Civic Conversation Prestonpans – Family activity day

Family Activity Day

Prestongrange Museum
Saturday 22nd August 2009
11am – 4pm



A Support from the Start stall was organised at the family activity day.  Around 45 adults attended the day but when asked if they lived in Prestonpans, there were 16 returns.  Local families were given different statements and asked to prioritise.  We also asked the questions “What makes parents/children healthy in their community” and adults and children were able to post their responses.


Although it was disappointing that not many Prestonpans families came along it was good to talk to and raise the profile of Support from the Start to the local families that did.






Tranent ‘Passport’

This is used as  a reward system for the families work, drop-in’s and courses that

are run in Tranent for the Fa’side Families for Life Group of young parents.

Parents are encouraged to attend and will receive a stamp on their

passport.  Once they have received the allocated amount of stamps

they are then able to take part in our Families Summer Programme, which

runs for 5 weeks, twice a week during the school holidays.


See attached poster Passport

Wallyford Support from the Start


Wallyford consultation took place on the 18th May 9am-11.30am at Wallyford Community Centre.  The invitation to participate in the consultation was extended to members of the wider community.  The consultation aimed to engage members of the local community in identifying health inequalities within their area and to get them to identify key health improvements. 


An assortment of health information and information on Support from the Start was also available through information stands and leaflets which participants took the time to read and many took information away.   As an incentive to take part, money off vouchers, for East Lothian Roots and Fruits was given out.


The consultation was very informal being based on discussion and participatory appraisal methods.  This seemed to work really well generating in-depth discussion whilst highlighting community issues and concerns.


Wallyford Support from the Start

Whitecraig Support from the Start and play

Dear All

As you are aware Whitecraig is one of the communities that is part of the Support from the Start process in East Lothian, which aims to improve health outcomes by focusing on intervention in the early years and support for parents.


As part of this process we have begun a ‘civic conversation’ on health and well being in Whitecraig with an event that looked at the health needs of early years families from a parents perspective (see enclosed report). The output of this event was the identification of two themes by the parents that were present – play, and access to services.


I would like to invite you to attend a short meeting to discuss how we can take the ‘civic conversation’  to the next level in Whitecraig  by focusing on the play issue in particular. This meeting would be to look at how parents in Whitecraig can be engaged in play as a health issue.


If you are happy to participate in this I would be grateful if you could indicate which of the following dates you could make.


Friday 12th June am

Monday 22nd June pm

Tuesday July 7th


Many thanks

Lena Hutton




Here goes…….

I am now a blogger….yah.  Hopefully this will work. 

I thought I would try and add something to the blog.  I attended the Acceptance play last week in Tranent, Lisa did a fantastic job in her one woman play to put over a very powerful message that I am sure  everyone in the audience could relate to.  It would be good to get her down to Prestonpans.

I am really keen to start a Civic Conversation in Prestonpans so I will be emailing around to see if some professionals would get on board.  If your interested then email me.  I am on the council system.

Cheers for now