Health related support

Improving the Cancer Journey (ICJ)

Being diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming and many people don’t know where to go for support.

East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership and Macmillan Cancer Support want to offer everyone affected by cancer, including families and carers, time with a Link Worker to discuss what matters to you in terms of treatment and support.

They can then help direct you to support and advice available regarding money, benefits, or housing worries as well as work, caring responsibilities and physical or emotional concerns.

This service is for anyone over 16 affected by cancer, at any point on their cancer journey.

If you’ve recently had a diagnosis of cancer, you may have received a letter through the post asking you if you would like to use the service.

You can contact the service direct or be referred by someone who supports you.

Call 0131 537 1500 or email

Help to apply for a Blue Badge

A Blue Badge allows people with severe mobility issues, who have difficulty using public transport, additional parking rights. This helps people live independent lives by knowing that when they reach their destination, either as a passenger or driver, they will be able to park close to where they need to go.

If you need help to apply for a Blue Badge, our library staff can help you to complete your application form. You will need to make an appointment; please call us on 01620 827827 and ask for Blue Badge or visit

Mental Health Care When It Counts (CWIC)

If you are struggling with your mental health there’s now a quicker way to access a wide range of Mental Health Professionals.

The CWIC team comprises of administrators, Mental Health Occupational Therapists, Mental Health Nurses and Assistant Practitioners.

They will listen, and work with you to help you find positive ways to manage your mental health. They work closely with GPs, community mental health services, other Health and Social Care Services and community organisations to support you better.

Call 0300 790 6292 Monday to Friday: 9am to 4pm

Access to a Better Life in East Lothian

East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership’s Rehabilitation Service aims to help residents manage their health and wellbeing, and those with caring responsibilities for others.

Access to a Better Life in East Lothian is an online resource set up by the service, providing tools and information to help you remain as active and independent as possible, for as long as possible. For example:

  • if you have a muscle or joint problem
  • if you struggle with activities of daily living e.g. bathing
  • if you have falls or mobility problems
  • if you would like to explore smart technology to keep you safe and independent at home.


Funeral Support Payment

Help for those living in Scotland to pay some, but not all, of the costs of a funeral. It can be paid either to you or to the funeral director helping to plan the funeral.

Find out more about the Funeral Support Payment or apply.