Edinburgh College works with partners on new plan for East Lothian

Edinburgh College and fellow members of the East Lothian Partnership have launched a new plan to improve the lives of people in East Lothian.

The Partnership, of which college Principal Annette Bruton is vice chair, has developed the East Lothian Plan, a ten year strategy, which aims to deliver an East Lothian that is increasingly prosperous, community-minded and fair for all its citizens.

The Plan focuses on reducing inequalities and on prevention and early intervention. It contains actions that will help to deliver work skills and jobs, better digital provision, improved mental health provision, a reduction in the numbers of people who go missing (particularly people with dementia), and better outcomes for vulnerable families. The Plan also commits partners to considering freeing any surplus property assets to become much-needed business and housing land.

The Partnership sees Edinburgh College working closely with different public agencies and community partners. The ten-year plan is based on an examination of the needs of people in East Lothian, consultation with community organisations, and discussion among the partners before it was finalised at a meeting of the Partnership board on 26 September.

Edinburgh College Principal and vice chair of the East Lothian Partnership Annette Bruton said:

“The Plan contains many commitments to action over ten years including helping to deliver work skills and jobs for the people of East Lothian. As a college we must ensure our courses are accessible to all and work with industry partners to enable people to develop the skills and knowledge required to thrive in the workplace. The plan also includes details on building on the work of the East Lothian Poverty Commission which I chaired last year, and a focus on mental health.”

Acting Chair of East Lothian Partnership, East Lothian Council’s depute leader Cllr Norman Hampshire said:

“East Lothian is recognised by its citizens as a great place to live, but some of the people living here still have to deal with inequalities. This new East Lothian Plan will help us work together to address that. It bring challenges and opportunities not just for the partners, but for communities themselves.”