Beacon Club

(dementia day care service)

The Beacon Club offers day care to older people with dementia.

The club aims to improve the quality of life for people with what is often a socially isolating condition, as well as support them to continue to live in their own homes for as long as possible.

The club helps to monitor problems which may arise throughout the course of the illness and offers advice to clients and carers on where to go for help. Staff keep up links with other caring organisations.

  • Mondays & Thursdays, Broomhouse Centre / Wednesdays, Juniper Green; All the groups are small, offering only 9 or 10 places per day
  • Refreshments on arrival, choice of hot meals at lunchtime, & blend of activities & outings, according to their preferences, abilities & needs
  • Transport is provided with a trained escort, to & from the club
  • The club aims to improve the quality of life for people with what can be a socially isolating condition, as well as supporting them to live in their own homes for as long as possible
  • Members make a small contribution to the weekly costs;
  • Break for Carers while clients are at the club.
  • Referrals: from relatives/friends/ professionals

Beacon Club Information Postcard

Singing Group for People with Dementia and their Carers

The aim of the group is to provide a safe, friendly, relaxed and stimulating environment for people with Dementia and their Carers to spend time in, to socialise and to sing with the emphasis on enjoyment and fun. It is also an opportunity to meet others, have a chat and enjoy a cuppa.

Come and join us on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month

Where: Gorgie Dalry Stenhouse Church, (Formerly known as St Aidan’s Church) Edgar Hall, Gorgie Road Edinburgh EH14 1TA)

Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm

How to find us: Gorgie Dalry Stenhouse Church is situated on the corner of Gorgie Road and Chesser Avenue.

For more information contact Nancy Bryson on Mobile 07715 208 477 or email


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Past activities have included outings to places like the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh, the Water of Leith Heritage Centre and trips on a Seagull Trust barge on the Union Canal. We have worked with clients individually to help them tell the story of their lives in their personal “Life Story” book. Periodically the group undertakes an arts project such as making a colourful and inventive display for the wall. Each year, those who like gardening plant up the raised tubs in front of the Centre with bedding plants.

Volunteer with us

The club is run by two part-time staff members and a team of volunteers. Volunteers can gain  valuable  experience of working with older people in a supportive environment. The volunteering role can enable  personal satisfaction from helping others, provide the opportunity to gain new friends and for  some it can be a stepping stone to a career in care.  We welcome inquiries from anyone interested in volunteering with us.  Please contact Nancy Bryson on 0131 455 7731 if you would like to find out more or are interested in joining us.

How to make a referral

Anyone can make a referral so if you care for someone elderly with dementia who would like to come along please get in touch. Referrals are also received from Health and Social Care Department, G.P. Surgeries, Health Professionals, Hospitals and other relevant agencies or individuals. For further information contact the Project Manager on 0131 455 7731.

The Beacon Club was founded in 1994 and has been funded by a variety of funders over the years.

What the Beacon Club Clients Say

Club members have commented,

“It gets you out for the day and you meet other people.”

“Everyone is very friendly and welcoming.”

Carers have commented:

“My mother loves the club and I can’t thank you enough for the lift in her life you have given her.”

“Staff always make time to listen to the carer.”

Contacting Us

To start with, please contact Nancy Bryson, the Project Manager, on 07715 208 477 or email: