It’s now so easy to find activities for young people with additional support needs!

Are you ready to Get Connected?

Get Connected is a website that helps you find local sport, art and youth groups in East Lothian.

  • Find accessible activities on the Get Connected MAP
  • Watch VIDEOS of what local kids have been up to
  • Meet your ‘Get Connected’ CHAMPIONS which are organisations that champion inclusion in your community

Get started and find loads of fun activities today!

We also have a Facebook and Twitter where we upload loads of useful info too.

If you do any cool activities already, let us know with the #getconnectedELC hashtag! We’d love to share your pics and videos.



Primary and junior schools are invited to enter…

Primary and junior schools are invited to enter the Make it Happy competition with this year’s theme being ‘Make it Healthy’.

The aim is to reward the innovative and creative use of IT to link schools with other members of their community. The projects could reflect an interest in physical health, or emotional and mental wellbeing.

They could be confined to pupils and teachers, or they could involve parents and carers. They could even go out to the community – locally, nationally or internationally, perhaps via passing on information or by connecting with healthcare facilities.

There will be 9 regional winners across England and one winner from each of: Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales each receiving a prize of £1200. Each of these winners will be invited to a special day in London, including a trip on the London Eye, a tour of the Houses of Parliament and a special awards ceremony and tea with MPs and Peers in the Members’ Dining Room. In addition there will be overall first, second and third prizes selected from the 12 winners who will receive the following cash prizes: 1st prize – £4000; 2nd prize – £2500; and 3rd prize – £1500. The closing date for the competition is the 8th April 2012.

Nature Photography Competition It’s not only grown ups…

Nature Photography Competition
It’s not only grown ups that take fantastic photos – at the Scottish Seabird Centre we know you young ones have got imagination and vision too!

So don’t miss the chance to enter our Photography Awards!

This year, those up to age 15 can enter with the theme Back Garden Biodiversity.

So be inspired by anything and everything close to home and be in with the chance of winning a fabulous award and prize (which will be announced soon!).

Closing date is 31 October 2011.
Download an entry form

Prestonpans Battle Family Day Sunday 3rd July 12…

Prestonpans Battle Family Day
Sunday 3rd July 12 noon – 4pm
Prestongrange Museum

Join the Alan Breck Regiment for a day of historical adventure as we bring the 1745 Jacobite battle to life. You can board the Battle Bus, meet Jacobite and Government soldiers and play some battle games of your own. Plus learn how an 18th-century cannon works! Bonnie Prince Charlie will be there, ready to sign autographs!! Or just to practice his battle techniques…

Suggested donation, £1 per person

Children must be accompanied by an adult

GLOW MEET Literacy and English Write at Home…

GLOW MEET: Literacy and English: Write at Home

Date: 21st of June

Time: 3pm to 4pm

Topic: The Write at Home project. The speaker will be Debbie Gardner of Garnock Academy who was involved in Write at Home (a project assisting writing across all sectors) when she was a teacher at Greenwood Academy. She is now doing some very interesting work with parents using Glow as well as transitions and moderation, all of which she will speak about and answer questions on.

Log into Glow and follow the links to the Literacy and English pages to take part.

Scottish Book Trust has just opened applications for…

Scottish Book Trust has just opened applications for the 2011 Young Writers Awards. They’re looking for three teenagers to be mentored by an established teen author between October 2011 and February 2012. They will meet with their mentor, and each other, five times over the six month period, develop their creative writing, meet agents and writers and visit a top London publisher.

This is a superb opportunity and is completely free. Scottish Book Trust will cover the travel costs to and from the mentoring sessions which will take place in Edinburgh on Saturdays.

Application deadline is Wednesday 31st August 2011. Further details and how to apply online, contact

The Friends of Cuthill Park invite you to…

The Friends of Cuthill Park invite you to join in The Big Lunch – an outdoor picnic in the company of friends, neighbours and community groups.

Last year over two hundred people picnicked, partied and played together in Cuthill Park, Prestongrange Road. This year, the Big Lunch takes place on Sunday 5 June from 12-2 and coincides with MuralFest.

If you would like to join in the fun, simply turn up with your picnic and something to sit on. You might want to bring something to entertain yourself and others – we leave it up to you whether that is a frisbee or a banjo.

You are very welcome to use the Big Lunch as an opportunity to tell the folk of Prestonpans a bit more about your organisation – the emphasis of the event is FREE, COMMUNITY and the ENVIRONMENT.

Updates about the Big Lunch and other events in the park can be seen on our blog: or email for further information.