Eric Liddell Day Care Services

While we offer many programmes to our wider community, we are at the core, a care charity. Our qualified Day Care staff and highly trained volunteers provide person-centred care to some of Edinburgh’s most vulnerable people. This service not only helps reduce the isolation and stigma of the person living with dementia, but also provides an essential break for their carers. This vital respite helps to promote independent living and to sustain families living together longer within their community.

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 more information about the service at

During their day, they enjoy art classes, iPad sessions, appropriate fitness activities, reminiscence activities, music, dance and a tasty, nutritious, homemade lunch and snacks prepared by our chef and associate nutritionist. These group activities foster friendships as well as keeping clients minds and bodies active.

As part of our Day Care service, we have introduced a Multi-Sensory Room, which has a calming effect for people with dementia. Originally from the Netherlands, multi-sensory therapy (sometimes referred to as ‘Snoezelen’) consists of gentle uses of light and sound to stimulate senses and engage the invididual in a relaxing and non-clinical environment free from pressures and expectations.

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 has the opportunity to learn how to use iPads and grow more confident with technology
  • iPads be used to aid access to important services such as email and Skype, as well as part of activities such as activities such as, art, music, languages and word games
  • 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 which 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.

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, enjoy their day and look forward to coming back.

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”