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.




Budding young artists from East Lothian are being urged to enter the fourth annual John Byrne National Drawing Competition.

Since the launch of the competition in 2014, thousands of pupils have submitted their artwork to be judged by the renowned artist and playwright John Byrne.

The competition, sponsored by John, in partnership with Education Scotland, launched on 27 November 2017. Children and young people from P4 – S3 are invited to submit a drawing. Continue reading COMPETITION IS A BIG DRAW FOR EAST LOTHIAN SCHOOLS

New resource for 4-7 year olds – Thinkuknow needs you!

Work with children aged 4-7 and/or their parents/carers?

Thinkuknow are developing a brand new resource for 4 to 7 year olds and would like to hear from you…

Children are using technology and exploring the online world from a younger age. Thinkuknow are developing a new resource to help build young children’s resilience online and give them the skills to explore all the digital world has to offer safely.

They need a comprehensive picture of the online behaviour of 4-7 year olds and hope you can help them by completing their Professionals survey and promoting their Parents/Carers survey.

Professionals survey: Aimed at those working with children aged 4-7 years

Thinkuknow would like to hear from practitioners about what is most effective when educating children about online safety. Complete the professionals survey here.

Parents/Carers survey: Aimed at parents/carers with children aged 4-7 years

Help Thinkuknow to gather as many parents/carers views as possible by sharing the survey with the parents you work with. Make sure they have their say about online safety and what works for their family. Complete the parents survey here.



New ComputerXplorers Club – Game Design at Campie Primary

Create and play your own video game !  New club at Campie Primary Schools starts on the 9th January.

Did you know Touch screens are SO yesterday, now people can design video sensing games that require no touch! You will delight at waving your arms around to play games, pop bubbles, swat flies, whack-a-mole or interact with one of your own wacky creations! In this class you will learn programming, video sensing, cloning, sound editing and more with the very latest software. 

Open to all P4 – P7s

Sign up now! Places limited! Visit our website at


MAKE Scotland 365 event!

MAKE Scotland 365 event!

Aged 15-24 | 1-2 Dec | National – Edinburgh

Young Scot are hosting an event for young people aged 15-24 in partnership with National Museums Scotland for the Scotland 365 project. This is a Heritage Lottery Funded project which aims to explore what young people value about Scotland’s heritage – from arts and music to language and history.  This event will take place from Friday 1st December (5:00 – 8:30pm)  – Saturday 2nd December (10am – 4:30pm) and will include a ‘Meet and Munch’ and VIP evening tour of the Museum on Friday, and a ‘Workshop Jam Event’ on Saturday. Travel costs and food will be provided. Young people can sign up by heading to or searching ‘MAKE Scotland 365’ on Eventbrite. They can also check out the event at or by contacting / 0131 313 2488.

Navigogo – Exciting Mobility App Trial

Navigogo – Exciting Mobility App Trial

Aged 16-25 | Dec – March | Dundee and North Fife

NaviGoGo is a new web app that has been co-designed by young Scots (aged 16 – 25) for young Scots. It lets you plan, book and pay for trains, taxis and provides passenger assistance through the newly developed web app and links to your Young Scot NEC card. Active (walking and cycling) and responsible (public transport) travel choices also attract Young Scot Rewards points!

We need young people (16-25) from Dundee and North Fife to participate in the trial and test the web app to the max between December 2017 and March 2018. All participants will receive £20 travel credit per month and other incentives will be offered for additional feedback. Application is easy and those registered for Rewards will collect points from beginning to end.

Meet the Minister informal chat with Aileen Campbell MSP, Minister for Public Health and Sport

Meet the Minister informal chat with Aileen Campbell MSP, Minister for Public Health and Sport on the new Diet and Obesity Strategy

Aged 11-26 | Wednesday 22nd November | Nation – Young Scot HQ Edinburgh

There is a terrific opportunity for any young people you are working with to come along on 22nd of November from around 2.30pm – 5pm at the Young Scot Office to discuss the new Obesity Strategy.
This won’t be a Facebook live session, but an informal open conversation around some key questions related to young people’s views/experiences of diet and obesity in Scotland. We will also be running an online survey to go alongside this for the conversation. Young people will be invited in to the office from 2.30pm for briefing and prep, and finishing up for 5pm after the Minister leaves. If you can please send any names of young people keen to attend by Monday 13th to Lisa Murphy

“Young People in Remote Communities” – Artic Circle Forum

“Young People in Remote Communities” – Artic Circle Forum
Open | 19-21 Nov | National – Edinburgh (Aimed at Rural Young People)

The Scottish Government together with the Arctic Circle will deliver the Arctic Circle Forum, a 3 day event which will bring together a range of representatives from central and local government, third sector and academia as well as entrepreneurs and innovators from in and around the Arctic Circle. The title of the forum this year is “Scotland and the new North” and one of our Year of Young People Co-designers will chair the panel discussion on “Young People in Remote Communities”, which will take place on the afternoon of Tuesday 21 November and last for around 60-90 minutes. The session will investigate the challenges (housing, transport, digital, economic opportunities) of being a young person in a remote region, highlight expectations for the future, look at the opportunities to shape this and consider how young people can influence decisions which affect their future. They are particularly keen to hear from young people from rural communities to attend and take part and we have secured the same student discount for all young scot cardholders and will be running as a rewards activity. Marie from Young Scot will be attending and happy to meet with and support any young people who may be coming down to Edinburgh from rural communities. Please contact directly via

Young Scot 5 Rights Youth Leadership Group – Final 2 places available

Young Scot 5 Rights Youth Leadership Group – Final 2 places available
Aged 11-15 | Ongoing | National – Central Belt

There are two final spaces remaining on the 5Rights Youth Leadership Group. This fantastic opportunity will focus on young people’s rights in the digital world and is targeted at young people aged 11-15 who face greater inequalities, to ensure an accurate representation of the diverse young people in Scotland. The 5Rights Youth Leadership Group will be a group of 30 young people from all across Scotland. They will spend 12 months investigating how we can implement some of the 5Rights Youth Commission’s recommendations to the Scottish Government, on realising their rights as young people in the digital world.
For more information, please visit or contact our 5Rights Co-ordinator, Maggie Tam:

Opportunity to help create & develop flyers, videos & digital communications to engage young women with the great outdoors!

Freshspace – Opportunity to help create & develop flyers, videos & digital communications to engage young women with the great outdoors!

Aged 14-18 | Thursday 16th November | National – Edinburgh (Or request a workshop in your local area)

Looking to work specifically with those who identify as young women and are interested in design, communications and creativity.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with Scottish Natural Heritage and design agency Stand on a project which has the potential to have a positive impact on the lives on young women across Scotland.

There are spaces available in our open workshop taking place next Thursday here in Edinburgh. There is also an opportunity for bespoke, local groups to get in touch and we can bring a workshop to you.

For more information please go to: or e-mail Ettie Shattock, SNH Partnership Officer on