Happy Christmas from Dementia Friendly East Lothian!
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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed it's the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead. 

Well all, another year draws to an end, a time for taking stock and looking to the future. It's been a busy year with the start up of the Friendship Groups, our Creativity Day and events for Dementia Awareness Week.  It's so wonderful to see what communities across East Lothian are doing to ensure that people with dementia and care-partners are included and valued. If we can help, just ask.

Thank you to everyone who has got involved and made things happen, in particular to people living with dementia, family and friends, pointing us in the right direction,  baking and turning up and cheering us on.

Before the year ends there are more opportunities to get your voices heard and have some fun. It's a Christmas dash!  
  • 13th December - Christmas Party! East Lothian Dementia Friendship Groups.  2.30 - 4pm. Fisherrow Community Centre, Musselburgh.  All welcome, bring your dancing shoes &  musical instrument if you have one.
  • 15th December - Christmas Coffee in Dunbar - at the Royal Mackintosh Hotel, Dunbar 10.20 - 12. Mince pies, a cuppa and chance to chat about Dementia Friendly Dunbar.  All welcome.
  • 19th December:  Living well with Dementia: The Role of Psychology:   10.30 - 2pm. The British Psychological Society (BPS) and Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project (DEEP): The Meeting Room, LifeCare , Stockbridge House, 2 Cheyne Street, Edinburgh, EH4 1JB. DEEP can help with travel and other costs.

CARER CRITERIA CONSULTATION There's still time to give your opinions on how East Lothian Health & Social Care Partnership make decisions  about supporting carers.  We can help with paper copies or assistance, just phone, write or e mail and we'll make sure you get your chance to have your say.   Here's the link: http://


We've started making plans for 2018..... Here's some dates for your diary:

DEEP  GATHERING (Dementia Engagement & Empowerment Project): LIVING WITH DEMENTIA IN East Lothian:   2.30 - 4pm on 30th January. The Maitlandfield House Hotel, Haddington.  Come along and tell us what needs to change to support people living with dementia and care-partners. See more abut DEEP Here: DEEP

Scottish Universities Insight Institute: Changing Thinking about Dementia: An event with the Universities of Stirling and Strathclyde.    9.30 - 5pm  on 31st January at the Maitlandfield House Hotel, Haddington.  A chance to hear from internationally known experts on dementia, Professor  Myrra Vernooij-Dassen from The Netherlands & Professor Dawn Brooker, University of Worcester. Followed by an afternoon workshop led by Cormac Russell on Assets Based Community Development. Chaired by Agnes Houston, MBE, Dementia Alumni and Anna Buchanan, Programme Director, People Affected by Dementia, Life Changes Trust. The link Eventbrite link will be out soon, so watch the Facebook page and a mailing in early January.

TIDE (Together in Dementia Every Day) an event for people who care for and support people with dementia. We're delighted to welcome TIDE to East Lothian. They will be running a Carer event  on March 27th. We'll be looking for carers to help us with the event, so please get in touch if you're interested and save the day. Link here: TIDE

Cockenzie House and Gardens - Sensory Garden. We're so delighted to be working with Cockenzie House to design and build a sensory garden. We'll be holding a gathering soon to talk about our plans, so if you like gardens, flowers, trees, birds, growing things, eating things or just like to sit and watch, watch this space! Cockenzie House & Gardens Website. 

And finally, another new project for 2018. We're working with Dementia Friendly Longniddry who are setting up a drop in cafe for everyone in the community. There's been a lot of thinking done about what to do and how, so we're really excited to see what happens next.

Wishing you all and all your families and friends a healthy, peaceful and happy Christmas and all good wishes for the New Year.

Thank you again for all your help and support, it makes all the difference. 


Sue :-)

Dementia Friendly East Lothian CIC
Twitter: @SueNorthrop


Friendship Groups


Tuesday 30th January 
Maitlandfield House Hotel
Afternoon: 2.30 - 5PM - Exact times to be confirmed 

If you live with dementia or you are a care-partner, friend or family member, you are warmly welcomed to our  DEEP day at Maitlandfield House Hotel on 30th January in the afternoon.  Philly Haire and Paul Thomas from DEEP are organising a workshop to talk about what you think the issues are.  This will feed into discussions on the East Lothian Dementia Strategy and will determine DFEL's priorities for 2018 and beyond, including priority projects and how we develop the Friendship Groups. Afternoon tea will be served and the event is of course free. If you need help with transport or have any questions; get in touch. Amanda from TIDE - a group that supports carers - will be coming along too. See more about DEEP here.  DEEP


Tuesday 27th March
Times and venue to be confirmed

We're delighted to be working with Tide for our first Carers' Gathering. Please save the date and keep an eye open for opportunities to get involved!  Find out more about TIDE here. 


Watch this space for details of how you can get involved in creating a sensory garden at Cockenzie House and Gardens! Cockenzie House Website. 


DFEL Friendship Groups Christmas Party:

13th December
Fisherrow Community Centre
Musselburgh. 2.30 - 4pm.

Dressing up is not mandatory but definitely welcomed!


Groups meet across East Lothian and providing opportunities for people to keep in touch with friends old and new.  The groups have come up with great projects for next year and how we can support people affected by dementia.  Our first is with  Cockenzie House and Gardens to create a sensory garden - watch out for dates.

Groups meet regularly across East Lothian. Anyone is welcome any time so please drop in!

Please check our FaceBook Page and the Newsletter for updates and in case we need to change dates.

Haddington - Next meeting 9th January 2018  at the Maitlandfield House Hotel. The Group meets on the  first Tuesday of the month, 10.30am - 12noon.

Musselburgh - Next meeting 13th December 2017 for our Musselburgh Christmas party. The next meeting is February 14th 2018,  2.30 - 4pm at the Fisherrow Centre, Musselburgh.  Sorry there's no January meeting. The Group meets on the the second Wednesday of the month, 2.30 - 4pm.

Dunbar  - Next meets 15th December for the Dunbar Christmas Gathering. The first meeting of 2018 will be 19th January. The Group meets on the third Friday of the month, 10.30am - 12 noon at the Royal Mackintosh Hotel, Dunbar.

Prestonpans -  We next meet on Prestonpans on the 24th January at the Prestoungrange Gothenburg (upstairs), 10.30 - 12 noon.  The group usually meets in the fourth Wednesday of the month. 

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