DFEL Newsletter Spring 2019
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DFEL  Newsletter Spring 2019

Hello!  Already the spring flowers are starting to appear and the days are getting longer.  I'm sure I'm not alone wondering at the speed the years seem to pass by these days!

Our big challenge and opportunity this year is making sure that dementia is firmly embedded in the East Lothian Integrated Joint Board Strategic Plan. The Plan spells out the vision for health, care and value for money in East Lothian and some big changes are proposed, including re-provisioning services in Musselburgh, North Berwick and Dunbar. The draft strategy focusses on helping people stay active, healthy and living at home longer, with better and more coordinated services.

You can make your comment until 28th February here: But don't worry if you can't respond now, we'll keep talking about it.

Dementia is in the plan as a 'golden thread' so we will be working with you to make sure that people who live with dementia - people with dementia, carer-partners and family and friends - are fully involved and get the best outcomes we possibly can.  We're starting to weave our thread with a conversation  with Queen Margaret's University and the Carers Reference Group about dementia and Meeting Centres. In March Dr Shirley Evans will be back for our second workshop on Meeting Centres and we'll be hearing about Kirrie Connections and Dementia Friendly Angus.

We want people to know what life is like if you live with dementia and what needs to change. Dates of meetings and events are below.  Please get in touch if you'd like to get involved or find out more.

Other plans include new Friendship Groups, work with schools and new friends; Dementia Friendly Troon, Dementia Friendly Sheridan in Wyoming and Dementia Friendly Powys all want to get to know us. Watch out for blogs on the website. 

DFEL is a community, a network of people who come together because we care.   Thank you for all you do and your support.  



E mail:
Phone: 07727 883 881 or 01620 895 571
Write: 29, Williamstone Court, North Berwick, EH39 4RQ




  • 12th February, Dementia Training for Business, with Dementia Friendly Tranent. 5.30 - 7pm. Strive Offices, 56 High Street, Tranent.
  • 26th February, Carer Friendly Communities: Talking about Carers. 12.30 - 3.30, with lunch. Loch Centre, Tranent.
  • 28th February - Meeting Centres and the Third Sector. 9.30 - 11, The Star Room, John Gray Centre, Haddington. Please contact Polly at RVS. tel: 01875 811 011.
  • 4th March - Workshop with QMU; Meeting Centres plus. We're looking for people with dementia and care-partners & family members to join our workshop at QMU. Pllease get in touch if you're interested.
  • 19th March Meeting Centres Workshop, The Maitlandfield House Hotel, Haddington with Dr  Shirley Evans from the Meeting Centres UK Support Programme & Graham Galloway from Kirrie Connections. Link HERE.
  • 27 April - East Lothian Partnership Event. Details to follow.
  • 14th May, East & Mid Lothian Intergenerational Network. Gorebridge. Details here.

If you'd like to arrange training, talks or informal chats, just get in touch
Information & Dementia
There's  a huge amount of information about dementia, services and all the other things we need to know and it grows and changes all the time. Getting good quality information when you need it is not easy.   The Life Changes Trust and local carers worked on this last year and we want to take their work further. If you're interested in helping, let us know.


Groups are free and open to anyone who lives with dementia - carers, family, friends and people with dementia are welcome to any group, any time, just pop in! 

1st Tuesday of the month
The Maitlandfield House Hotel  
From 10.30am  - 12 noon
Tuesday 5th March - An East Lothian Soldier of the Great War, Peter Ramage

1st Tuesday of the month
The Hope Rooms, North Berwick.
From 2pm - 3.30pm
Tuesday 5th March - Boccia

2nd Wednesday of the month
The Hollies Centre, Musselburgh
From 2pm - 3.30pm
Wednesday 13th February - getting to know the Hollies

3rd Friday of the month
The Royal MackIntosh Hotel
From 10.30am - 12 noon.
Friday 15th February - catching up
1st March - Visit to Dunbar Grammar School

Last Wednesday of the month & mid month
The Willow Room (usually!), Cockenzie House & Gardens.  
From  10am - 12 noon.
Wednesday 13th February - Film: My Childhood - Bill Douglas
Wednesday 27th February - catching up & planning 2019
Wednesday 13 March - Family History workshop

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