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Self Management Project (Lothian)

Lothian Self-Management Project

Following the success of ‘Stay Well Lanarkshire’ and ‘Managing Me’ project in West Lothian, Action for Sick Children Scotland is pleased to offer a Lothian based generic self-management project for children and young people with long term health conditions.

Two age specific programmes are available, one for children aged 8 to 11 and one for young people aged 12 to 17 years. Each programme consists of 6 workshops and will focus on increasing mental and physical well-being. It will also look at how young people can manage stress, emotions, friendships, feelings, talking with parents/carers, teachers and health professionals, healthy eating, confidence teachers and health professionals, healthy eating, confidence building and so on.


What is self-management? 

  • Self-management puts people living with long term conditions in ‘the driving seat’. It supports and encourages people to access information and to develop skills that will enable them to live their lives on their terms.
  • Self-management is not a replacement for health or other services.
  • It’s about working with people who can provide the right support at the right time to enable individuals to choose how they want to live with a long term condition(s).
  • Self-management does not mean having to manage alone without support.
  • It enables people to make informed choices about how and when to draw on different kinds of support.

Self-management is a process in which people with long term illnesses are empowered to take charge of their condition and its impact on their quality of life. Self-management is not an individual action, specific treatment or service. It has to be tailored to each person’s needs, circumstances and wishes. It supports people to live full lives while dealing with the reality of living with a long term condition. 


For more information on self-management, check out the Alliance website:  (was Long Term Conditions Alliance Scotland-LTCAS).


What will happen at workshops?

Our project team, Simita Kumar and Dani Cochrane will be providing a programme of self-management workshops (three full days or six half days). The sessions will be directly shaped by the young people participating and will include fun activities such as drumming, dvd production, peer support training and healthy cooking. The following list is not exhaustive and may vary depending on participants but sessions will include


  •  Understanding self-management and NHS structures
  • Understanding and coping with emotion
  • Communication: family, friends, health & education professional
  • Building Confidence
  • Resources needed to self-manage e.g. coping with stress, pain, healthy exercise and food  





Dates for the diary

Programme 1

Programme 2 

Programme 3*

Programme 4  Programme 5

31st October 2015

13th Feb 2016

16th April 2016

21st May2016 3rd Sept 2016

14th November 2015

27th Feb 2016

30th April 2016

4th June 2016 10th Sept 2016

28th November 2015


5th March 2016

 19th March      2016

30th March 2016

14th May  2016


28th May 2016

18th June 2016

2nd July 2016

16th July 2016

24th Sept 2016

8th Oct 2016

22nd Oct 2016

Programme 3* is designed for Children and Young People aged 8 - 12 years.  

Click here for Programme Agenda and Workshop Dates for 2016


Want to know more about the project?

If you are a child/ young person, parent/carer, or work in health, education or the voluntary sector in Lothian and would like more information, email Simita or call on 0131 553 6553 for more information.


Click here for Referral Form   and for the Programme Leaflet


Grateful thanks to Project Funders

The Sick Kids Friends Foundation, Lloyds TSB Foundation, Nancy Massie Trust, Ponton House Trust and Woodward Trust