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Welcome to Ecas, the voluntary organisation dedicated to giving friendly and practical help to physically disabled people.

To achieve this Ecas run a wide range of activities which include tai chi, swimming, computing, art, craft, music, yoga and a reading and writing group. Our grants fund is available to help assist individuals with increased costs associated with a physical disability. We also have our dynamic befriending service which helps provide social support to those who find themselves vulnerable and/or isolated due to a long term physical disability.

Our latest annual report is available to see some of the great things Ecas have been doing throughout the year. Pictured to the right is Art client Elaine, working on one of the many paintings she has produced in the last year.

This website has been designed as an easy-to-use guide to the charity, its work, its history and the people who make it tick. Use the links above to find out more about Ecas and then we hope that you will come and join us - as a client,
a volunteer or as a supporter.

Important Announcement

Relaunch of the Ecas Grants Fund

Ecas is pleased to announce a relaunch of the revised version of its popular Grants Fund scheme following its temporary suspension in October 2015.

The scheme will continue to provide financial support to people of all ages with physical disabilities living in the Edinburgh and the Lothians. However your attention is drawn to the modified criteria and changes to the levels of grants that can now be considered.

For further information and guidance, please see our ‘Grants’ section on this website.

Video: What Ecas has done for me

Over the last year volunteer students from Edinburgh Napier University documented some of the great work that goes on at Ecas, speaking to activities participants, befriending clients and volunteers, and activity group leaders. In this new video, they answer the question: what has Ecas done for you?

Ecas supports adults with physical disabilities living in Edinburgh by running accessible activity groups across the city and by providing a free befriending service for those who may be isolated due to their condition.

If you are interested in getting involved with Ecas, whether that's by volunteering as a befriender or board member, joining an activity group, or being referred for befriending, please call 0131 475 2344 or email

Befriending Service - Volunteer Training coming soon!

Do you enjoy meeting new people, having a laugh, making new friends and helping others?

Now is the perfect time to volunteer with our Befriending Service! We are planning our next Volunteer Training sessions and would love to hear from you.


You could help make a difference to a physically disabled adult by befriending them on a one-to-one basis. We offer training, lots of support and the opportunity to be part of something positive and fun. Find out more about Befriending.

Contact us now to find out how to become a befriender and make a difference in your community!

Please call Ally or Sam for an informal chat on 0131 475 2344 or email  We look forward to hearing from you!



Ecas activities are for physically disabled adults in the Edinburgh area and are all fun, friendly and led by trained staff! The groups are very social with the tea and biscuits almost as important as the activity itself...

Spaces are available in the following activities:

Art, craft and computing, check the individual pages for further details or phone Janice on 0131 475 2344.

Ecas Tea Towels

The Ecas linen Tea Towel (A - Z design by a member of Art 3) is available for £5.50 or 2 for £10. An ideal gift for Mothers Day or a Birthday!