Who we are


Mission Statement

To provide compassionate, individualised, supportive care services for older people living in Livingston and West Lothian delivering high standards for all especially clients with dementia, their carers and families.

Our History

Braid House was first established in 1980 in a house in Dedridge with a grant of £5000 from Lothian regional council. Clients were charged 50p for the service then. Clients were collected in a mini bus, provided with lunch which was cooked by the organisers and then after activities in the afternoon, clients returned home at 2pm. After 18 months in Dedridge the number of clients had increased to 36 and the house was no longer suitable. Another building became available near to the shopping centre and this was secured for the day centre through The Livingston Development Corporation so in March 1982 the day centre took on the name of Braid House in line with other buildings in the Dedridge area which were named after hills such as Lammermuir House and Pentland House. In 1984 Howden Health Centre moved to new premises at St Johns hospital and with the support of Lothian regional council and Livingston Development Corporation the old Howden Health Centre was renovated for Braid House Day Centre.

Who we are

Braid House Day Centre is a leading day care provider for Livingston and surrounding areas in West Lothian. We have grown over more than 30 years to become the largest day care centre in West Lothian and a highly valued resource. Our community provides us with significant support. Braid House is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status.

Our services improve life for our clients and those involved in their care. Clients remain our core focus and we will continue to strive to provide the highest quality of service and to satisfy the ever increasing demand. We will meet new challenges, continuing to invest in staff and volunteer training. Our services will be developed to ensure that we support older people to have as good a quality of life as possible by offering activities, learning opportunities and socialisation. We will support their physical and mental health, and well-being through a reduction in social isolation and engaging them in meaningful activity. We will engage older people in their local community by providing places in which to socialise, learn new skills or re-learn skills for daily living.

As a member of Optima, The Federation of Voluntary Sector Day Support Services in West Lothian, Braid House entered an agreed service contract with its partner and core-funder West Lothian Health and Social care Partnership (WELH & SCP).

We are registered with the Care Inspectorate and our Manager is registered with the Scottish Social Services Council.

We will shortly add more detail about our organisational structure to this page.

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