“We start this exercise with a blank canvas,' says Councillor Fiona O'Donnell

People in East Lothian are being given the chance to help develop and improve community support services for adults with complex needs.

East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership is keen to work with service users, carers and providers to deliver a future model for community support that continues to achieve positive outcomes for adults with disabilities and people with mental health problems. People will be asked:

  • what aspects of the current services people enjoy
  • what could be changed/improved
  • what other opportunities people would like to see offered.

A number of engagement activities will take place between now and March 2019, with a series of events planned in September and October. These will provide opportunities to discuss and think about services the Health and Social Care Partnership buys from organisations and charities, as well as its resource centres at Haddington (Tynebank), Port Seton and Musselburgh (Fisherrow Hub).

Councillor Fiona O’Donnell, Cabinet Spokesperson for Health and Social Care, said:

“Working together, our priority is to develop and improve community support services in East Lothian. The population of East Lothian is growing quickly and we need to ensure our services are able to offer places to a larger number of people.

“We have fantastic carers and service providers and we want to make sure their voices are heard. Our goal is to ensure that services continue to be responsive and meet the needs of users well into the future.

“To achieve this we want to hear ideas your ideas – are there different models we could look at implementing, are there ways of further improving existing services?

“We will spend time working with everyone to learn about the different types of support available, what will work best for those using services now and for those accessing services in the future. This will help us to make sure that services are based on what people tell us they need, in the right place, at the right time, cost effective and fit for the future.

“We start this exercise with a blank canvas and the first opportunity to get involved is by attending one of the upcoming events. This is a great opportunity to think about the future of community support services and how we make things even better. I look forward to speaking with people and hearing their ideas.”

Carers and people who use services will be offered a number of opportunities to become involved in this review, which will include:

  • Engagement and consultation events
  • Newsletters, social media
  • Parent/carer meetings
  • Opportunities for carers to join planning groups
  • Working with carer and advocacy groups

At the end of the first year of the project, the partnership will use feedback to develop and to agree a model of community support, with a view to this being ready by April 2020.

Details of upcoming events

  • Tuesday 25 September - 1.30 to 3pm - Musselburgh East Community Learning Centre
  • Wednesday 26 September - 6.30 to 8pm - Tynebank Resource Centre, Haddington 
  • Thursday 27 September - 1.30 to 3pm  - Fisherrow, Musselburgh
  • Thursday 4 October - 12.30 to 2pm - Bleachingfield, Dunbar

Find out more about the Transformation Project


Published: Wednesday, 22nd August 2018