The Gateway Access Project
The Gateway Access Project will enable better access into the Eric Liddell Centre by disabled, frail and elderly people and mums and dads with pushchairs. It will also re-site the building's Reception and create a Coffee Corner.
July 2010 - July 2012
Charity information: Eric Liddell Centre
Access issues into the Centre. In particular, the number and the mobility issues of people using our day care service are far greater than originally envisaged. The number of activities for young families run here by other groups has increased as more young families have moved into the area. The number of disability groups using the centre has increased. Since we closed our large café facility and elderly lunch club there has been no safe space for frail elderly people or people.
We are proposing a seven stage project to address these issues whilst reducing the financial risk to the centre. These are phases A to G which can be completed independently as funding allows. Our initial priorities are phases A, C and D (new wheelchair ramp and reception area). A - New access ramp B - Meeting room specifically equipped for disability groups C - Public lobby, reception desk and coffee corner D - Removal of existing reception E - Internal ramp and new seating area.
Build a new access ramp.
Activities» We will build a new external wheelchair ramp and entrance steps to be less steep and cornered than the current one.
Success will be that more disabled and frail people will use the Centre. This has now been funded by the Castanza Trust.
Make a meeting room specifically equipped for disability groups.
Activities» We will develop the space formerly occupied by our community café into a meeting room for disability groups.
Success will be that new groups and more groups will use the Centre's facilities creating more income for the ELC. Still needing funding.
Improve the public lobby, re-site the Reception desk and create a Coffee Corner.
Activities» We will build a new Reception area and Coffee Corner close to the main entrance with heights appropriate for wheelchair users.
Success will be a better visitor experience on arrival. we will also sell far more coffees and cakes than we do currently - increasing income again. Funded by the PCG Trust.
North West tower seating area and internal ramp.
Activities» The original church doors that face onto the main road will be replaced with glass. Different floor levels mean a new disabled ramp will be built.
Success will be that people outside will be able to see into the building and more people will thus use our new Coffee Corner. Still needing funding.
Kitchen refit and potential future works.
Activities» We will refit the kitchen with new flooring and fittings to comply with current food hygiene regulation and replace the aged cooker.
Success will be meeting new Health & Safety requirements and vastly improving the look of our dilapidated kitchen. Funded by the Bank of Scotland Foundation and The Rank Foundat'n
By helping us with this project you will help us bring more people into this unique Centre who would otherwise find it difficult to get in here. You will increase these people's health, sociability and longevity, and reducing stress in the process.
We will demonstrate this success by running another User's Survey six month's on from the end of the project. We will also monitor increased bookings and footfall through the new doors.
There is a risk that funders may not come forward to support this project. We have dealt with this by putting in place a robust and detailed User's Survey that backs up our own thinking on access issues. We are also proposing a seven stage project to reduce the financial risk to the Centre and which can be completed independently as funding allows. Our initial priorities are phases A, C and D (new wheelchair ramp and reception area).
You will receive a monthly email report on the project detailing the ongoing and forthcoming activities, and any necessary changes that have been made to the project plans.
Budget - Project Cost: £241,946Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £48,129 Phase A New access ramp and electricly opening doors. £56,995 Phase B Meeting room specifically equipped for disability groups £41,769 Phase C Public lobby, reception desk and coffee corner. £58,979 Phase D North West Tower seating area and internal ramp. £12,472 Phase E East area storage and break-out space. £23,602 Phase G Kitchen refit and potential future works
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Castanza Trust (for Phase A) £48,129 Guaranteed PGC Trust (for Phase C) £41,769 Guaranteed Individual Donor's Donation £570 Guaranteed
The Eric Liddell Centre is a charity providing specialist caring services from a unique historic building in south central Edinburgh. Charitable status was granted in 1981, it was renamed as the Eric Liddell Centre in 1992 in memory of the Olympic gold medallist and missionary who was portrayed in the Oscar award-winning film “Chariots of Fire”. Eric Liddell studied in Edinburgh, and had a strong belief in service to his local community.
People with a diagnosis of dementia who use our Day Care Centre on the first floor on a daily basis. Carers attending our drop-in sessions and courses will also benefit. Other registered charities – we act as a hub for the voluntary sector in South Edinburgh. And finally the local community groups and associations that use the ELC for meetings and activities.
There is no other Centre with the size and capacity to do what we do in the area. We are also on major bus routes, so are easy to get to on public transport.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Ewan is our Fundraising Manager and comes with vast experience of fundraising gleaned over 16 years.
Bob is our Chief Executive. He has been with the charity for over 12 years and knows the organisation and building inside out.
Kenny is a Finance Manager. Thanks to him he has got us to a stage where 92p of every £1 that gets donated goes on our services.
“It has rekindled my desire to keep learning and to keep alive.”