Get into Summer!

Sports, play and free swims… it’s officially time to ‘Get into Summer’ in East Lothian!

There are lots of projects running throughout the holiday period giving children and young people the chance to be active, connect with others and enjoy the best that East Lothian has to offer.

Over £300,000 has been provided to organisations to develop activities that would provide fun opportunities especially to those most adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Some activities will be available to all families across the county while others may only be available to priority families – those in receipt of Free School Meals, children with disabilities or Additional Special Needs, care experienced children and young people or young carers.

Examples include football and rugby activities, pop-up play events, lunch projects and free swimming.

Find out more about the activities on offer (including booking information where appropriate) at:


Scottish Youth Parliament elections

If you’re 14-25 and want to make a real difference for young people why not consider becoming a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament?

The Scottish Youth Parliament is ‘the democratically elected voice of Scotland’s young people’

Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP) represent the voices of children and young people at the highest levels on the issues that really matter to them. This includes mental health and wellbeing, period poverty, marriage equality and climate change.

MSYPs successfully campaigned to incorporate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots Law, and recommended free bus travel for young people, which is being introduced later this year. Its current campaign is called Bounce Back and is making sure that children and young people’s rights are respected as Scotland recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Becoming an MSYP is rewarding, challenging and life-changing for you and others. There are also specialist subject committees where you can work in the areas that you are passionate about.

The next Scottish Youth Parliament elections are in November 2021. To register as a candidate you need to do so before 30 June. Our area is split across two electoral constituencies – Midlothian North and Musselburgh and East Lothian.

Find out more about becoming a MSYP and the difference you could make in the lives of Scotland’s children and young people – as well as your own. Visit the Scottish Youth Parliament Elections page.