Leuchie is an independent charity which provides high quality respite breaks with 24-hour expert nursing care for people and their families living with long-term physical conditions. The only place of its kind in Scotland, Leuchie is a small organisation with a big vision: To be the UK’s foremost centre of excellence in transforming lives through focusing on every aspect of guest-centred care encompassing physical, social and emotional needs. Please have a look at our website to get a feel for what a unique organisation we are!

Leuchie is striving to move from a nursing / medical focus towards 5-star holidays where each member of the team delivers high-quality customer service in a professional manner, with the wellbeing of every guest held at the centre of all activity and engagement.

Within Leuchie there exist exciting opportunities for enthusiastic Registered Nurses.

As Leuchie develops and moves forward, we require RNs with a high level of motivation and commitment who understand that excellent customer service is integral to their nursing skills.

You will possess the clinical and organisational skills to manage a complex nursing environment and be able to work as part of a multidisciplinary team where every member is focused on.

You will be forward thinking with excellent communication skills and want to positively contribute to the Leuchie experience and its importance to the health and wellbeing of our guests.

Staff Nurse Vacancies:

Full Time, 70 h per fortnight   £22,458 – £26,608

Part Time, 56h per fortnight  £17,967 – £21,286 (pro rata)

Part Time, 28h per fortnight  £8,983 – £10,643 (pro rata)

Band 5 Equivalent

For further information about the roles and an application pack please contact Leuchie House on 01620 892864 or email psneddon@leuchiehouse.org.uk

Leuchie is an equal opportunities employer. These posts are subject to a Protection of Vulnerable Groups register check. Leuchie is a charity registered in Scotland no. SC042249, Company no. SC392721.


Staff CLPL and Pupil Winter skills weekends 2015

winter skills

We’ve scheduled two Winter Skills weekends for 2015, both staying at self-catering accommodation in Badaguish in the Cairngorms.  Both weekends leave from the Outdoor Learning Service base , meeting on the Friday at 2pm, returning on the Sunday evening.  All technical and outdoor equipment, transport and catering provided.

Staff CLPL Winter Skills  – Fri 27th Feb – Sun 1st Mar 2015 – £95 ELC (£150 external)

This course is aimed at providing ELC teachers and community leaders with the skills and experiences required to journey in the Scottish mountains in winter. If you’re working with groups, or working towards a walking or navigation award this course will help you gain experience and challenge you to operate in an environment beyond the scope of your current award.

For teachers this course can contribute towards your GTC Professional Update , specifically your Professional Action to help ‘understand and develop the most appropriate contexts and environments for learning including outdoor learning, and be able to apply appropriate pedagogies for these environments.’

To book yourself on a Staff CLPL course please download a booking form from here and return to outdoorlearning@elcschool.org.uk

Pupil Winter Skills – Fri 27th Mar – Sun 29th Mar 2015 – £95

This will give pupils the chance to experience the Scottish hills in winter; providing them with a range of skills and experiences including use of ice-axe and crampons, assessing snow conditions and planning and journeying in Winter.  The course if aimed at 6th year pupils, specifically those who want to be challenged and learn the fundamentals needed to safely enjoy the Scottish mountains in winter.

To book your pupils on this course, or if you would like to join the course and help with the pupils from your school please contact aduff@elcschool.org.uk.

Bring on the snow!

Smoke Free Homes


NHS Lothian, in collaboration with youthwork charity Fast Forward, would like to offer all primary schools in Edinburgh, East Lothian or Midlothian a completely free workshop for their pupils on second hand smoke, tobacco and health.

 NHS Lothian and Fast Forward have developed a highly successful ‘Smoke Free Homes’ project which gives primary schools the opportunity to address second hand smoke in line with many of the Curriculum for Excellence’s E’s and O’s. The project also supports accreditation towards the Rights Respecting Schools Award. Over 60 primary schools have so far completed the project. Participation and workshops are free and the project can be tailored to the needs of individual primary schools. In addition, many schools have received positive media interest as a result of the project.

 We also offer:

•             information about how the project links to CfE E’s and Os

•             trained staff delivering a workshop on second hand smoke to pupils

•             links to further information about second hand smoke for teachers to use

•             publicity materials for parents

•             a framed certificate for your school

•             opportunities to attend training and networking events on tobacco issues


NHS Lothian and Fast Forward would be delighted to work with your school during the 2014/15 session. If you are interested in taking part or would like more information, please contact Chris Read at Fast Forward 0131 554 4300 chris@fastforward.org.uk.

web  www.fastforward.org.uk


Local Orienteering Events

East Lothian Orienteers are putting on a local orienteering event at North Berwick Lodge Grounds.

This small, friendly event will be an ideal introduction for all interested in orienteering; young people that have previously engaged in orienteering through school and Outdoor Learning training events; all staff that have recently undertaken (or are about to) Teaching Orienteering 1 through Outdoor Learning; in fact anyone of any age with an interest in a fantastic competitive sport.

It will be a great event for those with no previous experience of the wonderful sport of Orienteering. Further local events are on the poster below.

ESOA Spring flyer

Look forward to seeing you there.

Fancy a run in the Woods?

Over the next two days your Outdoor Learning Service is hosting Primary and Secondary Orienteering Competitions at John Muir Country Park.

You, yes you, are invited to come down and join in on Friday anytime between 1100 and 1400. The course is a Score Orienteering course and will take no longer than half an hour. You are required to visit as many controls (particular points in the woods) as possible within half an hour. Come on down and challenge your colleagues or just enjoy a Friday lunchtime strolling through John Muir Country Park with a purpose.

There is no cost for entering the event, however if you wish you may make a donation towards a local Outdoor charity –Beyond Boundaries East Lothian.

Come along to John Muir Country Park near Dunbar and look for the Outdoor Learning flags in the car park – brief instruction will be given. Enjoy the end of the week with a quick run (or walk) around one of East Lothian’s gems.

Any queries concerning this event please e-mail Martyn (mpegg@eastlothian.gov.uk)


P7 Teachers: “Choices for Life”, Monday 9th May

Choices for Life in its current format will be held for the final time in May 2011 and only at the Island venues on Lewis, Orkney and Shetland where there were no shows in 2010.

Glow will be filming and transmitting the event via Glow Meet to enable pupils from other areas of Scotland to see the event on Monday 9th May.

[This uses the new Glow Meet (based on Adobe Connect) which should work “out of the box” on any schools PC. Please contact dgilmour@eastlothian.gov.uk for assistance if required.]

Please see this document for further details: LET20112904 Amended Reminder to schools re CFL Stornoway (MS Word, 259KB)

Kirsty McGregor

Events Co-ordinator


Waverley Care – World AIDS Day – December 1st 2010 – Schools and Youth Resources

Waverley Care have produced excellent resource sheets that meet some of the learning outcomes within the Health and Wellbeing area of Curriculum for Excellence: www.waverleycare.org
Schools and Youth Resources

World AIDS Day provides an important focus for Waverley Care to engage with schools and youth organisations to raise awareness of HIV. The aim of this work is to minimise onward transmission and break down barriers of stigma and discrimination.

For 2010 we have developed a range of resources, all of which can be downloaded. Using true life experiences of people who are living with or affected by HIV in Scotland, these resources challenge misconceptions about HIV and encourage young people to think through the impact of stigma and discrimination on people’s lives.

To download stories of Emma and Nomusa, two people who are living with HIV, click here.

To download a discussion amongst young people, in the form of an internet forum, click here.

To download some facts and statistics, including suggestions for further research, click here.

To download a fundraising ideas sheet, click here.

To download a fundraising resources order form, click here.

Every year, we need to raise £380,000 to enable us to provide our services to people who are living with HIV and Hepatitis C in Scotland. A fundraising ideas sheet is included in the downloadable material. We hope that, as well as using our free resources, you will want to help us continue to provide that support.
To help you with your fundraising, we can provide our unique tartan HIV awareness ribbons, which can be sold or given in return for a donation. Please download our order form above or contact Karen Docwra on 0131 556 9710 or email fund@waverleycare.org .