Latest COEL Resilience Resource lists

From Kirsteen Powell, COEL

Here are the latest Resilience Resource lists. I have created a separate “Mental Health Resilience Resources” document to make the information easier to navigate. However, both documents contain sections on bereavement, domestic abuse and wellness activities / keeping well during Covid-19. Comments, corrections and additions – all feedback is welcome!

Some additions to highlight:

Local Resilience List

  • New “End of life” section including advice on funerals – please note some funeral directors are not offering the full range of services e.g. embalming the body or visiting in a chapel of rest even though it is still legal to do so observing standard infection control procedures and social distancing guidelines. This is causing additional heartache for some families who appoint a funeral director without checking first what they are offering.
  • Additions to section on “Foodbanks and Free Food Provision” in East Lothian
  • Access to PPE for unpaid carers delivering personal care
  • Flamingo Chicks free virtual dance sessions for children with additional support needs and their siblings

Mental Health List

  • Self-Injury Support website including a sensitively written blog post titled “Coping with Coronavirus Lockdown When Your Mental Health is Already Not Great”
  • CWIC Mental Health service accepting self-referrals for adults who are registered with an East Lothian GP
  • “Coronavirus information for service users and their families” document produced my Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland
  • “Mind to Walk” podcast produced by Paths for All

Best wishes,


Kirsteen Powell
Carer Support Worker
Carers of East Lothian (CoEL)
Tel: 0131 665 0135
My usual working week is Tuesday to Friday

Discover the benefits of Active Travel with new ELC leaflets

By including an active travel element, such as walking or cycling, to our journeys and incorporating physical activity into everyday tasks, the need to find extra time, money or motivation for exercise is reduced. So, if you are already an active traveller or you’re just thinking about availing yourself of the Cycles for Keyworkers scheme, you might find these new active travel leaflets useful.

COVID-19 Home fire safety advice

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of home fire safety when more of us are spending more time at home.

If you would like to share this information with people that you support, you will find a printable leaflet here.

You can more information on the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service website here.

Big Bike Revival fund for keyworkers – support from Belhaven Bikes

From Mandy Cairns-Ford at Belhaven Bikes

You may already be aware, as it’s been widely shared but we’re offering free servicing to NHS and key workers and for limited periods there are times when one of our supportive suppliers offers free ‘cycling care packages’ too. There are more details on our website together with our operational guidelines/options at this time

The Cycling UK partnership will allow us to extend the servicing offer and supplement this with repairs and bike/accessory loans.

We’ve also been given the opportunity, by a kind customer who wishes to remain anonymous, to offer their secondhand bike to a local key worker as a donation. See here for details. If you are aware of anyone in East Lothian who fits the criteria and would benefit from this please let us know. Would suit someone who would like to commute to work but doesn’t have a bike at the moment. We are making contact with our customers who are key workers to spread the word.

Keep well and safe.


Mandy J Cairns Ford
Belhaven Bikes
t. 01368 860300

New Personal Resilience During Uncertainty E-Learning

A Learn-Pro module for East Lothian Council staff

New Personal Resilience During Uncertainty courses have just been added to learnpro in the Wellbeing category.  These have been developed particularly for the COVID-19 situation.

The aims are to:

  • help you to be aware of your current level of resilience and the reasons for this
  • learn what helps our resilience and what can undermine it
  • help you identify steps you can take to improve your current level of resilience

Once completed, you can also register for a group conference call to discuss your learning with others.  You only need a phone to be able to do this. 

LearnPro can be accessed when working from home – either from a council device – or from your personal device. The link to LearnPro is:

New ways of working for COVID-19 and beyond

MSK Physiotherapists are currently trialling the use of iPads to enable us to help those unable to access normal physiotherapy services during COVID-19. This allows people struggling with an MSK complaint access to the information they need to manage their condition by being supported in use of apps relevant to them. We fully expect this practice to continue post-COVID and be rolled out to the drop-in clinics.