The Eric Liddell Centre has launched an urgent fundraising appeal for its popular Caring Soles Footcare Service, following an unsuccessful funding application to the Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board. The service, which was set up following discussions with NHS Lothian Podiatry in January 2017, now faces an uncertain future without financial support.
Caring Soles helps people with non-medical footcare support, while also responding to loneliness and social isolation. The service operates within the premises of the Edinburgh charity, in addition to satellite hubs in Gorgie/Dalry, Restalrig and Wester Hailes. Proposed plans to further expand the service into Craigmillar and other areas have been put on hold in light of the financial strain placed on the service.
It is hoped that a successful fundraising campaign will plug the significant gap in funding.
John MacMillan, Chief Executive of the Eric Liddell Centre said: “It’s highly unfortunate that the Caring Soles service is in this position. While it is understandable that public bodies can’t fund all requests for financial support, we’re nevertheless disappointed that this well-regarded service, with ambitions to grow and expand throughout Edinburgh, now finds itself struggling.
“The Eric Liddell Centre is committed to continuing our Caring Soles Service – we remain positive about the future and are in negotiations with other funding bodies who are interested in this area of work. This added to the support from our funding appeal will hopefully enable this important community service to remain operational.”