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.

The latest blocks of classes for 2019 are as follows:

Yoga with Rona Nussey:

14th January – 4th February (4 weeks)
25th February – 18th March (4 weeks)

Monday 18th February – Whilst there is no Yoga class on this date, instead, Irena Relyovska-Barton will be talking about “Compassion Fatigue”. Please let Bryony know if you would like to attend the talk so that we know the numbers of people to expect.

Gentle Exercise/Qi Gong with Hazel Moffatt:

15th January – 26th March (10 weeks) – No class on 26th February

Yoga is currently fully booked but get in touch with the contact details below to join our waiting list.

Other Classes and Events 2019

Mindfulness drop in with Dr Avinash Bansode:
Free and drop-in on Fridays from 4pm-5pm. All levels welcome. Ask at reception for directions.

Laughter Club: Contact Jo Bluett, 0792 989 7460; if you would like to find out more. Thursdays from 11am-12pm. Free for carers.

Knitting group: Tuesdays, 1pm-2pm. Liddell Suite or in the Café. Any level or ability. The chance to knit and share.

A Winter Warming Indian Dance Class – Thursday 21st February 1.30pm – 2.30pm

We are delighted to offer a special “taster session” Indian dance class with a teacher from “Dance Ihayami” on Thursday 21st February.

The class will take place in The Robertson Suite and will be a “Bollywood” theme!

The warm up starts at 1.30pm, so please join us a few minutes before this so we can welcome you and make the most of this uplifting class!

There will be chairs available to use (you can dance sitting down too!) should you feel that you need them, and there will also be refreshments offered.

Contact Bryony on 0131 357 1278 or email if you wouldl like to be added to the list.

Would you like some help to use your mobile phone, email, tablet or computer?

We are holding a “Technical Support Session” at the Eric Liddell Centre on Tuesday 26th February 2019 from 10.30-12.30pm

Mike Ellis from “Tap into IT” will be here to answer your questions and support you in learning the best ways for you to use your chosen technology.

Please get in touch if you would like to join us so that we know the numbers to expect.

You are welcome to contact to say if you have any particular queries / concerns, so that Mike can be well prepared.

Tea & coffee and biscuits will be provided.

Lunchtime concerts: 1st Monday of every month at 12.30pm.  Tickets £6 which includes a soup and sandwich lunch

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 Bryony Grisewood on 0131 357 1278 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 Bryony 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 Bryony Grisewood on 0131 357 1278 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.

Is there a topic you would like to see covered? Please let Bryony know. Live music/ creative activities / library / 1-2-1 help with information also available.

The latest talks are as follows:

Monday 11th February 2019 – Coffee and chat for carers at ELC. VOCAL will also be speaking about “Accessing Services”, and answering any questions you may have

Monday 11th March 2019 – Coffee and chat for carers at ELC. VOCAL will also be speaking about “Self Directed Support”, and answering any questions you may have

Monday 10th June 2019 – Coffee and chat for carers at ELC. VOCAL will also be speaking about “Coping with Anger”, and answering any questions you may have

Monday 12th August 2019 – Coffee and chat for carers at ELC. VOCAL will also be speaking about “Lifestyle Management Tools”, and answering any questions you may have

The latest trips are as follows:

Monday 18th February 2019 – Visit to The Scottish National Portrait Gallery for a “Highlights” guided tour. Bus leaves ELC at 1.15pm, or you can meet us there. Bus returns at 3.30pm.

Thursday 28th March 2019 -Visit to The Museum of Childhood. Bus leaves ELC at 10am, or you can meet us there. Bus returns at 1.00pm.

Thursday 9th May 2019 – Canal / Barge Trip from Ratho. Bus leaves from ELC at 10am, or you can meet us there. Bus returns around 2.30pm.

Monday 17th June 2019 – Trip to the Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh. Bus leaves ELC at 1.15pm. Bus returns at 3.45pm.

Thursday 25th July – Trip to Kailzie Gardens, Peebleshire. Bus leaves ELC at 10am. Bus leaves gardens at 2.30pm.

Thursday 12th September 2019 – Canal / Barge Trip from Ratho. Bus leaves from ELC at 10am, or you can meet us there. Bus returns around 2.30pm.

Call Bryony Grisewood on 0131 357 1278 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.

Skill sharing

Do you have any hobbies, skills or professional knowledge you would like to share with other carers in workshop sessions?  Perhaps nutritional advice, singing/music, or creative writing? Some of you have suggested this as an idea, so if you would like to discuss running (with support) any workshops,  please call or email Bryony on 0131 357 1278 (Mondays – Thursdays) or email to discuss.


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.

We are currently raising funds for this service as a matter of urgency due to an unsuccessful funding bid made to the Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board. Our appeal leaflet can be downloaded here and online donations can be made here.

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).


What is personal footcare?

“Personal footcare is important for everyone, but particularly for older people as good foot health can reduce pain or discomfort, improve confidence, quality of life and independence. Healthy feet can also help people to remain physically active, allowing them to get out and about in their local community and increase their energy levels and general zest for life. Importantly, neglecting personal footcare can contribute to falls, which might otherwise be avoided.”

Source: Scottish Executive White Paper 2013 on Personal Footcare

Can we treat people with diabetes?

“Yes, but Caring Soles Footcare can only provide toenail cutting & filing services for diabetic people whose diabetic foot risk level is Low or Moderate (but not to people of High risk level).  If you are diabetic you may not know which foot risk you are and you can find this out from your GP.  Your diabetic foot risk level is independent of your diabetes, so regardless of being Type 1 or Type 2 your foot risk level is not directly related to your diabetic type.”

How long is an appointment?

“First appointment – One hour.  Repeat appointment – 30 minutes”

How often do I need an appointment?

“On average every 8 to 12 weeks and this does differ depending on each person’s pair of feet”

Interested in becoming a Caring Soles Footcare Volunteer?

Pop into us at the centre, email Lisa Jennings, Caring Soles Footcare coordinator directly or call 0131 447 4520

You would be a great Foot Care Volunteer if any of these interest you:

  • Helping to deliver a vital service to people in a community setting
  • Gaining knowledge and application in good personal footcare
  • Providing support to many to be active on their feet and safe
  • Reducing social isolation and improving wellbeing
  • Building your confidence in health and care skills

An information leaflet on the service can be downloaded here.

 Caring Soles Footcare would like to thank the following: The Weir Trust, NHS Lothian Podiatry, Edinburgh Health & Social Care Partnership, The Ripple and Health All Round 


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.

The first phase of the South West Villages Project took place in 2017 and involved the mapping of existing services and activities along with consultation with local people to identify priorities and improvements for the future.

The second phase of the project will take place from June to December 2018 and aims to promote existing activities and support available in the area, make connections between organisations, groups and health and social care services, and to help source funding or develop new ideas where gaps have been identified. The project is underpinned by growing evidence on the impact that keeping connected has on your physical and mental wellbeing, whatever your age.

The ‘three villages’ are rich in community activities and support for older residents but face particular challenges due to their location and ageing population. The project is being led by the Eric Liddell Centre with funding from the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership. The Eric Liddell Centre provides services and resources for community groups including older people, people with dementia and carers across Edinburgh.

Caroline Clark, Development Officer for the South West Villages, is keen to hear from anyone who is interested in the project, has ideas for how to connect with isolated individuals, or suggestions for the future. Please contact Caroline on 0131 357 1277

Focus on volunteering

The South West Villages Project is working in Balerno, Currie and Juniper Green to address social isolation and loneliness amongst older people. The ‘three villages’ are rich in community activities and support for older residents but face particular challenges due to their location and ageing population. Many ‘city wide’ services that provide companionship and befriending are currently unable to support people in the villages as they struggle to recruit local volunteers and existing volunteers are reluctant to travel far. This need for volunteers is being promoted through local channels and groups, along with recruitment targeted at nearby student populations. Could you spare a little time to make a difference?