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In line with Government advice, most groups and organisations in the city have had to take the unfortunate decision to suspend face to face and group work activities. Please telephone or email the contacts listed for the group or organisation if you are interested in their work to check what alternative arrangements might be available or to find out about alternative groups or services in your area.

Our Day Care service at Canalside offers a specialist service for older people from the local area with a diagnosis of dementia. It provides care for older people and people with dementia who are assessed as needing a service, in the south west of the city.

The Canalside Centre offers older adults the opportunity to get out of the house and meet others and make friends. The group offers support, friendship, a variety of social activities and a hot lunch.

It is a registered day care service for people who are 65 years or over. The project offers older adults the opportunity to socialise and to have fun through a variety of activities held each day.

Cultural Needs:
A wide range of cultural needs and special diets are catered for where possible.

Breakfast is tea/coffee & toast, two course lunch and tea/coffee and biscuits are served throughout the day.

Transport to and from venue is provided for all service users.

Recreational activities:
Activities include; arts & crafts, games, quizzes, entertainment, pool, reminiscence, painting etc. Special events and outing are also arranged for throughout the year.

The Canalside building, situated in Wester Hailes, is designed to be dementia-friendly and provides a range of functional spaces for both activity and rest. The service provides support to people in the area and also from neighbouring areas, extending as far west as Balerno. Canalside currently supports up to 80 people a week and this will soon be extended to providing support 365 days a year.

It is a spacious venue overlooking the canal at Wester Hailes. The building is new and purpose built. It has a large lounge and dining area that has access to a balcony. There is a small room where people can spend time quietly and a craft area. Based in a purpose built development in Wester Hailes, a huge choice of activities are offered, along with meals, snacks and transport. Be it a trip out, support with activities or just a blether, our highly trained staff will support you to do what you want to do with your day. Our users can decide what activities they want to do each day whether it is craft work, painting, playing pool or taking part in quizzes. It’s a very relaxed environment which creates an atmosphere of companionship and inclusion.

At Canalside older people who have physical or mental health needs meet with other older people and take part in activities which help them to maintain their independence and also give their carers a short break.

The centre offers a lively, welcoming atmosphere in their local community, while helping them remain in the security of their own homes.

The service also provides much needed respite care for family members who can now have some time to themselves whilst knowing their relatives are being well looked after.

Through the service, Cornerstone aims to support people to regain daily living skills and help them to develop the confidence to carry out these activities for themselves, in order to enable them to continue to live at home. Highly trained staff at the service also provide a range of ‘cognitive stimulation’ therapies, which include the use of art and music.
Days and Times
Monday 9.30am - 3pm
Tuesday 9.30am - 3pm
Wednesday 9.30am - 3pm
Thursday 9.30am - 3pm
Friday 9.30am - 3pm
26 Hailesland Place, Wester Hailes
EH14 2SL

South West 
Contact Details
Contact Person: Tracey Howell
Contact Telephone: 0131 458 9860

This record was last modified on: 09 February 2016