From Michael Huddleston, Dementia Adviser, Alzheimer Scotland Edinburgh & Lothians
An update on our support
I hope this update finds you and your loved ones safe and well. It is over four months since the coronavirus pandemic impacted on Alzheimer Scotland. We are now beginning to see glimpses of ‘normality’ and are optimistic that this will mean we can recommence some of our local support and activity. At the absolute forefront of our plans is safety. Things will start slowly and on a small scale, however with the support and agreement of all the relevant Local Authorities, National Government and Public Health guidance we will build on this soon. I would like to thank you all for your ongoing understanding of this and we will keep you up to date on local developments.
‘I’m a Mental Health Occupational Therapist, who has a background in Physical and Mental Health Rehab and Acute services, as well as working as a Student Mental Health Adviser before moving into Primary Care Mental Health.
‘The corona virus pandemic is having a huge impact on people’s mental wellbeing. I feel privileged to work in such a dynamic service that really helps people get back on their feet, offering same day access to the right support at the right time.’
I hope you find this information useful – still some focus on Covid-19 but as we move forward the sections are interspersed with wider information.
East and Midlothian
What About the Men: The safe and together implementation group is undertaking a scoping exercise within local areas to identify what support is available for men in relation to parenting and domestic abuse. This is with a view to developing an information resource for men and staff to allow easier signposting and clear pathways for referral Can you please consider the following question: ‘What organisations in the local area work specifically with men in relation to their parenting or domestic abuse?’ and send relevant information to Veronica email@example.com (or Lesley Watson Lesley.Watson@midlothian.gov.uk or Jen Fraser firstname.lastname@example.org) by 10/08/20.
Midlothian Pride Survey The Midlothian People’s Equality Group (MPEG) would like your help. They have compiled a short survey asking for people’s views on the possibility of creating a Midlothian Pride event for 2021. Get involved and have your say – this survey is managed by the charity Pink Saltire.
East Lothian and Midlothian MARAC – SafeLives Scottish Marac Survey (attached). This survey of Scottish MARACs was carried out during the early stages of Lockdown (April—May 2020) . It’s worth noting that most would have had a couple of MARACs since lockdown, when there were still a lot of teething issues around remote MARACs and things have moved on for many areas since this data was gathered. It is an interesting report on how MARACs in Scotland faired during those first few challenging months. It was interesting that some areas have struggled with agency attendance. We are heartened that in East Lothian and Midlothian we have continued to work effectively together despite the disruption to our normal working arrangements – this is testament to the our collective continued commitment to MARAC.
Women’s Fund for Scotland: Covid Response, Recovery, Resilience: Grants of up to £5,000 are available under these 2 areas: Emergency Response and Recovery and Resilience. The Emergency Response strand is intended to equip organisations to deal with the changes required because of the covid-19 outbreak, to provide – so far as possible – the seamless provision of services. The Recovery and Resilience strand is intended to support organisations adapting their normal working practices to conform to any Government guidelines relating to Covid-19, whilst continuing to meet the needs of the women and girls they work with. In 2020 there will be one round, the deadline for receiving completed application forms and supporting documentation is 4pm, 10th of August 2020. You can get more information here
Ending childhood adversity a public health approach In a new report published on 23rd June 2020, Public Health Scotland sets out the importance of taking a public health approach to ending childhood adversity. This involves evidence-based action at a population level, acting on the social determinants of health in order to prevent poor outcomes. The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the need to prevent and mitigate childhood adversity, making it more important than ever to share the learning and progress made in this area. Sexual abuse, domestic abuse and other forms of gender based violence feature in the report.
Poverty, Inequality and Covid 19, Improvement Service: The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the world, but there are certain groups of people for whom the virus and the measures to stop the spread of the virus will have a greater negative impact. Research on influenza has found that in an epidemic, poverty and inequality can exacerbate rates of transmission and mortality for everyone. This useful overview includes a section on gender based violence.
Social media materials for FE/HE institutions to support victims of GBV: New social media materials have been produced to help universities and colleges across Scotland support staff and students who might be experiencing GBV while social distancing measures are in place.
Gender Based Violence: Disabled people and women with learning disabilities in particular are at a greater risk of experiencing Gender-based Violence. Public Health Scotland, SafeLives and partners have published easy read posters to highlight the risks of Gender-based Violence during the Covid-19 pandemic. The posters can be found here EASY READ
Upstream Prevention Pack Stop It Now! Scotland have created an Upstream Prevention pack designed to help keep children safe from sexual harm. The pack contains practical advice and resources for professionals, individuals and families. Leaflets are designed for online use and print. https://www.stopitnow.org.uk/stop-it-now-scotland/resources/ . If you wish to receive printed copies of any of these items, please contact email@example.com .
Safe Lives Scotland – new Domestic Abuse Network:Meeting No 1: June 2020 – practitioners explored the challenges and needs of services as we prepare to move out of lockdown read briefing no 1 *** biggest challenges moving out of lockdown– capacity, safety, meeting staff needs / what services need – staff, logistics, clarity, partner flexibility …
Free learning opportunities: Public Health Scotland’s Workforce Development Team has launched two new learning hubs.
Do you work with young people? The NHS has developed a short and anonymous survey for staff working with a young people in a wide range of settings. This is to try and find out more about the risks of teenage pregnancy and poor sexual health and help shape the response to young people across Scotland. If you work with young people please fill in the survey
Dogs Trust Freedom Project, dog fostering service for people fleeing domestic abuse, are hosting an online training session on Thursday 13th August at 11am. This free, hour long session will take place on Zoom and explore the dynamics of pets in domestic abuse relationships – it will include an overview of the project and time for questions and answers. To apply email Ashley Szafranek at: Ashley.Szafranek@dogstrust.org.uk.
Equally Safe Bulletin No 121, July 2020 – attached
Mrs America – excellent accurate drama on the feminist movement’s struggle for the Equal Rights Amendment in the United States from 1960 until today (still not amended) and the counter Republican Women’s movement!
Veronica Campanile Violence Against Women and Girls Coordinator East Lothian and Midlothian Public Protection Office Room F28 Brunton Hall 16 Ladywell Way Musselburgh EH21 6AF Direct tel: 01620 827475 Mobile: 07540 101 227/EMPPO Tel: 0131 653 5150 firstname.lastname@example.org https://emppc.org.uk
East Lothian Tenants and Residents Panel News is full of information about the different ways we support our members during the lockdown. You can find out about the hard work and activities undertaken by the groups, Executive Committee and our priorities going forward.
From Morag Cockburn, Senior Partnerships Officer, Home Energy Scotland
We recognise that householders may be struggling with their fuel bills at this time, perhaps staying at home more than usual or experiencing reduced incomes – we can help. Our free, impartial energy advice service from Scottish Government is open, with our telephone advisors working safely from home to help householders worried about their energy bills or struggling to stay warm.
In particular we have access to newly available crisis funding for people with prepayment meters who are struggling with rising energy costs. Please share this with your contacts but we would really appreciate if you don’t make the following information public, as eligibility will be assessed by our advisors alongside the other advice they provide. The funding comes in the form of top-up vouchers – the advisors will have a chat to the client and provide information and support with managing energy use and if they are eligible they will be referred to receive a code which can be redeemed at PayPoint / Post Office.
If you want to share the information via your networks, we suggest this messaging:
We’re working in partnership with Home Energy Scotland, the energy advice service funded by the Scottish Government. Home Energy Scotland provide support for households with prepayment meters, including access to crisis funding. We can refer you to Home Energy Scotland, especially if you’re finding it hard to stay warm and keep up with your bills or you can call free yourself on 0808 808 2282.
We also have a useful flyer that you can download here.
If you have any questions, would be interested in being set up on our online referral portal or would like hard copies of the attached leaflet please get in touch.
Morag Cockburn Senior Partnerships Officer Home Energy Scotland | 36 Newhaven Road | Edinburgh | EH6 5PY | Mobile 07554 881 501 | Direct Dial 0131 468 8659
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Staff at East Lothian Community Hospital now have access to an attractive and comfortable outdoor space thanks to charitable funds received from Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation.
Before the new benches and parasols were installed, staff would either stand during breaks or sit on the ground if they wanted to grab some fresh air. Now, thanks to the funding provided, they have access to a more comfortable and welcoming outdoor space to rest, relax and take some much needed time out from long and busy shifts, while also still being able to adhere to social distancing requirements.
‘The health benefits of spending time in the fresh air are wide ranging, from helping to reduce stress and fatigue to improving mood and reducing heart rate. In fact, spending just 20 minutes outdoors is enough to spark a positive change.
‘Staff wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do at Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation, so we were delighted to be able to support East Lothian Community Hospital with their wellbeing project. Making the most of these outdoor spaces is not only important during these times of increased stress and pressure, but is also something from which staff can benefit beyond the pandemic.’
Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation’s Green Health Programme Manager, Ian Mackenzie
And here are some of the reactions to the new facility
‘Thank you so much Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation for supporting this wonderful facility for our hard-working health and social care staff.
‘Promoting staff health and wellbeing is key to all that we do in the Partnership and the rooftop garden is a fantastic resource for people needing to take a break and reset during the course of the working day.
‘I know that it’s much appreciated and our staff based at East Lothian Community Hospital are already making good use of it.’
Councillor Fiona O’Donnell, Chair of East Lothian Integration Joint Board
‘We are very lucky to have this lovely new building with designated outdoor staff areas and fabulous views over the Lammermuirs.
‘During the Covid-19 restrictions, we thought it was important for staff wellbeing to have some areas within the hospital where they could get away from their clinical area, taking time for some self care on their breaks, especially during the lovely weather we had.
‘Unfortunately there was not enough furniture for all staff to sit and enjoy this so we applied to Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation and they kindly funded these picnic tables and benches.’
Suzanne Walker, Community Psychiatric Nurse at East Lothian Community Hospital
‘I am so grateful to the Foundation for the kind donation of the benches. We are so lucky to have such a beautiful outdoor space at East Lothian Community Hospital, and all the staff are really feeling the benefit of being able to sit comfortably outside during breaks.
‘In fact, one staff member commented to me that they had already had a socially distanced team catch up on the benches.’
Community Clinical Lead Physiotherapist, Victoria Houston
Laura Scott our Activities Co-ordinator at the Abbey has sent us this YouTube link from North Berwick Beavers.
The film was made by Beavers leader Laura Hill.
‘Beavers will now be sending us Origami Fish and we are creating an Under The Sea mural which these will be added to, with photos as we progress. Very pleased with this.
‘The Great Indoors Badges are the Scouting Association’s response to enable them to stay engaged with their groups during the Covid pandemic. It fits in well with their regular community engagement themes because it encourages Beaver groups to find out about members of their community and how they have dealt with Covid.
‘And also, by kindly sending us origami fish, they are demonstrating a new skill they have learnt, to be used in our collaborative mural.’
Welcome to the latest North Berwick Day Centre newsletter.
Can I draw your attention to page 3 where there is a picture and short story of a young girl who is helping out at the centre with baking for members instead of helping abroad during her gap year which was cancelled due to COVID; so there is a silver lining after all!
After over 20 years service with East Lothian Council and now East Lothian Health & Social Care Partnership, John Gibson, Senior Workforce Development Officer in Adult Services is retiring. Many of you will have met John throughout his working career in his training and workforce development role.