DFEL Newsletter Autumn 2019
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Hello! The schools are back, the nights are drawing in, and we've a busy and exciting Autumn ahead with new things to do and significant  progress on main areas of work.

New this month -  Drop in for coffee at the new weekly cafe at Muirfield Riding Therapy; join a singing workshop at Wallyford and hear about bringing all ages together  at Dunbar Grammar School. You can also join us planting bulbs for spring (or watch!) at Cockenzie House & Gardens and book your seat at  Dementia Friendly Tosca in Edinburgh. 

Meeting Centres - The conversation continues. Some communities are setting up planning groups to explore if Meeting Centres can make a significant difference. We need carers, people with dementia and people from across the community to get involved so we make decisions and plans that work in real life. 

Research - getting the information you need when you need it should be easy, but it's a big issue for many of us. Dr Julie Wilson from Edinburgh University  is looking for people with dementia and Carers for her research: Beyond the Margins.   We will use the research to improve what happens in East Lothian.

Housing & Home - We'll be working with the Life Changes Trust's BOLD programme (Bringing Out Leaders in Dementia) and About Dementia - the LCT Policy and Practice Forum. We kick off with the About Dementia Housing Sub Group meeting in East Lothian on 22 October.  

All of the strands will come together at our Spring 2020 Gathering.

Find out more about events and what's happening in the Friendship Groups below. Please get in touch if you've ideas, comments or questions.

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



  • NEW! Drop in Cafe for people with dementia, carers, family & friends run by Muirfield Riding Therapy. Every Wednesday, 10am - 12 noon at MRT. Free but donations welcome. 
  • Wednesday 11th September; History walk along the Esk & tea.   From The Hollies Centre. Starts 1pm
  • Tuesday 24 September: Teenage Kicks Exhibition, North Berwick, Private viewing of the exhibition. 10.30 - 12.30 & light lunch 12.30 - 2.00pm.  Free, but please get in touch  to book.
  • East & Mid Lothian Intergenerational Network: Dunbar Grammar School, Tuesday 17th September, 10am - 12 noon.  Open to all. Come and hear about the great work bringing all ages  together.
  • Cockenzie House & Gardens: Planting Bulbs for Spring. 20th October, 11-3pm - join us planting for Spring, or pop in for a cuppa and a blether.
  • Intergenerational Training for Trainers & Practitioners. 12th November 10 - 4pm.  Costs £75.00 or £50 for GWT Members/concessions. Join GWT free:
  • Scottish Opera’s Tosca, Tuesday 19 November. 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: Direct line: 0131 622 8444; e mail:

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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