Befriending for carers (Eric Liddel Centre)

Availability : Edinburgh Wide

Who is this for?

  • Unpaid carers

Who provides this?

  • Eric Liddel Centre


The Eric Liddell Centre operates a befriending project specifically for carers. Befriending aims to provide a social outlet and a break from your caring responsibilities.

You can meet a befriender (who are trained volunteers) for a coffee, try a new interest or simply get out of the house to explore your local area.

This service is operating in alignment with current Covid-19 guidance. Befriending matches can meet in person in public places, or they can connect virtually/over the phone depending on personal comfort.

It is a supportive and informal service. You will be ‘matched’ with a befriender, taking both your interests, hobbies and lifestyle into account.

Befriending can fit around your life, giving you the flexibility that suits you.

How do I access this?

  • Self-referrals
  • Referrals by third parties

Is there a cost?


Is there a waiting list?


Location information

  • Public parking available
  • Wheelchair access

ELC is currently closed because of COVID-19. The support is currently provided remotely, by phone and digitally.

Opening times

Any time that is suitable for you and your befriender.

Contact Details

Dorothy Terhune
15 Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10 4DP

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Type of support on offer:

Support in person
Support on the phone


Black and minority ethnic communities
Learning, employability, volunteering
Loneliness/isolated groups
Long term conditions/disabilities
Older people
Social groups
Young people

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