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.
In 2007 we set up our Befriending Service to support those who are more isolated and potentially vulnerable due to a disability, and who may benefit more from a 1-to-1 social dynamic than a group setting.
Now that we have passed our 10 year anniversary, we're looking to make 2018 our best year ever! If you enjoy meeting new people, having a laugh, making new friends and helping others, get in touch today to find out more about volunteering as a befriender!
10 years in numbers:
12,700+ hours of befriending visits
130+ befriending matches made
100+ volunteers trained and matched
100+ clients supported through befriending
Our befriending volunteers come from all walks of life, ranging widely in age, experience, interest and place of origin, and we are happy to have supported many people with physical disabilities into volunteering with us. Befriending volunteers are usually looking to try something new, to use their time constructively, or to give something back to a society that has supported them and their family.
Head over to our newly updated Opportunities page to find out about the kind of person you could be matched with.
Contact us on 0131 475 2344 or email@example.com to have an informal chat.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
JOB VACANCY - READING AND CREATIVE WRITING GROUP LEADER
We have a new job vancancy as a Group Leader at Ecas. Please see the document below or see our Vacancies page.
Deadline: 27th July 2018
AVAILABILITY IN SOME OF OUR ACTIVITIES - APPLY NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT...
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.