Caring Souls Project - Eric Liddell Centre

The Trust has supported the highly praised Caring Souls project under its discretionary fund with an award of £24,000. This has allowed a new and additional satellite hub in Wester Hailes as the care charity looks to improve lives across the capital.

Caring Souls Project - Eric Liddell Centre

The service, which has twice been commended in motions at the Scottish Parliament, aims to tackle social isolation among the elderly by providing basic personal footcare treatment.

With guidance from NHS Lothian Podiatry, training in basic footcare is given to Caring Soles volunteers and they are supported by the Eric Liddell Centre to deliver the service.  Caring Soles provides low cost volunteer-led basic footcare to people who struggle to maintain this independently. There is also a huge social engagement factor to delivering this service in the community, with service users & volunteers enjoying important social contact during appointments which makes an impact on social isolation and loneliness.

Since launching last year, the service, initially based in the south of Edinburgh, has spread across the city. This has happened following the development of satellite hubs in Restalrig at the Ripple Project and in Gorgie/Dalry at St Martin’s Community Resource Centre. The service is entirely led by volunteers who are trained by podiatry professionals from NHS Lothian. The addition of Wester Hailes completes an exciting first year for Caring Soles.

Eric Liddell Centre CEO, John MacMillan said: “We are absolutely over the moon that the Caring Soles service has been so well received in its first year. We are especially proud of feedback which notes the impact the project is having on social isolation and loneliness among elderly residents.

“With the amazing support of the Weir Charitable Trust, we will be able to deliver this service to the community of Wester Hailes.