The Edinburgh & Lothian Involvement Network gives people with support needs a chance to share ideas and experiences about being involved in decisions that affect their lives.

The meetings are held every 2 months and we talk about the  Charter for Involvement and putting it into practice. We are part of the National Involvement Network.

Meetings are held 6 times a year at the Norton Park Centre in Edinburgh, and we talk about different things we are involved in with our organisations and in the wider community.

Hello and Welcome

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

“The meetings are good because I like talking to new people and taking part in tasks at the table.  What I like most about being Chairperson is I like being in charge. It makes me feel good about myself.  Being more involved has helped me be more independent like buying a train ticket and getting on a train to meet other NIN members for meetings in Glasgow.”


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

“The meetings are good because they are fun and authoritative. They help people feel needed and that they have a voice to be listened to. Chairing the meetings is a challenge. I want to make sure that everyone’s opinions are heard.”








Hi I am Paddy and I support the Edinburgh and Lothian Involvement Network.

“I think it is really important that people with support needs are involved in all of the decisions that affect them.  The Involvement Network is a great way of helping people make changes that help improve their lives.”

Local issues that affect us are also discussed. This has included talking about health and social care services and how they can be better. We also talked about making the law better for people with learning disabilities and autism.

Anyone with support needs from the Edinburgh or Lothian area can come along to the Involvement Network. For more information phone or email Paddy – 07949 681269, [email protected]




About Us

“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