MP Visits Canalside in Wester Hailes

SNP MP for Edinburgh South West, Joanna Cherry QC, last week visited the Canalside day service where she met with staff, people who use the service and carers for a tour of the facility.

Canalside is a modern and welcoming day service for older people and people with dementia.  It is operated by Scottish social care provider Cornerstone. The charity has been operating for over 30 years, but only recently began to offer services in Edinburgh.

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.

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.

For people who are unable to attend the centre, an outreach service called ‘Canalside Connects’ is also available. The Canalside premises also operate as a base for Cornerstone’s new young adult carer support service, called ‘In Your Corner’.

Joanna commented, “I was delighted to be invited along to Cornerstone Canalside to see the important and valuable work they are doing within the local community.

“I thoroughly enjoyed talking with staff to hear about the innovative ways in which they are working to support older people and people with dementia. It was also great to speak with some of the individuals who use this service to hear first-hand the positive impact Cornerstone has made on their lives. I look forward to seeing the service develop further and continue to grow.”

Howard Elliott, Cornerstone’s Regional Director for the East of Scotland hosted the visit. He added:

“It is an exciting time for Cornerstone, as we expand into Edinburgh and the surrounding areas. We were very proud to show Joanna the fantastic work being done by the Cornerstone staff at Canalside and look forward to continuing to develop the service further so that we can support even more people in the community.” 

For more information about Cornerstone services in the Edinburgh area, please contact Cornerstone’s Operational Manager, Tracey Howell on 0131 458 9860

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