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.
Literally putting the "I" into Care, the Ca(I)re 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 Befriending service offers one to one support and aims to remove or lessen isolation experienced by carers and promote development of self confidence and self esteem. Carers are matched up with volunteer befrienders who usually meet up once a week for a minimum of one hour. What they do in that time depends on what the carer needs from the relationship, so this may involve joining in sports activities, going to an evening class, cinema or just sitting having a chat. Volunteers are trained and can offer support to carers during difficult times.
The service is free to access but carers will need to consider budgeting for activity that they decide to undertake whilst with the befriender. If you would like to find out more please contact Sally Sorrie on 0131 446 3317 or email Sally.
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 http://www.evoc.org.uk/partnership/loops/hdsp/.
We have a range of volunteering opportunities available in our services.