Eric Liddell Day Care Services

A dedicated team of highly qualified staff and experienced and skilled volunteers provide person-centred day care service to people with a diagnosis of dementia.

The service is registered with the Care Inspectorate since 2007 and was last inspected in June 2016.

You can view the report and find out other information on the Day Care Service at
The service is partly funded by the City of Edinburgh Council, client contributions and other sources of donations. It operates 5 days per week and provides 14 places per day, 70 places per week 50 weeks per year to people with a diagnosis of dementia from the designated catchment areas surrounding the center.

The aim of the service is to support people to remain in their own homes for as long as possible by

  • Reducing social isolation
  • Promoting independence
  • Helping to provide a structure to their week
  • Providing regular respite for carers and enabling them to carry out their role for longer

Referrals are received through Social Care Direct Tel: 0131 200-2324

Funding: Eric Liddell Day Care Service is partly funded by City of Edinburgh Council Health and Social Care department.

Other means of funding comes from charitable trusts, companies, and the general public. If you would like to help please see our fundraising page.

We can do I.T. too

  •  Everyone using our service can engage with IPads at some level be flexible and keep smiling!
  • An IPad can be a flexible tool that can be used either as an activity or as part of other activities such as, art, music, languages and word games, quizzes, skype, email and photography.
  • Involvement in a group gives structure to a day or a week and is a valuable opportunity to interact with each other and can be an important avenue for sharing information.
  • Reminiscence is an established technique it involves the discussion of past activities events and experiences. Objects photographs and music are often used to encourage people with dementia to talk about their past. Using IPad and the Internet are very useful for reminiscence because the sessions are tailored to each individual and allows for a variety of prompts including text, sound, image and video.

Service user comments

“I love attending and seeing familiar faces”

“C’est un endroit charmant” (This is a lovely place)

“We have so much fun here”

“They are such lovely people”

“Its my favourite day of the week”

“I never thought I would just go for a walk again”

“I am doing a lot of new things like computers”

Activity Programme

A daily programme of person centred activities and outings aimed to encourage interaction amongst clients to promote skills and accommodate individual choice and interests.

Our main aim is for clients to feel relaxed in an enriching safe environment and to very much enjoy their day and look forward to coming back.

Care to Sing?

Our community singing group is a six-month pilot project that has been funded by South Central Neighbourhood Partnership the group begins on Friday 11th November 2016.

The aim of the sessions is to use music and song to bring people together in a relaxed and friendly environment. Singing is not only fun, it can provide a way for people to relax and express themselves.

A great opportunity for local people and people with dementia and their carer to interact and have a chat over a cuppa and song.

If you would like to join the singing group or inquire about future dates then please contact- Caroline Heenan or Erica Hinde Tel-0131 446 3303 or email

Multi Sensory Room

  • Our new and exciting project was funded by HSBC Bank, work is due to begin soon
  • Multi-Sensory therapy is relatively a new activity which gives clients an experience of a range of patterned visual, auditory, olfactory and tactile stimuli
  • Multi-Sensory environments optimize the effects of projected light and can have a very enjoyable, calming, relaxing and stimulating effect for people with dementia
  • Its aim is to provide a non-directive, failure free, enabling, rapport building space. In which, there are no expectations for performance
  • Other community groups are welcome to utilize this room please contact (Day Care Manager) Caroline Heenan Tel 0131 446 3303 or for further information

Carers Comments

  • “On a Monday night I know I don’t need to worry as he is at the day centre on Tuesday”

  • “I can walk away from his illness for a few hours and know he is safe”

  • “I am amazed how well he is doing and how much he looks forward to going”

  • “The staff have become friends like family they are always smiling and very helpful”

  • “I couldn’t look after my Mother if she didn’t have her Day Care”

  • “I can always count on the staff to give me information about dementia”