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East Lothian Youth Theatre

11 Important Benefits of Drama!

Improved –
Communication Skills
Emotional Outlet
Physical Fitness
Appreciation for Arts and Culture

…because it will bring joy into your life!

East Lothian Youth Theatre run Groups  led by experienced drama professionals at a variety of locations across East Lothian, with over 20 competitively priced classes to choose from.

These energetic and fun classes let you explore creative movement, mimes to music and structured improvisation whilst gaining confidence through games and activities.

Groups are for ages 5 to 18 years and beyond and are booked termly in advance.

To book online go to

Any queries contact / 0131 665 9900.

Best Start Grant School Age Payment

Please find below details and links to the new Best Start Grant School Age Payment which will be launched from Monday 3rd June 2019.

Launch of the Best Start Grant School Age Payment – Monday 3rd June 2019

In conjunction with Social Security Scotland, we wanted to highlight to you that from Monday 3 June, the Best Start Grant School Age Payment will be open for applications and to ask for your help in raising awareness of this new payment through your communication channels and services.

The Best Start Grant School Age Payment is a one off payment of £250 available around the time a child would normally start Primary 1. The first application window for the School Age Payment will run from 3 June 2019 to 29 Feb 2020 – children who were born from 1 March 2014 to 28 Feb 2015 inclusive will be the right age to claim.

The School Age Payment is the third in Social Security Scotland’s Best Start Grant package of payments that is providing extra money to families in Scotland who are on a low income to help support their child during their early years. Best Start Grant is another tool to support efforts to tackle child poverty.

We want to help to make sure that all eligible families are aware of their entitlement and know how to apply. To support your organisations with this, Social Security Scotland have created a specific Best Start Grant School Age Payment toolkit containing materials for your use. This will be available from 3 June and includes fact sheets on eligibility and how and when to apply, posters, articles that can be used in local newsletters and staff updates and social media posts. These can all be accessed on the Social Security Scotland website at