The Edinburgh & Lothian Involvement Network gives people who get support in Edinburgh and the Lothians a chance to share ideas and experiences about being involved in things that matter to them.

Meetings are held 5-6 times per year and members discuss ways of putting the Charter for Involvement into practice.

Hello and Welcome

My name is Katrina Merriless. I am Chairperson of the Edinburgh and Lothian Involvement Network.


My name is Iain Foley, I am the Vice Chairperson of the Edinburgh and Lothian Involvement Network.


Hi I’m Paddy, I am helping the Edinburgh and Lothian Involvement Network to make sure they are listened to and respected.


About Us

We are a group of people from across Edinburgh and the Lothians who get additional support. We meet up every couple of months.

At meetings we talk about how we have been using the Charter for Involvement and what we think should happen next.

We are part of the National Involvement Network.


“We want to be involved in Speaking up Groups”


What we do

We raise awareness of the Charter for Involvement and promote inclusion of people who get additional support. We give each other mutual support and learn from each other. We also review local and national policies and make recommendations. Some of us get involved in campaigning and some of us have delivered training and given presentations on the Charter for Involvement. Sometimes organisations ask us for advice.


We want to take part in national and local campaigns”


How can I get involved

Anyone with additional support needs can join Edinburgh and Lothian Involvement Network. You can phone or email Paddy for more information. You can ask whoever gives you support to contact Paddy.

Meeting Dates

Dates of meetings for 2020:

Mon 24 February

Wed 17 June

Wed 19 August

Wed 21 October

Wed 9 December

Information from Meetings

Local Involvement Networks

ARC Scotland brings supported people together in their local areas to lead change in their services and communities in Aberdeenshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, Edinburgh and Lothian, and North East and South Ayrshires.

Read more about Local Involvement