By Georgia
on Mon 31 Jul 2017

Introducing Stephanie Wilks – Amazing Events Organiser


Stephanie WilksFor almost a year Stephanie has been at the core of the Vintage Vibes team, managing all sorts of wonderful events and getting to grips with fundraising campaigns! Each week she brings rays of positivy to our little office and her hard work is all the more impressive as she comes all the way from Glasgow to volunteer. Steph, you are a fabulous human and we are lucky to have you! Thank you.

Here’s Steph’s story…

“Having graduated from Edinburgh Napier University in Festival and Event Management, and homed my skills during my time at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, I came to Vintage Vibes to put my skills in events to good use. I volunteer one day a week in the Vintage Vibes office, organising events for the charity, while listening to playlists on spotify and eating sweets.

Whilst working with them, I have planned/promoted/ran the Vintage Vibes Christmas event and Vintage Vibes First Anniversary event for influencers, as well as supporting numerous other events in the year. This has included securing venues, collating guest lists, composing blog posts, using my graphics skills to design posters and invites and more. Our anniversary event was particularly successful and gained me a special mention amongst other volunteers and a bunch of flowers for all my hard work.

I thought the Vintage Vibes might be for me as they work to tackle isolation in the over 60’s. Having been unwell in the past, the thought of being lonely in that situation is frightening to me but that is the reality for some would be VIP’s. And so, if throwing parties can help to combat that, I am very happy to do so. I feel like volunteering, and caring those in a less fortunate situation is an important factor in life, not to mention all the positive karma that comes from helping others.”

Steph :)

Interested in Volunteering with the Vintage Vibes team? Email for more information.

Join Us: Are you our new Service Co-ordinator?

By Georgia
on Fri 7 Jul 2017


Vintage Vibes is a partnership between two Edinburgh charities: LifeCare and The Broomhouse Centre.

We are looking for a fantastic, friendly new full-time Vintage Vibes Service Co-ordinator for a maternity cover contract with the Broomhouse Centre.

Term: 12 months temporary contract

Start Date: As soon as possible

The Service Co-ordinator at Broomhouse Centre will work in tandem with the Service Co-ordinator at LifeCare, as well as other officers and volunteers to deliver our quality and personalised service. You will co-ordinate and supervise the provision of the Service through the recruitment, management and training of volunteers.

The successful applicant for this position will have experience of:

  • Supervision or co-ordination of the delivery of care, support or community services for over 60s, people with dementia or similar in different settings such as at home or in the community
  • Working with volunteers and be confident in recruiting, managing and motivating them
  • Carrying out quality practice and will be committed to the values and innovative practice of Vintage Vibes

This position is funded by the Big Lottery fund.

Location: Broomhouse Centre & Enterprises, 79 Broomhouse Crescent, Edinburgh, EH11 3RH


To find the full job description, personal specification and application forms please visit Good Moves by clicking here.


Join Us: Portobello Beach Busk 2017

By Georgia
on Sat 13 May 2017

Portobello Beach Busk Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the loneliest city in the UK for older people.

You and your talents can help us change that!

We’re looking for singers, dancers and musicians to join us for a day of making music and celebrating life at any age at Portobello Beach Busk on Saturday 26th August.

To find out more or sign up click here or email Georgia at

Vacancy: Group Events Administrator

By Georgia
on Tue 9 May 2017

Group Event Administrator Volunteer

Vacancy: Group Event Administrator

Rate of pay: £19574 pro-rata

Length: 6 month (26 week) contract, 3 days p/w at 7 hours per day

Thursdays required in office. Additional two days can be from home/flexible.


Vintage Vibes, a charitable partnership between The Broomhouse Centre and Enterprises and LifeCare Edinburgh puts together people over 60, with shared interests, to tackle isolation and loneliness by creating long-lasting friendships.

In 2017, Vintage Vibes has been awarded funding by South Central Neighbourhood Partnership, South West Neighbourhood Partnership and Liberton and Gilmerton Neighbourhood Partnership to set up new meet-ups in South Edinburgh.

Vintage Vibes has a fresh approach to creating friendships based on sharing common interests and these new meet-ups will allow over 60s in the area to meet, socialise and share their interests in a group setting. We are looking for a part time Group Event Administrator to organise these activities during a six month period.


Role Description

Your aim is to set up and administer 4 friendship group meet-ups across three Neighbourhood Partnership areas – South Central, South West and Liberton & Gilmerton for over 60s and volunteers. These would be fortnightly meetups of 8-10 people focused on enjoying shared interests and increasing social connectivity for those who are socially isolated and lonely.

This role includes approx. 14 hours p/w organising volunteers, venues, transport, catering and activities as well as communicating with VIPs (over 60s) and next of kin and attending the group events. In addition, the role includes 7 hours p/w administrative support for volunteer and VIP processing; including database inputting and communications support.


For a full job description including Core Duties and Requirements please click here: Vintage Vibes Information Pack



Application Process

Send CV and covering letter to by 12noon Monday 22nd May 2017

For more information on Vintage Vibes go to

Any questions please contact Emily on 0131 455 7731 and


Support Us: Edinburgh Dog Jog 2017

By Georgia
on Fri 5 May 2017

Sunday 30th July 2017

Edinburgh is the loneliest city in the UK for older people.

You and your best friend can help us change that.

Join us on the 5K Dog Jog on Sunday 30th July at Holyrood Park in support of Vintage Vibes and help us tackle loneliness in over 60s with friendships.

To find out more or sign up click here.

THANK YOU: Georgia Burnside

By Georgia
on Tue 2 May 2017

Introducing Georgia Burnside – Researcher and Creative Whizz

Georgia Burnside Edinburgh

For the past six month Georgia has been an invaluable member of the team at Vintage Vibes, volunteering her time to help us discover the impact of Vintage Vibes on our VIPs. She has then worked tirelessly to turn this into creative campaigns across the city.


Gee, you are amazing and we love everything you have done for us so far! Thank you.

Here’s Georgia’s story…

“During my time volunteering for Vintage Vibes, I have carried out a research project consisting of a set of informal interview questions which I have been discussing with VIPs (over 60s) via phone call or home visits. The questions highlighted three outcome areas and discussed how helpful volunteers are, and various activities that VIPs are getting to do with their volunteer.

In connection to my final year university studies at Edinburgh Napier University (BDes HONS – Graphic Design), being given the opportunity to gain hands-on research experience with Vintage Vibes has been a highly beneficial and stimulating part of my project. I chose to focus my Major Project topic on loneliness and social isolation due to this being a highly current and culturally relevant issue. I decided to transform this issue in to a creative awareness project using my first hand research as a starting point.

I have created a campaign titled “Only the Lonely” consisting of a large loneliness box which has been taken out into several public spaces across Edinburgh. The aim of this was to allow people to step inside and experience what it feels like to be isolated within a large crowd of people, highlighting the fact that you don’t have to be alone to be lonely and that a lot of loneliness is totally invisible.

My campaign has expanded in to several other creative pieces including a poster series, a typographic book and a short film.”

Interested in Volunteering with the Vintage Vibes team? Email for more information.

Office Volunteering Opportunities – Updated

By Georgia
on Tue 11 Apr 2017

The Vintage Vibes office is a really friendly, fun place to get experience or spend a few hours a week doing good.

We’re always looking for wonderful people to help – and rather than give you boring admin, we always try to work with you on a project you will feel passionate about.

Here are the current volunteering roles available for our upcoming projects:

Spreading the Word SuperStar

This is a role that is all about finding and telling interesting stories. We need someone who will help us find great stories about our VIPs, our volunteers and also about issues surrounding isolation and dementia.

You’ll also be finding interesting and valuable information to create tips and tricks for our volunteers – such as free things to do with VIPs in the city. You’ll be pulling together blog posts, social media content and even potentially videos – all to help inspire Edinburgh to make a difference.



Volunteers are the most important part of Vintage Vibes and we want to make sure our matched volunteers all feel supported. This role can be done from the office or at home as we will give you a group of volunteers local to you.

This role is about organising volunteer get-togethers, catch ups and making sure that all volunteers feel happy and supported :-)


This is all about getting students from the different local universities, or your own university if you’re a student, excited about Vintage Vibes and encouraging them to do fun and wacky things to fundraise.

It might be helping them get involved in challenge events (we have a bouncy castle 5K race coming up!), or club nights or bake sales, all sorts. It’s about developing relationships and keeping everyone enthusiastic 😊


We are about to set up groups so that VIPs can meet up in the South of Edinburgh. This role would be to support our new coordinator in setting up the events, contacting our VIPs, promoting the events etc.

Office Saviour

Last but not least is our Office Saviour role. This is perfect for someone who loves a good list and gets satisfaction from getting the every day tasks done.

Vintage Vibes is only a wee organisation, and sometimes to make a real difference to lonely VIPs we have to get very practical things done like updating our database, organising mail outs and booking venues. Yes, it doesn’t sound as glamourous as some of the other roles, but for an organisation-addict this role is perfect – and is essential to helping us do what we do.


Do you think you could commit some time to volunteer with Vintage Vibes? We’re looking for friendly folks who can volunteer on a regular basis – but to suit you.

It could be a day a week (amazing!), half a day a week (whoop!), or just a couple of hours a fortnight (just as amazing!). Any time you can give is appreciated – even as a one off.

We’ll help you plan out your project, give you copious amounts of tea, and work with you to ensure that you develop all the skills you need! We’re also great at giving references to those who help us, so we can help your CV look amazing if that’s what you need.

Oh, and did we mention you get your travel and food paid for? That includes a scrumptious lunch in our cafe every time you volunteer.


Email with a short paragraph introducing yourself, a little bit about you and what you are interested in.

We look forward to hearing from you. xx

Bouncy Castle Obstacle Course!

By Georgia
on Thu 9 Feb 2017

We have a wonderful group of Edinburgh University students who want to run the 5K bouncy castle obstacle course called Gung-Ho! to raise money for Vintage Vibes.

When: Saturday 13th May
Where: The Meadows

As it looks like such an awesome thing to do, we thought we’d see if anyone else was keen to get involved to support Vintage Vibes?

Whether colleagues, volunteers, friends or family – Vintage Vibes would pay for your place and there’d be a minimum sponsorship requirement, or you can pay for your own place and just come along for a giggle.  

More information at: 
Email for more information

Want to be a Volunteer Supporter?

By Georgia
on Thu 22 Dec 2016

New Volunteer Role: Mentors/Supporters

Email BannerAlmost a year since our launch, Vintage Vibes has a wonderful bunch of volunteers. But now we’re advertising a new role for some lovely people to get their teeth into – being a Volunteer Mentor/Supporter.

Purpose of the role:

The purpose of a ‘Supporter’ is to provide extra help to a maximum of 5 volunteers who go out on visits by catching up with them over a cuppa every 6 months, helping to train volunteers and inspiring them with ideas to make their visits fun.


Vintage Vibes takes place on weekdays, however we would hope a ‘supporter’ could be available on a Thursday afternoon to spend the time in the LifeCare Office in Stockbridge.

As the nature of the volunteering role is to develop a relationship with other volunteers, it is hoped that ‘supporters’ can commit to volunteering for at least 12 months.

Interested in finding out more?

If you would like to have a look at a role description and get further information, email us on and we will contact you in January when the office opens again.

Volunteers Christmas Party

By Georgia
on Tue 15 Nov 2016

The season to be jolly is fast approaching, and with it comes Vintage Vibes’ volunteer Christmas party.

To thank you for your amazing contribution over the year, we’d like you to come along to the LifeCare Centre, Cheyne Street, on Wednesday 14th December, 19:30 – 22:00, for an evening of festive fun and merriment.

If you have any suggestions for what you’d like to see, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at  and please RSVP the Facebook event at*

Look forward to your invites arriving soon and we hope to see you there!


*If you have not joined the Vintage Vibes Volunteers group, please let us know and we can add you.


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