecessary delays at the border. They can do this online by using the view and prove service, which enables individuals with digital status to keep their travel documents updated.

Applications made after 30 June 2021 deadline

In line with the Citizens’ Rights Agreements, there remains scope for a person eligible for status under the EUSS to make a late application to the scheme where there are reasonable grounds for their having missed the deadline.

We have published non-exhaustive guidance on reasonable grounds for missing the deadline on GOV.UK.

Where a person did not apply before the deadline, they must make a valid application online or on the relevant paper application form – and provide information with the application setting out their grounds for applying late.

The Home Office will continue to look to grant status, rather than for reasons to refuse. A flexible and pragmatic approach will be taken in considering whether there are reasonable grounds for the person’s failure to apply by the deadline.

If someone without status is encountered who may be eligible for it, they will be provided with a written notice giving them an opportunity to apply to the scheme, setting out their reasonable grounds for missing the deadline, normally within 28 days, and signposted to the support available.

Important information

We will be publishing new information guides on GOV.UK. We will share these with you over the coming days. However, information on late applications can be found on GOV.UK and information for community groups can be found on GOV.UK here.

New social media assets reflecting the deadline passing are also available on our Brandworkz platform.

We will continue to send you regular updates on the scheme with the latest information on scheme performance, new communications materials and the new points-based immigration system.

Recruitment underway for Chair of Community Justice Scotland

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The role of Chair of Community Justice Scotland has now gone live for recruitment.
Community Justice Scotland is an ambitious organisation which is focused on promoting positive messages about people who are in contact with the criminal justice system and the need for a wider range of services to offer them support to address the underlying reasons for their offending behaviour and prevent further offending.  The role of CJS Members, including the Chair, is to provide leadership, direction, support and guidance to ensure that CJS delivers and is committed to delivering its functions effectively and efficiently with the aims, policies and priorities of Scottish Ministers. 

Find more information about the role: Scottish Government – Public Appointments (

Invitation to Compassionate Communities Fringe by the Sea event with Richard Holloway and Dr Kathryn Mannix

Home | Compassionate Communities Enabling community based palliatiative  care.

Compassionate Communities team are delighted to announce that there will be a North Berwick Fringe By The Sea ‘in conversation’ event, on the 12th August 3 – 4.30 pm with Richard Holloway and Dr Kathryn Mannix, on her pioneering book, ‘With the End in Mind’. Tickets will be available online from 1st of July. Prior to this event there will be an opportunity to join the North Berwick Compassionate Community team, to discuss themes from the book, at a lunchtime book club on the 9th August at one of the Fringe by the Sea venues.

About the author: Dr Kathryn Mannix has studied and practiced palliative care for thirty years, she interlinks her experiences as a care giver with those of her patients and families and reacquaints us with the universal, but deeply personal, process of dying.

Places are limited to only 12 so if you are interested in attending this event, can you let us know by emailing We will then forward you a link to a free ticket.  Every participant for the book group will receive a free copy of the book prior to the Book Group.

Peer Support Service launched for Social Workers

A free peer support service has been launched for social workers across Scotland.

The Social Work Professional Support Service is designed by and for social workers to support, and be supported by, colleagues across the profession. This free and confidential service offers an essential space for social workers at any stage of their career to talk through personal and professional challenges, and to find solutions and ways forward, supported by a volunteer coach who is also a social worker.  

You can access video or telephone sessions with a trained volunteer coach who understands the challenges faced by the social work community. Social workers who want to support their peers can also volunteer to become coaches themselves and receive training in coaching and mentoring.

The service is being funded by the Scottish Government, and delivered by the Scottish Association of Social Work, in partnership with Strengthening Practice, a relational social care training company with a proven history in coaching and support.  

If you want to find out more about how to access support, or how to apply to become a volunteer coach, follow this link:

Update from North Berwick Compassionate Community

North Berwick Compassionate Community team have amended their plans, as many organizations have during COVID times. The team have worked to develop the opportunities to have the public conversations about ‘death dying and grief’ in our community, alongside the development of an ‘emotional support’ initiative. Below we have shared a little of what we have been doing:

Big Conversation Thread

Armchair online Chats

We have run a series of online armchair chats. The events have been very well attended with between 25-60 people registering for each event. Each online event has a theme linked to the ‘Compassionate Community’ ethos.  Our events have grown creatively, with live, ‘light’ music, poetry readings and book excerpts from local authors. The aim was to support live speaker discussion on some of the issues associated with death, dying, grief and loneliness.  There has been interest from other organizations on our creative approach to online working borne out of Covid restrictions, which has been shared through the ‘Truacanta ‘ network.

  • February 2021 – St Columba Care’s Compassionate Neighbour Project presentation; music performed by musician/singer Harley Louden and readings from professional poet, Hannah Laverey.
  • March 2021- Local solicitor, Dorothy Kellas, discussing legal issues, supported by readings from local author, Isla Aitken and professional singer, Ruth Stapelton
  • April 2021- Presentation by Jude Meryl on Soul Midwives and End of Life Doulas, supported by local author, Lucy Aykroyd and professional singer, Abi Meryl
  • May 2021- Dr Kathryn Mannix- renowned hospice doctor and author of the book ‘With the End in Mind’ and professional singer, Ruth Stapleton

August 2021 Fringe by the Sea

North Berwick Compassionate Communities will host two events:

  1. 12th August 2021 Delighted to welcome back both Dr Kathryn Mannix, hospice doctor and author who will be in conversation with Richard Holloway, the former Bishop of Edinburgh, writer and broadcaster.
  • 11th August 2021 Alan MacLean, Chartered Psychologist specializing in emotional and wellbeing will present two masterclasses on his model for emotional wellbeing for teachers, community workers, young people and the community. The masterclass will be based on his renowned book ‘Knowing and Growing’.

North Berwick Compassionate Community Support Thread    

The second thread is the support thread that aims to support individuals living with a life limiting diagnosis/terminal diagnosis in our community. It was fortuitous that the Compassionate Community team had contact with St Columba’s Hospice Care and realised that collaboration with their pilot Compassionate Neighbours’ project would enable us to take forward our goal of supporting people in our own community. We have now trained six volunteers in the Compassionate Neighbour’s Training, and we have a further six volunteers waiting for training. This will enable us to have a small hub of volunteers in North Berwick to offer support and to do the things that a ‘good neighbor ‘would offer to people at the end of their life. We are almost at the point of accepting referrals

In addition, two of the volunteers have undertaken the EASE training developed by Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief and the Scottish Palliative Care Network.  They are also now trained as facilitators of the EASE training and will commence training in North Berwick mid August 2021. 

We have also been considering the long -term feasibility of the project and are in discussions with the Community Connections Project to integrate our hub of compassionate neighbours into their project. In the meantime, St Columba’s Hospice Care will continue to train and supervise and carry out PVG checks on our hub of volunteers. We are hoping that the Community Connections’ worker will be able to shadow the hospice for a period of time before the project can transitions to be independent of the hospice.

The team would welcome any questions or further discussion on any aspects of the project. We would appreciate discussion with the Reference Group and in particular support in the following areas:

  1. Involvement with local organisations to share information about the project and potential referral routes
  2. A social media and publicity strategy
  3. Advice on developing a referral pathway and appropriate paperwork.
  4. Advice on lone working policy and practice
  5. Support for supervision of the volunteer hub.
  6. Advertising the events at Fringe by The Sea

If any members of the Reference Group would like to be involved please do email for further information or a phone chat.

Susan Woods
Senior Business Support Assistant
North Berwick Community Centre
Telephone: 01620 893056