EIS/East Lothian Council Health and Wellbeing Event – Saturday 5 March 2016

EIS/East Lothian Council Health and Wellbeing Event – Saturday 5 March 2016

The EIS East Lothian Learning Rep, Jay McGlacken, and East Lothian Council have organised A Health and Wellbeing event to be held at Knox Academy, Pencaitland Road, Haddington EH41 4DT from 9 am to 12.20 pm. Refreshments will be available.

This event will feature workshops to give practical support to participants. If you wish to attend you should email Joyce Baldwin indicating which 2 workshops from the list below you wish to attend – please give a third option in case any workshop is full.

Please also give your name, schools, contact details and indicate any special requirements you may have e.g. dietary or access to allow you to attend the event.

Workshop 1

Sweet Dreams, Sleep Tight

Although we spend a third of our lives sleeping, we don’t seem to very good at it. Sleep is when the body and especially the brain regenerates and repairs itself. Sleeplessness has been identified as a factor in an endless list of afflictions including hypertension, obesity, memory loss, reduced immunity, mood swings, depression and substance abuse. This workshop will look at why we are poor sleepers and how we can improve the quality of our sleep.

Presenter Kathryn Sinclair is an NHS Lothian Healthy Working Lives adviser who provides advice, support and training to organisations across Edinburgh and the Lothians interested in supporting staff well-being.

Workshop 2

Back pain….. avoid it, feel great!

Lower back pain is the single biggest cause of disability in the world causing more disability than cancer, diabetes, asthma, heart disease and Alzheimers combined.

Gavin Routledge is an osteopath with 25 years of experience and an MSc in the Clinical Management of Pain who is on a mission to help reverse the increase in back pain in young people in Scotland whilst continuing to raise awareness of the importance of how to have healthy, pain free back in adults. As well as giving guidance on how best to use our backs to avoid pain, he is developing, an experience-based programme for use in the classroom to promote understanding of how well-being depends on how children use and take care of their backs.

Workshop 3

Using Your Voice

Our voices are essential for communication and self-expression yet voice problems are common, especially in people who have to use their voices under conditions of stress or background noise. Does your voice sometimes feel sore or uncomfortable or it doesn’t sound as good as it could? Then this workshop might help.

This workshop will explore some of the causes of voice problems and provide you with information and some simple strategies to help you keep your voice healthy.

Workshop 4

Introduction to Hypnotherapy

This workshop is designed to introduce the practice of hypnotherapy for personal health and well-being and will incorporate an overview of how hypnotherapy works, the misconceptions surrounding it and the conditions and problems it can help. The workshop will also explore the links between personal health and well-being and will include a taster session for relaxation.


There will also be a Market Place’ area with various stalls which will include, for example:

EIS Benevolent Fund
Citizen’s Advice
Health and Beauty Shop – Massage and Eyebrows
Occupational Health – Blood Pressure and Cholesterol testing
Employee Assistance Programme
Belhaven Bikes – East Lothian Cycle Scheme
HSF – Health Cash Plan supported by ELC
Capital Credit Union
Podiatrist information
Health smoothies
Teacher pensions
PayPlan – Debt solutions

This is an excellent opportunity to attend a very practical and supportive event, do not miss out.

Please email jbaldwin@eis.org.uk as soon as possible to ensure your place but no later than Wednesday 24 February 2016.