The Murrayfield Club – a ministry for people with Dementia and their families.
The Murrayfield Club is run in partnership with Murrayfield Churches Together (MCT) with support aid from the City of Edniburgh Council and Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation. We have a professional staff of six. This includes both support workers and a chef. The club welcomes the additional support of our dedicated team of volunteers from local churches and the community. Full training and support is provided to the volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch.
Established in 1990, the club has been uniquely and successfully developed for people, mainly over 65, who are frail elderly and/or with early stage Dementia. We provide a service that delivers enjoyable companionship, longer healthier life opportunities and relief for carers. The club is a non-registered day care service for people living in North West Edinburgh.
Our accessible day service provides person-centred activity sessions in partnership with members and their carers whose needs have been identified by our Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) trained staff.
Members' needs are intertwined with bespoke session that relate best to each individual. Knowledge of members built up over time ensures that the differing capacities are threaded into seasonally relevant, creative, thematic and therapeutic activity programmes aiding carers respite and support.
Since 1995 the underlying philosophy of the club’s day and outreach service is to create an environment in which members and their carers feel safe, comfortable and at ease.
This club meets three times weekly. Two sessions are focused on people with Dementia (max 10 at each session) and ten frail elderly on a Tuesday. In addition to the weekly meetings, an outreach worker provides home support and respite for family members.
The club is funded by a Local Authority grant and support from MCT (representing the three congregations), fund-raising events and occasional legacies. It is a registered charity, and the Board is elected at the AGM, with representatives from the churches and the users’ families. It is accountable to MCT although controlled independently by its own board of trustees.
Murrayfield Churches Together (MCT) member churches are:
- Church of the Good Shepherd (Scottish Episcopal Church)
- Murrayfield Parish Church (Church of Scotland)
- Saughtonhall United Reformed Church