DFEL Newsletter Winter 2019
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Hello and welcome to the Dementia Friendly East Lothian Winter Newsletter.

The DFEL Gathering will be on Tuesday 26th November, 10am - 3.30pm at the Maitlandfield House Hotel. The agenda, as usual, is set through community conversations and groups. This Gathering, we're focussing on:

  • Carers
  • Transport
  • Information 
The Gathering is a great place to share ideas and stories. If you have something you want everyone to know or an issue you want to raise, please get in touch.  Sign up for The Gathering HERE

Community conversations about Meeting Centres are progressing in collaboration with Area Partnerships and sub groups. Musselburgh, Tranent and Dunbar discussions are underway. If you're interested, get in touch. 

We also welcome 2 new Life Changes Trust Projects running across Scotland over the next 5 years. They have kindly agreed to hold events in East Lothian on 27 and 28th November and staff will be at The Gathering too, so lots of chances to make contact.

bold brings different types of leader together on an equal footing and provides free leadership development opportunities across Scotland. Bold leaders can expect to try things out and learn from each other and by doing things. They can expect to form lasting, supportive relationships, make a difference and have fun. bold is running a taste of leadership in East Lothian on 27th  November. 

About dementia  is a national forum bringing people together around issues that matter to people with dementia and unpaid carers and affect their daily lives. The aim is to improve Scottish policy and practice locally and nationally. They are looking for examples of good  practice and will advocate for changes that benefit people living with dementia. About Dementia's Home and Housing Forum meets in East Lothian on 28th November. 

They offer great opportunities to get involved and change the world.  Contact the projects or me or keep an eye on the Facebook page for information.

Here's to Living and not Existing! 

Take care


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



  • Sunday 20th October, Cockenzie House & Gardens: Planting Bulbs for Spring. 11-3pm - join us planting for Spring, or pop in for a cuppa and a blether.
  • Tuesday 12th November Intergenerational Training for Trainers & Practitioners. 10 - 4pm.  Costs £75.00 or £50 for GWT Members/concessions. Join GWT free:
  • Tuesday 19 November Scottish Opera’s Tosca,  Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, 3pm.  A Dementia Friendly performance£12.50 per person (includes ticket, tea & cake in our café and transportation there and back). Plus the possibility of a pre-show event with Scottish Opera (to be finalised).  Contact Dawn: Phone: 0131 622 8444; e-mail:
  • Tuesday 26th November, DFEL Gathering. Maitlandfield House Hotel. Sign up HERE: 
  • Wednesday 27th November bold - A taste of leadership. November 27th, Carberry Tower Hotel, Musselburgh 
  • Thursday November 28th, About Dementia Home and Housing Sub Forum. details to follow.  
  • Wednesday, Term times onlyDrop in Cafe for people with dementia, carers, family & friends run by Muirfield Riding Therapy. Wednesdays in term time, 10am - 12 noon at MRT. Free but donations welcome. 

Friendship 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

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

2nd Wednesday of the month
The Hollies Centre, Musselburgh
From 1pm - 2.30pm

3rd Thursday of the month
McNeill Room, Tranent Library
From 10.30 - 12 noon

3rd Friday of the month
The Royal MackIntosh Hotel
From 10.30am - 12 noon.

Last Wednesday and second Wednesday of the month
The Willow Room (usually!), Cockenzie House & Gardens.  
10am - 12 noon.


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