Professionals Café

First Step Professionals Café

First Step has built up effective partnerships across the local professional community and believes that working in partnership to deliver a coordinated approach, is fundamental is providing the right support to meet the individual needs of families.

We offer termly Professional Café’s which are an opportunity for local professionals to network and find out what is happening in the local area, to support Children and their families. Each Café offers the opportunity for a local agency/sector to share information on their service. Since the introduction of the Café’s, we have had over 60 local professionals attend, with extremely positive feedback.

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Previous Professionals Café have included:

  • Shaping the Future of First Step – A Professional Consultation

  • How are we supporting families in the local Area?- Service Mapping

  • Karen Alan (Speech and Language Therapist, NHS Lothian)- ‘Let’s Talk’

  • Diann Govenlock (Community Learning and Development, ELC) – ‘Family Learning’

  • Penny Rackett (Educational Psychologist, ELC) – The Educational Psychologist Service.

  • Margaret St Clair-Gunn & Karin Dobbie (Musselburgh Health Visiting Service, NHS Lothian) – ‘The Universal Health Visiting Pathway’

  • Ann Richardson (Stepping Out - Healthy minds: Happy Babies Project) "Time to Respond" Film

What Professionals are saying about our Café

“So positive and brilliant for networking and creating connections”

“Very good presentation. Good to find out all of what CLD do. Very informative. Very good storytelling”

“Always welcoming! Great use of story stones. Fun! Interesting presentation esp. statistics”

“Really helpful session, raising awareness of service. Thanks again to First Step staff for organising this”

“Very interesting and informative. Thank you, a great way to start the day”

“Our Health Visiting Team have attended all of the Professional Café’s and found them to be extremely beneficial when supporting families”

“A very informative presentation. I have found out more about community learning and development and how this can link with the work of the support teacher team. Thank you – looking forward to the next café!”

“Great to hear about what other organisations are doing and how they fit in the community”

“Lovely breakfast and welcome. Loved the ‘Round Robin’ Story – ideal ice breaker on World Book Day. Super informative presentation – lots of ideas or future links and joint working. Well done all”

Join our Professional Cafe

If you are a local professional and would like to find out more about our Professional Café’s or to keep up to date with future café’s then please contact Tina Pollock at