DFEL Winter Gathering 2019
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The DFEL Gathering is on Tuesday 26th November, 10am - 3.00/3.30pm at the Maitlandfield House Hotel, 24 Sidegate, Haddington. Map here.

The Gathering is a great place to share ideas and stories. People living with dementia (carers and people with dementia), community organisations and activists and services and decision makers come together to meet friends old and new, share ideas and learning and change the world together.  It's friendly, informal and free. Sign up for The Gathering HERE

We start with a cuppa and chat from 9.30 and from 10am, we talk about the things that matter to us and the changes that will make our lives better.

During the day, Anne Traill and the Haddington Singing Group will be leading singing for everyone and Emma Mackenzie will be running a taster session on drawing and mindfulness.

Our hot topics for conversations are
  • Carers - led by Anne Bisset, Moyra Birnie & Alison Reynolds who organised East Lothian's first event run by carers for carers. You can read about the Carers Conference HERE.
  • Transport - sharing experiences and finding solutions with Andrew McLellan, East Lothian Council, Keith Fisken, SESTrans, Michael Huddleston from Alzheimers Scotland & Andy Hyde, Go Upstream.
  • Information - led by Agnes Houston MBE & Dr Julie Watson from Edinburgh University, based round their research.

We are also delighted to welcome people from 2 exciting new Life Changes Trust projects that are working in East Lothian and across Scotland. 

Karen Barrie & Lorna Hill will be with us from boldBold brings together different types of leader 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 at the Carberry Tower Hotel.

Michael McMahon & Adam Huntley work with About dementia, a national forum bringing people together around issues that matter to people with dementia and unpaid carers and affect their daily lives. About Dementia's aim is to improve Scottish policy and practice locally and nationally. Michael and Adam 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.

About Dementia and BOLD will be working together closely over the five years of each project.

So lots of interesting and different ways to get involved.  Hope to see you soon!

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


bold & About Dementia


BOLD is funded by the Life Changes Trust.  BOLD recognises that a large number of new leaders of all ages and from all walks of life, including people living with dementia, are already finding their place in the 'dementia world'.

The project brings together these different types of leader and organises leadership development opportunities. They support leaders using creative arts-based methods, so leaders can learn from each other, form enduring supportive relationships, and have fun. 
Click here to visit their website for more information about how to be involved.

Coming up: bold
Wednesday 27th November bold - A taste of leadership. November 27th, Carberry Tower Hotel, Musselburgh  


About Dementia is Scotland’s forum for improving lives. Funded for five years by Life Changes Trust, they empower people affected by dementia to develop solutions to everyday challenges and create change led by lived experience. By working together with people living with dementia and those who care for them, we will shape dementia policy and practice across many different areas of life.

Coming up About Scotland:

  • Thursday 28th November: About Dementia: Housing and Home. The Brunton (Musselburgh, EH21 6AA). 10:30am - 2:00pm.

  • 5th December: Winter Forum Meeting. Bellfield Centre (Stirling, FK8 2AU). 10:30am - 2:30pm

Forums are free to attend, and lunch and refreshments will be provided. We will also cover expenses for travel within the local area. If you are interested in attending any of these meetings or would like further information, please get in touch with project administrator Adam Huntley 
tel: 0131 668 8055.



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! 

Friendship Groups will stop over Christmas and New Year & begin again on 7th January (if we're all spared and well!)
1st Tuesday of the month
The Maitlandfield House Hotel  
From 10.30am  - 12 noon

3rd December - mince pies Christmas wishes
1st Tuesday of the month
The Hope Rooms, North Berwick.
From 2pm - 3.30pm

3rd December - final get together 

3rd Thursday of the month
McNeill Room, Tranent Library
From 10.30 - 12 noon
15th November - Remembering Tranent
19th December Festive fun

3rd Friday of the month
The Royal MackIntosh Hotel
From 10.30am - 12 noon.
20th December - Christmas lunch - contact me to book

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

27th November - planning our history project
11th December - Christmas fun & lunch


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