Eric Liddell Centre
Charity registered in Scotland
The Eric Liddell Centre, situated at Holy Corner in Edinburgh, provides a registered day care service for people with a diagnosis of dementia and a programme for carers including a befriending service and short breaks through a range of courses and events held throughout the city. The Centre also offers excellent office accommodation for small charities or organisations and quality meeting facilities for a range of educational, health, arts & culture, charitable, community and children's groups in its conveniently located premises at the heart of the community.
The Eric Liddell Centre provides a number of services including a Day Care service for people with dementia, a Befriending service, the leasing of office space to several charities, as well as room hire for all sorts of different events, from professional workshops to pilates classes! The Centre is a busy place with a real buzz and a huge variety of people come through the doors each day. Café Connect is situated on the ground floor of the Centre and offers hot drinks, light meals and cakes.
Befriending aims to remove or lessen isolation that carers may experience as a result of their caring role. We welcome volunteer befrienders who ideally have an understanding of dementia and carer's needs, and are willing to spend time listening to, encouraging and supporting a carer. Befrienders support carers to become more engaged with the community, or simply have a break from caring for a little while. Some carers like to get out and about and attend activities of interest.
Our Carer Befriending Service aims to breakdown the isolation experienced by carers in providing them with a volunteer befriender. The role is flexible, allowing the volunteer and carer to negotiate when and where, and how often, they will meet. What they do in that time depends on what the carer needs from the relationship. This may involve joining in an activity, going for a walk or to the cinema or just having time for a chat and coffee in a local cafe.