The Eric Liddell Centre is proud to reach out to communities across Edinburgh- an example of this is the South West Villages Project
which ran from 2017-2019.
The project was developed to map and assess the various programmes and services available to older residents within the smaller, more isolated villages in the South West of Edinburgh – Juniper Green, Currie and Balerno.
The project took a community development approach, working with existing organisations and local people to identify issues and develop solutions for the future.
The South West Villages face particular challenges in terms of population and geography.
The population profile for the area shows a higher proportion of older people than the Edinburgh average which brings benefits such as a wealth of retired volunteers who support the many and varied activities and groups in the area.
However, it also means higher than average rates of isolation, hospitalisation and ill health.
A key gap identified by the project is the lack of befriending support available to reach the most isolated in their homes.
We are working with funders to support the development of befriending services for this area in the future.