During the Coronavirus Covid-19 Lockdown period, everyone needs to adapt their life. However, its important that crucial services, especially those to young people in need of support, are not forgotten.
Here is some information about services in Midlothian that have adapted to the Lockdown requirements.
Midlothian Speech and Language Therapy
Midlothian Speech & Language Therapy Department offer a weekly telephone help line, for parents and professionals to ring us to discuss any concerns they have about a child’s speech, language and communication skills.
For advice or to discuss a child or young person with us please phone:
0131 454 9544 on a Tuesday afternoon from 14.00 – 16.00
Discussions are confidential.
If further action is advised they will discuss this with you.
Anyone can ring if they would like to talk to an SLT for advice. You don’t need to go to your GP or school to access this service.
The Team are also on Facebook
There is information and advice for parents and carers of young children at the website
Y2K: During these challenging times Y2K has adapted the way in which it offers and provides support to local young people. We have developed a range of fun, interactive and supportive digital services, in response to the current situation. Our youth workers are available Monday to Friday, throughout the day, to engage with young people on an individual basis through our social media platforms. We are also delivering weekly zoom-based group sessions and health and wellbeing supports which will also include some evenings. Young people who wish to can work towards Dynamic youth awards remotely, with support from an allocated youth worker. We are keeping in regular contact with as many of our existing service users as possible however we welcome any young people who are new to our services as well. If you have are working with a young person who would benefit from getting involved with our current programme of supports, please signpost them to our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages which are regularly updated.
MYPAS are online and have a range of services available.
MYPAS help young people (aged 12 to 21) to deal with issues including: mental health and drug and alcohol use
information, support and counselling services are free, friendly and confidential.
They have now launched its Facebook and Twitter pages.
They will be posting regular service updates, useful information and other MYPAS related news.
Changes to Scottish Government advice on going outdoors: From Monday 11 May the advice will be that people can go outside more than once a day to exercise. This activity should continue to be undertaken close to home. Those going out to exercise should either go alone or with members of their household. The change does not allow people to mix with people from different households, to gather in groups, or to go out to relax outdoors. Here is the advice on the Scottish Government Website
Emergency Help Guide: Midlothian emergency help guide is now online. It will help you guide Midlothian residents to sources of support during the COVID-19 crisis; from feeling isolated to running out of food or help with transport to get to a funeral or a GP appointment. There is a pdf version downloadable at the bottom of the webpage and wherever possible we have phone numbers alongside web links and email addresses. This resource is relevant to adults and children. See the Advice on the Midlothian Council Website
Scottish Parliament: The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), which offers impartial information in support of Parliamentary business, have put key info and analysis together on Coronavirus (COVID-19) which will be kept up to date as the situation develops. Current publications include Coronavirus (COVID-19) Employment rights; Staying connected: Broadband and Coronavirus (COVID-19); Housing and Coronavirus (COVID-19); Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Scottish Social Security Scottish Parliament Website
Self Care: MYPAS is hosting a Coffee Break Self Care webinar on 22 May. To finish off Mental Health awareness week, join them as they look at what self-care is, why it’s important and give you the space to see what that might look like for you. This webinar is suitable for a broad range of working contexts and has come from a series of seminars exploring the area of mental health with those who work with children and young people. Book your space here
Diabetes: From Diabetes Scotland 'What we wish we could ask at clinic but can’t right now. With many routine diabetes appointments not happening at this moment, we know you must have questions that you’d like to ask. On Wednesday 13 May at 2.30pm we will be hosting a live Zoom chat with the National Lead for Diabetes, Dr Brian Kennon, and Consultant Paediatrician, Dr Vicky Alexander: ‘Diabetes: what we wish we could ask at clinic but can’t right now’. BOOK HERE We also welcome your questions in advance; email Diabetes Scotland
Skills Development Scotland
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has introduced a new portal in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to connect people with thousands of free-to-access online learning materials. The site has been designed with the support of the Open University in Scotland providing access to its award-winning OpenLearn platform of free courses - including hundreds of employability and skills related courses many of which offer digital badges.
Working closely with learning providers, additional opportunities will be included in the coming weeks and months. Visit the online learning portal here.
The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS)
RLSS have a toolkit about staying safe near water - something to read up on ready for the end of Lockdown
This toolkit is for all ages and abilities, no matter your age or knowledge base the toolkit is an excellent learning or revision tool to help you be safe and make the correct decisions whilst being in, on or near the water.