East Lothian Council

Get Connected Event 2017

"Being different brings people together"

Angus Langlands, the first Scottish Youth Parliament Member with an additional support need and Get Connected Guest Speaker.

A ‘Get Connected’ breakfast was held in May 2017. 

The event helped in raise the profile of Get Connected, identified a range of Get Connected Champions and the range of areas that need to be addressed to achieve real participation and inclusion. 

Guest Speakers and Q&A's included, Sharon Saunders (Head of Children Services), Shamin Akhtar (Cabinet Spokesperson for Education and Children’s Services), Martin Donkin (In Control), Lesley Crozier, (Equality Officer), Lauren Ritchie ('Get Connected' Information Officer) and Angus Langlands (Scottish Youth Parliament).

Nearly 100 parents, activity providers and council representatives attended and took the opportunity to discuss inclusion.

This report provides a snapshot of that day and the ideas formed. 

Feedback about the day:

"Positive and inspiring, hopefully we can all work together and support each other"

"Wonderful. Connection and conversation are ways to continue developing practice, provision, awareness and caring."

"Great initiative to get started with, communication is key."

"I'm totally behind Get Connected!"

"Excellent initiative. Very important there is equal opportunities for all" 

Get Connected Event

Telephone: 01620 827836

East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.