Posts Tagged 'edinburgh'

Edinburgh Meal Makers

Edinburgh Meal Makers now have over 25 volunteer cooks ready to start sharing across the city, and want to step up the pace in getting some older people referred them.  Below is the list of areas where they currently have cooks PVG checked or are just waiting for them to be returned from disclosure.  Continue reading ‘Edinburgh Meal Makers’


Have Your Say – Edinburgh’s Domestic Abuse services

The City of Edinburgh is reviewing how its services respond to domestic abuse, and want to hear from services users and people who work with them to:

  • find out how helpful they have been
  • see how they can be improved
  • make sure they work well together

We are carrying out online surveys and talking to small groups to find out more.  The results will help us to plan services which work for everyone. Continue reading ‘Have Your Say – Edinburgh’s Domestic Abuse services’

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)

Alan Laughland explained about the ASIST training at our last Practitioner Forum and there are now new dates available on myHR for CEC employees. If you are an employee outwith the Council please contact Alan Laughland direct to apply for a place

You can find more information on ASIST here:

IFSW Conference 2015

The International Federation of Social Workers Expo is being held in Edinburgh this year. You can register for tickets here – be aware you will most likely have to do this from a home computer as the firewalls within CEC can prevent the registration going through!

Follow this link:

Consultation: The Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership draft Strategic Plan and Joint Strategic Needs Assessment

The ELPF would like to submit a response to this on behalf of its attendees. It is a three month public consultation and you can either submit a response to us ( and we will collate the views of social workers and other front line workers across the city, or you can submit an individual response here This is also where you can view all the papers for the consultation.


Chief Social Work Officer Annual Report

You can view the 2014-15 CSWO’s report here.

Walk a Mile Edinburgh – 3 September 2015, register now

Walk a Mile
Thursday 3rd September
18:00 hours at Edinburgh’s Royal Mile

How many times have you thought….’I wish you could walk a mile in my shoes’
Well now here’s your chance to be part of Scotland’s biggest ever anti-stigma conversation. Join us and ‘Walk a Mile in someone else’s shoes’ to challenge mental health stigma. Our aim is to bring together hundreds of professionals, carers and people with lived experience for a friendly conversation as they stroll down the Royal Mile in pairs.

People will get the chance to see each other as they really are and not as the labels they may have.Inspired by Chris Young’s walk around the edge of the UK, Walk a Mile is a series of events organised to highlight the experiences of people with mental health problems.

Chris Young is an ex-social worker who has a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).  On 6th April 2011, he began a tour of the UK with the aim to walk the entire way around our lovely island on foot, relying solely on the kindness of other people for food, water, shelter and compassion.  His walk has been hugely successful in achieving his goal of encouraging open, honest conversation and reducing the stigma of mental health conditions ‘one conversation at a time’. Chris has walked thousands of miles with the belief that we can end stigma together.

Places are limited so register now.

We’re meeting at 18:00 on JohnstoneTerrace at the top of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.

Live Well in Later Life

An interactive map which shows older people’s services and activities in Edinburgh has been launched today.

The project is a collaboration between EVOC and City of Edinburgh Council.  It is part of the European URBACT Healthy Ageing Project which looks at innovative approaches to healthy ageing.

The maps also show where key services for older people, such as GP practices, are located as well as a range of groups and activities that help older people to live active, happy lives.

The information can also be used to help service providers see where new groups and services may be needed.

You can have a look at the map by going to Further information about the data used and a user guide are also available from the site.

FREE suicide prevention training for people working in Edinburgh

A mix of FREE safeTALK suicide prevention training ( and ASIST suicide ( prevention training is available NOW (see table below).

Please distribute this through your networks for people that work in Edinburgh and apply as appropriate.

Priority will be given to those working with groups of people at high risk of suicide ( , which is generally organisations involved with Inclusive Edinburgh.

If you are a COUNCIL employee, please apply via MyHr.

If you are a NON-COUNCIL employee please do the following: Continue reading ‘FREE suicide prevention training for people working in Edinburgh’


Scottish Government have commissioned work into the effects and experiences of loneliness. There are some free Roadshow events which you can attend, details here: Health and Loneliness Roadshows 2015

Next ELPF Meeting

City Chambers Business Centre 09.30 - 12.30April 10th, 2019
City Chambers, Business Centre: 09.30 - 12.30

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