About the Eric Liddell Centre
The Eric Liddell Centre has a proud history of enabling people within Edinburgh’s communities to engage with opportunities that support their wellbeing and social connections. We do this with compassionate social values as a continuation of the legacy of our namesake and sporting legend, Eric Liddell.
Over the 40 years, since the former Morningside North Parish Church building was turned into a vibrant community resource, the work within the centre and the wider communities has gone from strength to strength. We have developed the Eric Liddell Centre into a community hub and well-respected provider of a range of caring, social and recreational services for local people.
To Bring Edinburgh’s Communities Together.
To be at the heart of the community, enhancing health & wellbeing and improving people’s lives.
Being Inclusive By listening to our community’s needs.
By offering opportunities regardless of ability.
By combating social isolation.
Being Compassionate With respect, dignity and integrity.
With Welcoming environments.
With Person centred approaches.
Delivering ExcellenceIn the services we provide.
In our customers’ experiences.
In how we communicate our message.
Working in Partnership With our communities.
With the Third Sector.
With funders and regulators.
Challenges we’ll face
There are a variety of challenges ahead for the Eric Liddell Centre, in terms of sustaining funding for our service provision whilst maintaining the integrity of our building, to the increases in social isolation/loneliness in our communities and increased prevalence of people living with dementia.
Alzheimers Scotland reports that in 2017, 93,282 people were living with dementia in Scotland, of whom 7,647 lived in the City of Edinburgh, this is the second largest density of people living with dementia in Scotland with Glasgow taking the lead. This is likely to double in the next 25 years, due to an increasing older population. To support our informal carers and those living with dementia we need to consider what positive impact we can have on those affected.
Age UK have identified that loneliness and isolation are stark realities for around 100,000 older people living in Scotland today. However, as MP Jo Cox stated “young or old, loneliness does not discriminate” with widowed adults, people living alone, men over the age of 50 and those within the LGBTI communities at a highest risk of social isolation and reporting feelings of loneliness. 11% of adults in Scotland often feel lonely, and 38% feel lonely sometimes (Mental Health Foundation 2010)
Due to decreases in the funding from Local Authorities, there are more applications for continuation and gap funding from trusts and grants. So much so that the Institute of fundraisers reports that; 1 in 10 applications is successful, which is a huge drain on fundraising staff time, as 9 out of 10 applications, many of which can be long and onerous to complete, are unsuccessful.