Eric Liddell Befriending for Carers
The Eric Liddell Centre was awarded £84,000 in October 2015 to run until September 2020.
This project delivers a befriending service for carers of people with dementia in Edinburgh. Life Changes Trust funding has allowed the Eric Liddell centre to use the expertise they already have with supporting carers to create a service to reach out to new carers of people with dementia, with the help of trained volunteer befrienders.
The befriending project offers carers the opportunity to have a break from their caring role on a friendly and informal basis, addressing the individual carer’s needs and offering appropriate levels of support.
This service has the long term goal to remove or lessen the isolation and loneliness experienced by carers and to promote the development of confidence and self-esteem common amongst carers, enabling them to live independently in the community and carry on caring with confidence. This can also be enormously beneficial to their health and well-being.
By meeting regularly with their befriender, and attending or trying new activities or places, carers can identify what increases their sense of well-being. The befriending service supports carers by helping to identify what they would like to achieve and to reach that goal, helping them access opportunities for group activities, giving them choice and control and helping them increase their confidence and self-esteem through one to one support.