Feb 252013

The Fraser CentreThe Fraser Centre in Tranent are currently doing research about the needs of the community. They have designed a survey for local people that can be found Here (Clicky)! Please help them out by filling it in. The survey should take less than 15 minutes.

If you have an interest in The Fraser Centre and want to find out more, visit their website at:  http://www.thefrasercentre.com/

Big Pedal 2013

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Dunbar Primary and Grammar Schools are currently preparing for the annual Big Pedal. This is a UK national competition which is a massive cycle and scoot to school event. In 2012 over 890,000 journeys were made by bike and scooter, by pupils at nearly 1,000 schools, representing a combined role of over 310,000 pupils. This year it takes place from 28 February to 20 March.

Dunbar Grammar is aiming to repeat their success from last year when they won the regional event and were awarded with the 1st prize of cycle accessories. The Primary also has their eye firmly on a prize this year to reflect the great effort that goes on all year round from the pupils who regularly cycle and scoot to school.

Headteacher of Dunbar Primary School, Helen Gillanders, commented:

We are actively encouraging as many of our pupils to ride their bike to school during the Big Pedal. It is a great way to keep healthy, develop independence and look after the environment.

and Tom Fendick, Technologies Teacher from Dunbar Grammar school, said:

A lot of the students are really looking forward to the Big Pedal. With house points at stake and last year’s 1st place to defend, this is an excellent way to motivate them to cycle or scoot. If we manage a couple of days where as many students as possible drag their bike out of the shed or garage and pedal in, then I will be extremely happy!

Belhaven Bikes LogoBelhaven Bikes has supported the event in previous years and will be repeating their initiatives such as water bottles awarded to the Primary class who pedals the most and a number of free entries to theSPACE skatepark in North Berwick, for the high pedalling Grammar students. This year, free bike checks will also be carried out at both schools during the Big Pedal by Belhaven Bikes.

In addition, hire bikes from Belhaven Bikes will be able to be used free of charge by parents/supporters of Primary aged children who would like to participate in the event as these journeys also contribute greatly to the points awarded to the school. If you are interested in the use of a bike to support the Big Pedal, you can contact Belhaven Bikes on 01368 860300 or email info@belhavenbikes.co.uk

The Primary has a variety of fun events planned around the Big Pedal. Parents and teachers will be rewarded with flapjacks for supporting the event on the first day and there will be a ‘bling your bike’ day. During the event there will also be an opportunity for pupils to dress up as superheroes to pedal or scoot to school. So, watch out Dunbar for a higher number of Supermen and Wonder Women that day!

Useful Links

The Big Pedal Website:  www.bigpedal.org.uk

Dunbar Primary School:  http://edubuzz.org/dunbarprimary

Dunbar Grammar School:  http://edubuzz.org/dunbargrammar

Belhaven Bikes:  www.belhavenbikes.co.uk

Photo Credit: East Lothian News (www.eastlothiannews.co.uk)

PACE Goes Live!

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Pace HealthAn exciting new online service was launched this month to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people experiencing mental health problems.

The new website and interactive Virtual Support Service has been developed by PACE, London’s leading charity promoting the mental health and wellbeing of the LGBT community to enable PACE to reach out to more people in distress.

Research has shown that levels of suicide, deliberate self-harm and drug and alcohol abuse amongst LGBT people are significantly higher than in their heterosexual counterparts.  Gay and bisexual men are five times as likely to have self-harmed[1] and lesbians and bisexual women are four times as likely to be at risk of substance abuse as straight women[2].

Poorer mental health amongst LGBT people is linked to discrimination, bullying, homophobia, pressure to conform and poor self-esteem.

Chief Executive, Margaret Unwin said:

We see our new online platform as a key service for the LGBT community.  Our own practice and research shows that LGBT people are isolated and may feel afraid to seek professional help or access mental health care.  Unfortunately mainstream services don’t always understand their issues.

Virtual Support Project Manager Rachel Booles said:

The Virtual Support Project will provide an easily accessible, free and anonymous source of support for many vulnerable LGBT individuals out there. This service expands our services beyond London to give us a national reach.  There will be expert advice provided which service users can access and an assessment tool so they can monitor their progress. Peer support will be offered through message boards and chat, moderated by a team of highly trained volunteers.

A volunteer taking part in the project said:

We want to establish that taking care of individual wellbeing is an unselfish notion, and something we can all take part in. Mental wellbeing is possible if we allow ourselves to use the tools available.

You can find the Pace Health Website at http://pacehealth.org.uk

Feb 152013

The New Year is often a time when people think BIG and 2013 is no exception. Here at web central we’ve already been made aware of three projects that hope to raise loads of cash for great causes over the course of the year.

Mad Hatter’s Ball

First off is a Disco Ball in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. The Mad Hatter’s Disco Ball is being organised by friends of Rachel Laird. She was one of the first young presenters to join East Lothian FM so when we found out she had Leukaemia we were keen to help out in any way we could. She told us that the Teenage Cancer Trust have been offering her loads of support so she hoped this Ball would raise some money for their funds.

The Mad Hatter’s Ball is listed on our Calendar, so click this link to find out more. If you’d like to know more about Rachel and her experiences so far, check out her blog at http//:www.rachelbouncingback.blogspot.co.uk

Tony Bradford Runs

In May this year, our very own Tony Bradford has given himself the challenge of running the Edinburgh Half Marathon. He’ll be running in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. We’ll give you news of his progress as we get closer to the starter’s gun but in the meantime, show him your support by popping over to his Just Giving Page and adding a pound or two to the pot.


Michele Duck from Aberlady sent us an email to tell us all about her planned climb of Kilimanjaro. Michele told us that the highest hill she’s climbed so far is Arthur’s Seat so she’s expecting this to be quite a challenge!

Michele is raising money for Childreach an amazing hands on charity who help young people in the UK make a difference. Participants not only get the chance to experience life changing activities but they also get involved with school projects in over 6 developing companies including Tanzania. This gives thousands of children the opportunity to gain education, health knowledge and the political rights that can be pivotal in bringing them out of poverty.

Michele leaves on the 9th of June 2013. If you’d like to show your support go to her My Donate Page. She says that:

While a small percentage of the money I raise will be spent on shirpas, tents and plane fare, we are traveling with a african airline, staying in a locally run hotel etc so all money still goes into the local economy to help boost it!

Doing Something Special?

Let us know! Send info on your project via our Contact Page.

Feb 122013

Love in the AfternoonThis Thursday is Valentine’s Day and to celebrate Andy Morris is changing the name of his show!

For one week only, “Love in the Afternoon” will air between 3 & 6pm on Thursday afternoon.

The request and dedication line is now open, so email your messages to loved ones by Clicking Here.

Andy will broadcast all (suitable) messages during the show. Enjoy 🙂

Feb 112013

ELFM LogoJust a quick note to let you know that Liz MacEwan will be joining Ron during his Tuesday Folk Club from 10pm tomorrow (Tuesday 12th Feb).

Liz has enjoyed a long career both locally and further afield. She is currently promoting a charity event in aid of St Columba’s Hospice and will be singing live in the studio during Ron’s show.

Find out more about Liz on her website at http://www.lizmacewan.com