Please take this opportunity to have your say about health and social care, housing and place in East Lothian

The engagement that will shape three major strategies is now open.

  • Local Housing Strategy
  • IJB Strategic Plan
  • Local Development Plan

You can choose to feed back using our online survey or download our DIY engagement pack if you want to work on it with a group of people. Find out more on the East Lothian Consultation Hub/Health, Housing and Place page

We need to have your feedback by 31 May 2022 – please have your say – these plans will shape services and surrounding in East Lothian for years to come.

Community recruitment fairs this month!

East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership has teamed up with The Action Group, Enable, Elcap, Crossreach, With You Support, Scottish Autism and Ark Housing Association to host a number of recruitment fairs around the county for people who are interested in working with people with learning disabilities. People can find out more about roles in care at home and supporting people to live independently in their communities. 

It would be great for people starting out in the world of work, looking to return after a career break or just wanting a job that is always different and often very rewarding, consider a career supporting people with learning disabilities.

These roles:

  • are full-time and part-time
  • offer competitive salaries
  • offer flexible working
  • provide training for career progression.

Find out more by coming along to one of our recruitment fairs and talking to experts about what you would like to do and how to make your experience work for you.

  • North Berwick Community Centre, Main Hall – Monday 25 April from 1 to 4pm 
  • Dunbar Bleaching Field, Hall 1 – Tuesday 26 April from 9am to 3.15pm 
  • Tranent, Fraser Centre, Cinema Hall 2, Thursday 28 April 9am to 1pm 
  • Haddington, John Gray Centre, Star Room – Tuesday 3 May 9am to 5pm

This week’s jobs with ELHSCP

Violence Against Women and Girls recognised as a major public health issue in Scotland

Public Health Scotland has published six new briefings that outline the relationship between Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and Scotland’s public health priorities.

In Scotland, VAWG is a major public health issue. Gender and sex are important determinants of health with many health conditions, health behaviours and exposures to health risks varying because of gender inequality.  We know it is important to consider gender and recognise the impact of gender inequality to address VAWG. The briefings take this into account and offer recommendations for what a public health response to VAWG could look like. The briefings highlight:

  • The challenges faced by women in Scotland to live in safe places and communities
  • How the early years shape attitudes towards violence against women 
  • How the impact of experiencing violence as children can impact on adulthood
  • The challenges faced by women in Scotland to achieve positive mental health
  • The complex relationship with alcohol and drugs
  • The weaker economic position of women in Scotland, relative to men
  • The barriers to eating well, having a healthy weight and being physically active

The briefings also offer recommendations for what a public health response to VAWG and the priorities could include.Nor further information contact: Emma Kennedy  or Kevin Campbell

Creative Breaks for carers

From Alison Brown, Short Breaks Fund Manager, Shared Care Scotland

Help available!

The Short Breaks Fund team is here to help. We strongly recommend that you take advantage of the support available to help you develop the strongest possible application.
We are delivering our workshop sessions online only. Please book a place on one of our sessions which will be run via Zoom. For dates and times of these sessions please visit the Creative Breaks page on our website. You will need access to a computer preferably with a webcam and you will definitely need a microphone.

Alternatively, you can call in to discuss your application in more detail during one of our phone-in sessions (see the Creative Breaks page for details).
For full details on our workshops and call-in days, click here

To apply, visit the Creative Breaks page on our website and download the application form, budget template and guidance for applicants.

Completed applications should be sent to by 5pm on Thursday 19th May 2022 (late or incomplete applications will not be accepted)

Click here to download the form, template & guidance

And finally…

Please share this information with your contacts; we are always keen to hear from new organisations.

John Bellany Day Centre is looking for your views

From John Bellany Day Centre

John Bellany Day Centre are very keen to expand its range of services to provide Outreach Support to our older population in Cockenzie, Port Seton, and Longniddry.

We see our role as providing social support, not medical intervention, as this type of service is offered by health and private agencies who already operate within these communities.

We are conscious that not all our older population have family, carer or neighbour support and may need others to assist them with e.g. shopping, making personal appointments and getting to them, domestic tasks or other items that they can no longer manage.

Family and carers may be providing daily support to a loved one and need some respite. A sitter service may be a useful option to alleviate some of the stress of constant care.
All of these and more may be items that you face daily.

We need to hear from you to tell us what would be helpful to you. Please do this whether you are supported by family/carer or live alone.

Download full information here