Bookbug For The Home – Executive Summary

scottish-book-trustAttached here you will find an electronic version of the Bookbug Outreach evaluation summary and you can read the updated evaluation pages online. These not only contain the summary, infographics and full year four report but also some fantastic case studies on the different ways Bookbug can be utilised in the community.

Scottish Book Trust delivers other programmes alongside Bookbug. For more information on how they change lives through reading and writing, please see the annual report for 2015/16.

Introduction to Sexual Health & Wellbeing

NHS LothianOn Thursday 20th October, NHS Lothian will be running an ‘Introduction to Sexual Health and Wellbeing’ course at Liberton Hospital, Edinburgh.

The aim of the course is to introduce basic information about relationships, sexual health and wellbeing, and to provide a space for participants to consider the wider influences on sexual health. Across Lothian great importance is placed upon the need for people to receive consistent messages about sexual health and wellbeing. This course is underpinned by a clear value base and the Lothian key messages.

Participants will have the opportunity to gain:

  • an improved understanding of the holistic nature of sexual health
  • an increased understanding of the role of positive relationships
  • an increased understanding of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • increased knowledge of the different types of contraception available
  • increased knowledge of how to raise the issue of sexual health and relationships
  • increased awareness of current legislation relating to sexual health.

This course is aimed at people working with any age group in the statutory or voluntary sector who require some basic information on sexual health and wellbeing to help them work more effectively in their current post or volunteering role, or those who require a refresher course to update their knowledge.

If you would like to register for a place please use this link before the deadline on Friday 7th October

Funding Fair October 4th


On Tuesday 4 October, from 10am-3pm STRiVE will be hosting a ‘Meet the funders!’ Funding Fair.

If you’re a voluntary organisation, community group or social enterprise this is your opportunity to come along and talk to funders on a one-to-one basis about your individual funding needs.

For further information about funder eligibility and to book your 15 minute one-to-one session, please contact us by phone on 0131 665 3300 or email

ELPA Autumn Play Training

elpa-event-octoberOn Saturday 1st October 2016 there will be a free training session going ahead for staff and volunteers involved in play. Workshops will include: Flotsam and Jetsam Puppets; Messy Play; Loose Materials, Challenge and Risk; East Lothian Play Policy.

The event will be taking place from 9:00am-1:00pm at Musselburgh East Community Learning Centre (Haddington Road, Musselburgh EH21 8JJ). Refreshments will be provided on the day and attendees will be awarded a four hour CPD attendance certificate.

To book onto the session please contact

Parenting Group for Parents of Children Aged 4-10

Improve family relationships and manage children’s difficult behaviour.

The groups consist of weekly 2 hour sessions over 6/ 12 weeks during the school term. For more information see the poster below.

Parent Group Poster

You can refer yourself by calling 01875824309 or any professional who is involved with you (school, G.P., social work, health visitor etc) can refer you to the group.

Attached here is a Referral Form for Parent Group.

New studies published: Predicting development from infancy

cropped-New-Logo-Colour-on-White-Background.jpgTwo interesting studies have been published, the first of which is a French study showing that high social withdrawal demonstrated by an infant at one year old can predict both motor and language delay. For further information on the study follow the link below.

Social withdrawal at age 1 and delayed development

The second study demonstrates how a child’s lack of self-control can be used to predict adult outcomes such as substance abuse, being a single parent and financial competence. More information on the study can be found on the link below.

A gradient of childhood self-control predictions