Important message from John MacMillan, CEO of the Eric Liddell Centre

The Eric Liddell Centre’s mission is to be at the heart of the community; enhancing health and well-being and improving people’s lives and our vision is to Bring Edinburgh’s Communities Together.

The need for our work to support local families and individuals as a result of the COVID-19 situation, is now greater than it ever has been – the purpose of this message is to enquire if you, your family/loved ones, or others that you know, would benefit from a free lunch being delivered to your door five days a week, Monday to Friday.
We are aiming to provide this support to individuals/families who are vulnerable in some way and who would benefit from a little bit of extra support via the provision of a healthy and wholesome lunch, at this difficult time.

If you are interested in receiving this, please contact us as soon as you can, by emailing Zsofia Molnar at molnarz@ericliddell.org, with your name, address with post code and telephone number, confirming how many lunches would be helpful for you and your family. If you have any dietary requirements, please list these too.

We are planning to start the delivery of our lunch programme on Monday 6th April, on a phased basis and we will aim to include you in the delivery from Monday, or as soon as we can thereafter. Once we have heard that you want to be included, we will contact you to confirm what date your lunch will start being delivered to your door, until we reach our full capacity which will be around 150 lunches each day.
We are delighted to be able to provide this support, with the backing of Celtic FC Foundation, the participation of McLarens on the Corner, along with our amazing Eric Liddell Centre volunteers and staff.

We are very mindful of the governments advice about COVID-19 and social distancing and can confirm that your lunch will be left at your front door by a volunteer wearing suitable protective gloves/mask, to avoid any direct contact with you and your loved ones.

By posting this message, I am simply trying to ensure that as many people who might benefit from this service, get the opportunity to be included. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

I hope this message is helpful and I look forward to you making contact with my colleague Zsofia.

Yours sincerely,

John MacMillan
Chief Executive Officer

COVID-19 Update

Following national advice and guidance from the government, the Eric Liddell Centre is now CLOSED until further notice!

COVID-19 Update - Day Care Service

Message from the CEO of the Eric Liddell Centre re Coronavirus (COVID-19) & social care response

I want to reassure you that we are taking all available measures to ensure the health and wellbeing of our service users and our carers.

A difficult decision has been taken by the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership to step down commissioned day opportunities until further notice – this includes the Eric Liddell Centres Day Care Service. Therefore, clients will no longer be able to attend the Eric Liddell Centre Day Care Service due to a pause in service provision, which will continue until further notice.

Alternative arrangements are being made to ensure that clients personally, or someone they care for, will continue to receive the support needed to remain at home and they will be contacted to confirm what these arrangements are. This may include home visits, telephone contact or alternative arrangements to meet individual needs.

If you require any further details or wish to discuss this further, please call our Day Care Manager, Caroline Heenan on 0131 357 1273.

In addition to the above, I have decided to follow the advice of the Edinburgh Health & Social Care Partnership and other partners/funders, that it is best to also pause our further care related services – Carers Programme, Befriending Service, Caring Soles (footcare service) and our Lunch Break Programme. My staff will be in contact with you to discuss how we might be able to provided alternative support in the present circumstances.

If you require any further details please contact our front desk on 0131 447 4520 who will connect you with the correct member of staff.

For further information, please visit:

Kind regards,
John MacMillan
CEO Eric Liddell Centre


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