Fisherrow Newsletter 2 July 2020

From David Rowse, Senior Day Services Officer, Fisherrow

Hi Everyone,                                                                                 

Here is the latest Fisherrow newsletter to let you see what other people are getting up to.

Please keep safe and well.

Kind regards

David Rowse    
07725 218 157

EU Settlement Scheme update

As you may be aware, the UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020.

As a reminder, this means that you and your family may need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme for either Settled or Pre-Settled Status if you want to continue to live and work in the UK after Brexit.

The deadline to apply is the 30 June 2021, which is only 359 days away

If you are still to apply, there is time, but please don’t delay. 


Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic a wide range of support has remained available for those who need help applying or have questions about the scheme. The Settlement Resolution Centre telephone service has resumed  (this support service is for new applicants as well as for those who have already applied).

In addition to existing support under the Stay in Scotland campaign, the Scottish Government commissioned Just Right Scotland, a legal centre for justice and human rights, to develop a range of factsheets for EU citizens. This guidance explains the rights of EU citizens in Scotland to vote, work and access healthcare, education, housing and benefits. These are now available in English, Polish, Romanian, Lithuanian, Spanish and Italian and can be accessed through this link.

If you have any enquiries please contact the Home Office:

Enjoying our beaches

From East Lothian Council’s Inform staff magazine

As some restrictions eased and coastal car parks re-opened, more people have been returning to the county’s beaches during the fine weather.

Visitors to Gullane beach have been reminded to clear up after them thanks to this sign spotted a few weeks ago by Countryside Rangers and shared widely across social media.

Unfortunately we gather it has been removed now.


From East Lothian Council Inform staff magazine

A public consultation is now underway on plans to ensure a major area of development in the county can become a national example of environmentally-friendly and inclusive development. 

The consultation aligns with the Council’s National Development bid submitted last month. The area has been identified as a place-based response to East Lothian Council’s Climate Change Strategy, approved by Cabinet in January 2020 and interacts with the existing communities of Tranent, Prestonpans, Cockenzie and Port Seton and Longniddry and Macmerry.

The public consultation will ask all interested parties for their views on all or part of the strategy, which focuses on:

  • Access and Movement
  • The Water Environment
  • Culture, Heritage and Leisure
  • Greenspace and Biodiversity
  • Strong Communities, Regeneration and Enterprise

It is based around a study, drawn up in partnership with East Lothian Council, the Scottish Government, The Lothian Drainage Partnership, SEPA, Scottish Water and Scottish Natural Heritage, called ClimatEvolution Vision and Action Plan.

East Lothian Council spokesperson for Environment, Norman Hampshire, said:

“The vision and action plan is not a finalised masterplan for the area, rather it is a high level document which sets out an ambitious vision for the area over the coming 30 years. This is a unique opportunity for anyone with an interest in the area to give us their views. We will look carefully at all consultation responses as we want to ensure we are putting forward the very best proposals for this key area of East Lothian – for the benefit of all its residents present and future and for the communities as a whole.

“It’s an exciting opportunity to ensure that one of the key areas of East Lothian, which is one of the fastest growing local authority areas in Scotland, is developed in an innovative way. We’re looking at how developments can be carbon neutral and bring forward major community benefits such as healthy walking and cycling links, an attractive natural environment, employment opportunities, innovative energy generation and first class leisure facilities.

“It’s not all about what’s new, though. We are looking at enhancing the existing local environment and making the most of the area’s unique history as well as its mining and agricultural heritage and the site of the Battle of Prestonpans.”

Potential projects for the area contained in the vision document include:      

  • New transport hubs linking rail, road, cycling and walking
  • Facilities linked to the transport hubs detailing the history of the area including the Battle of Prestonpans, which may attract tourism
  • Outdoor leisure facilities
  • Climate resilient planting programme
  • Use of underground water, including mine water, to create geothermal energy

East Lothian Council took the decision to go ahead with the consultation under its Emergency Recess procedures, which allow for council business to continue despite the Coronavirus crisis. While elements of public consultation, such as public meetings, will not be taking place – plans are being developed to make the consultation as inclusive as possible while doing things in a slightly different way to standard procedures, including putting more emphasis on online resources and more active engagement with community councils, Area Partnerships and other community groups.

It is uncertain for what period of time public gatherings will be restricted so the council took the view that it is important that consultations can go ahead during this time instead of being postponed indefinitely. There is also a finite timescale for the Scottish Government’s request for ideas for its National Planning Framework 4, which is likely to be looked at in early 2021. The council’s aim is to have the Climate Evolution Zone designated as a nationally-important development – so an amended report based on the consultation responses needs to be finalised before the end of 2020.

The consultation can be accessed on the council’s consultation hub . Details of community engagement activities will be available soon.

Recording the COVID experience

The John Gray Centre is looking for your help to record the Covid experience in East Lothian. This could be photos of home haircuts, signs, street graffiti. Objects such as painted stones or handmade masks (clean of course!) or diaries or videos – whatever you think represents these times we’d love to hear from you. Read more about the project here and drop them a message if you can help.

Violence against women and girls update June 2020

By Veronica Campanile, Violence Against Women and Girls Coordinator

Below is the June information note – once again the main focus is Covid-19 with general VAWG information at the end. 

Please make use of what you can and cascade to whoever you think may find this useful.

If you received this from someone else and you would like to be on the distribution list just let me know.


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

Read the full update here.

Further reading:

Scottish Contact Tracing Programme – SCAM PREVENTION ADVICE

The NHS Scotland Contact Tracing Programme is extremely important in the fight against coronavirus and it’s vital the public get on board with it.

Unfortunately, criminals will exploit every opportunity they can to defraud innocent people of their money, or steal their personal details.

Health boards have a variety of mechanisms in place to reassure people that Contact Tracers are legitimate, including call back options, visible numbers, and specific location and date information.

To help protect yourself from any such scam be aware that contact tracers WILL:

  • Get in touch by phone call or text message.
  • Introduce themselves, state the reason for their call, and will always identify the call recipient by name.
  • Only ask for information about your movements and the people you have been in close physical proximity to.

Contact tracers will NEVER:

  • Ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to them.
  • Ask you to make any form of payment, including a charitable donation.
  • Ask for any details about your medical history.
  • Ask for any details about your bank account.
  • Ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts.
  • Ask you for passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs on the phone.
  • Ask you to purchase a product or attempt to sell you anything.
  • Ask you to download any software to your device or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet.

How to book John Muir House ELHSCP Managers’ Meeting Area by email

From ELHSCP Operational Business Manager Catriona Cockburn

From Monday 29th June 2020 all attendance at ELHSCP – John Muir House Managers Meeting area is required to be booked via emailing:  

The current maximum capacity of this area will be 6 attendees, this may be reviewed as guidance is continually reviewed in line with advice on maintaining social distances. Any updates will be communicated.

Facilities in this area are;-

  • Access to WiFi
  • four work areas that will each have a NHS Wyse terminal and an ELC Wyse Terminal. You may be required to bring your own keyboard/mouse to reduce sharing of equipment, clarification is being sought from ELC.
  • four NHS laptop docking stations
  • four telephones that can be signed into if you have an East Lothian Council telephone number
  • Access to a printer/scanner
  • Access to kitchen facilities is controlled to manage social distancing – please bring your own refreshments

Requests can be made for up to four Managers to access IT facilities or up to six colleagues for essential fac- to-face socially distanced meetings. However any cancelled bookings will impact on access for other colleagues in need of work/essential meeting space. Please ensure that any cancellations are emailed to generic email  

Do not email the PA’s directly as the room booking information is currently a paper based system. The 3 PA’s are now operating a new way of working with an attendance rota to provide reception support within the ELHSCP area.

This new generic email is monitored routinely throughout the day.

If you have an ELC telephone number that was left signed in at JMH and put on voicemail, I would request that you let me know and the PA’s will attempt to redirect calls.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Test & Protect National Mailing

From Gail at the NHS24 Engagement Team

We have been asked by our Scottish Government colleagues to send out the information below to all our partners and contacts. Please accept our apologies for any cross posting.

This week, the Test & Protect National Mailing is being delivered to every home across Scotland.

The NHS Scotland Test and Protect service has been introduced to control the spread of coronavirus as lockdown measures are eased. We are working with partners and stakeholders to get this vital message out to everyone across our communities.

This mailshot is a key communication tool for Test and Protect, and will provide every household with detailed information they need to understand the process and to undertake the steps which may be required if they need to isolate. This includes:

  • A letter from the First Minister
  • An infographic explaining the Test and Protect Process
  • The Test and Protect information leaflet

The Test & Protect Mailing has been translated into the following languages and accessible formats: Arabic, Audio MP3, BSL, Easy Read, Farsi, Gaelic, Large Print Format, Hindi, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovakian, Traditional Chinese and Urdu. Digital versions of the leaflet in these languages and formats will be available online at

Our partners at Minority Ethnic Carers of People (MECOPP) have also produced a voiced over version of the Test & Protect Process Video in Cantonese, you can find these here:

We are really grateful for your support in sharing this with partners, service-users and communities.


NHS 24 Engagement Team