Community Services

Eric Liddell Centre Community Support Services

The Eric Liddell Centre has developed a range of services to meet the needs identified in the local and wider Edinburgh community, as a result of research and consultation with partner organisations as well as individuals in the local population.

Carer Programme

The Carer Programme addresses the important issue of maintaining carers’ own good health and general well-being, and aims to enable them to fulfil their caring role adequately with free, city-wide educational, recreational and theraputic courses.

Includes a Befriending Service for carers and the Day Breaks service to give older carers and the person that they care for, the time in which to do activities together.

The Carer programme is here to support you as a carer. A carer is anyone who, unpaid, looks after a friend or family member who can’t cope alone due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction. Many people don’t recognise themselves as carers, but anyone can become a carer.


We offer free access to weekly drop-in classes throughout the year. The classes run in 8 week blocks. The classes available are Yoga which runs on Mondays from 10.30am – 12.30pm and Relaxation/Qigong which runs on Tuesdays from 10.30am – 12.30pm. All the classes are suitable for beginners, and as well as those with more experience. They are designed to be welcoming, supportive spaces, with a break in the middle for tea and coffee, and the chance to meet other carers and access information, news and our mobile library of books.

Information kiosk

Our new information kiosk, situated in Café Connect here at the Eric Liddell Centre, is easy to use. Just touch the screen to find information about services and news across the city relevant to carers.  Help is available on request with finding the information you need if you would prefer.  Just call Anna Reid on 0131 446 3321 or email

Please feel free to use the kiosk at any time during our opening hours of  9am – 9.30pm.


Our mobile library of books on topics which may be helpful to carers, is also available to browse and borrow from. Again, please just call Anna to access it.

Self Directed Support (SDS)

SDS –  a relatively new way of providing social care services designed to give the recipient choice and control over the way services are delivered. If you would like to know more, or are in the process of applying or managing SDS we can offer one-to-one support. Just call Anna Reid on 0131 446 3321 or email

Talks and Trips

Our series of informative talks offer the chance to find out more about issues which may be of interest and relevance to you as a carer. Come and enjoy tea, coffee and biscuits and the chance to chat afterwards too.

Every month we also organise a day trip, which is an opportunity for carers and their cared-for person to have relaxing day out visiting local venues and place of interest. Transport and entry fees are provided.

Call Anna Reid on 0131 446 3321 or email to book a place in the classes or with enquiries about the library, SDS, the trips and talks or with any other questions. We look forward to meeting you.


Caring Soles – Personal Foot Care Service

Caring Soles Footcare is a low cost volunteer-led service that specialises in toenail cutting and general healthy footcare maintenance.  Keeping toenails trimmed regularly is important for good health and wellbeing, especially amongst older people.  Good footcare supports better ease for being physically active and comfortable on your feet.  If you struggle with your personal foot care, this service is for you.

Caring Soles Footcare is managed here at the Eric Liddell Centre who staff and support volunteers across four community based sites.

  • Wester Hailes Library, 1 Westside Plaza, EH14 2ST
  • Eric Liddell Centre, 15 Morningside Road, EH10 4DP
  • The Ripple Project Hub, 198 Restalrig Road South, EH7 6DZ
  • St Martins Community Resource Centre, 232 Dalry Road, EH11 2JG

For each footcare appointment there is a charge: £20 for each first appointment and £10 every time thereafter.  We consistently receive good feedback from both volunteers and service users, and celebrated the first year of the service (in March 2018).

Caring Soles Footcare meets the need of people who require basic personal foot care and is not part of a podiatry service.  For specific podiatry needs anyone can self-refer themselves to NHS Lothian Podiatry or seek private chiropody, and we can help advise on this where needed.

Register for an appointment over the phone on 0131 447 4520 at the Eric Liddell Centre (and select ‘Option 4’ for Caring Soles Footcare).

Come & Relax While We Gently Tend to Your Feet – Caring Soles


LOOPs Hospital Discharge Support Programme

The Eric Liddell Centre is one of the organisations comprising the LOOPs (Local Opportunities for Older People) Community Wellbeing Team. The project is led by EVOC and places key Third Sector staff within the new Locality Hubs in each area of Edinburgh and in hospital settings.

The Community Wellbeing Team staff work with health and social care professionals to provide a link between older people and third sector support and advice services available in the community.

The aim of the project is to develop a whole community response to the dual challenges of hospital discharge delays and social isolation amongst Edinburgh’s older citizens.

For more information about the LOOPs Community Wellbeing Team, please visit the EVOC website on

South West Villages Project

The South West Villages Project is working in Balerno, Currie and Juniper Green to address social isolation and loneliness amongst older people.  Initially we are holding discussion groups to gather local opinion and inform future service provision.  Your opinion about services and activities in the area is invaluable to our work, and we would like to hear your thoughts on what is needed in the area.

What activities and services for older people are you aware of in the area?  How well do these meet the needs of residents?

Do you feel well informed about local services?  How do you find out about what’s going on?  eg. local newspaper, notice boards, internet, word of mouth

What is lacking which would help older community members get out and about or pursue social activities?

Through a community engagement approach, we aim to encourage local people and groups to look out for the older members of the community.  We want to reach out to those people most at risk of social isolation and link them to services such as befriending, lunch clubs, and special interest groups.  You can contact us to find out about local activities for yourself, or on behalf of a family member, friend or neighbour.

Phone Caroline, SW Villages Development Officer, on 0131 357 1277 or email