AN EXCITING UPDATE ABOUT OUR CHRISTMAS PROJECT:
Thank you to everyone who has been involved in the Cosy Christmas campaign so far! We’ve been overwhelmed by the response and have some exciting news to share…
This Christmas season, two in five over 60 year old’s will have the television as their main form of company.
The good news is that Vintage Vibes is on a quest to reconnect older people who are experiencing loneliness and isolation with their local community, new friendships and wider society.
But we also need YOU!
This year, a number of our VIPs (lonely over 60s) and those on our waiting list will be alone around Christmas.
With your help, we can make their lives brighter and cosier.
In collaboration with Edinburgh born Gail Porter, we’re asking you to send a FREE Vintage Vibes Christmas Card to someone experiencing loneliness this festive season.
Note: You will be charged the normal text rate for your text. Contact your provider for details.
We will send you one of our Christmas packs including a profile of a VIP, a blank Christmas card and a FREE POST envelope to send it back to us.
Write a friendly message to one of our fabulous VIPs which we will include a profile of in the pack we send you. Visit our FAQ page here for more information.
Send your card back in the enclosed free-post envelope or drop it off at Cuckoo’s Bakery at 116 Bruntsfield Place or 150 Dundas Steet and that’s it! Hurrah!
To find out more go to vintagevibes.org.uk/Christmas or follow the hashtag #VVCosyChristmas
VINTAGE VOCALS: EDINBURGH’S NEWEST SINGING GROUP
We are delighted to announce the launch of the newest singing group in Edinburgh, Vintage Vocals!
Meet new friends and rediscover beautiful music through the decades in a fun, relaxed setting.
Our fortnightly group starts on Friday 10th November 10.15 – 12.00 at Edinburgh’s Methodist Church, Nicholson Square EH8 9BX.
Vintage Vibes is a charitable partnership that tackles loneliness by creating much-needed friendships between VIP’s (over 60’s) and local folks. This venture is funded by Neighbourhood Partnerships, and we aim to offer older people ways to connect in order to help improve their health and mental well-being.
Vintage Vocals singing group will cover music through the ages and provide an opportunity for those who may be socially isolated to meet with younger people and try something new. Volunteers of all ages will offer support and encouragement too! No previous experience necessary.
Suggested donation for participating is £3.00, with the first session being free!
GET IN TOUCH:
To book a free taster please contact Julie: 07738 846 289 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We asked Squeak the Scottie dog to tell us all about visiting her VIP Jessie…
SQUEAK’S GUIDE TO A VIP VISIT:
“I visit my VIP on the same day every week & I know exactly where I am going when my owner puts me in the car. I am excited as we near her house and look out of the window in anticipation of the car stopping.
I hurriedly pull my owner towards the door and sit impatiently for the front door to open. When my VIP opens the door I rush in and have a good smell to see who’s been there since our last visit. My VIP is very happy to see me and gives me lots of tummy scratches and smiles. I roll about the floor and give her kisses as I like it when she is happy.
If the weather is nice we go for a small walk and I like to stick close to my VIP. She always laughs when I do silly tricks and if I’m good she gives me a sneaky rich tea biscuit when my owner isn’t looking. I am always sad to leave as I like to snuggle at my VIP’s feet but I know that I’ll get to come back next week! My VIP waves to us as we go and I always give her a bark goodbye.”
Danielle (mum of Squeak!)
Squeak enjoys her visits with our VIP and it’s amazing how she remembers where we are going. Our VIP is always excited to see us. Squeak likes to show off her tricks and I love to hear our VIP giggle and shine when we are there. I don’t let on about the cheeky rich tea biscuits as I like how bonded they are becoming. I am glad that Squeak is able to enjoy making a friendship just as much as I am!
Could you and your dog volunteer to visit a VIP each week? Email email@example.com for more information
LAUNCH OF EDINBURGH EVENTS CHALLENGE
Do you have an idea for an amazing event?
Could you turn £150 or £500 into something really incredible?
Would ‘Events Champion Award 2017 Winner’ look good on your CV?
Do you want to have fun and help a great local cause?
Why not get involved in the Edinburgh Events Challenge?
- Tell us your fantastic event idea
- If your idea is selected, you will be given a budget and the support to make your event a fantastic reality.
- The team/person that raises the most to tackle loneliness in over 60s in Edinburgh wins the ‘Events Champion 2017 Award’ and £150 prize money. Amazing!
Edinburgh is the loneliest city in the UK for older people, with 11,000 being always or often alone.
All funds raised will go towards Vintage Vibes – a local project tackling loneliness in over 60s across the city (but don’t worry, events don’t have to be vintage themed or catering to over 60s).
The Edinburgh Events Challenge is open to everyone! But, if you’re a student there’s a chance you can access an extra £350 budget through our collaboration with the Edinburgh Students Charities Appeal – making your total budget £500! Yay!
Monday 23rd October at noon.
Inspiring, Individual, Incredible Grandparents – YOUR STORIES
Back in September, we joined up with Generations Working Together to share our favourite stories about our grandparents.
We invited our followers to join in on the hashtag #gwtstories and we’re so glad we did. Reading your stories about your funny, generous, clever and fearless grandparents certainly brightened up our office and made us chuckle.
Because we want to spread the joy, we’ve gathered a selection of stories here about the wonderful grandparents who have shaped our followers’ lives and inspired them in a whole host of different ways.
Richard remembers his grandad’s house ‘as a place of stories, curiosity and imagination, where there was always something new to see and learn about; some weird and wonderful object or fact that he’d collected to share with me’. Now he is a father, he loves sharing facts and magic tricks with his own son and wonders if his grandad got as much enjoyment from it as he does now. As he says, ‘Then I remember the mischievous sparkle in his eye, and I know for sure that he did.’
From Richard Croasdale, via Facebook
Danielle’s nana was a seamstress and Danielle remembers watching in awe as she created ‘the most wonderful wedding dresses’. She shared her gifts with her granddaughter: teaching her how to make pillowcases and making outfits from leftover material. She always encouraged Danielle to explore and be herself and loved bringing the whole family together (that’s her and Danielle stepping forward together in the photo!).
From Danielle Campbell, Vintage Vibes Volunteer, via Facebook
Hazel’s grandparents lived amazing lives and continue to inspire her. Her grandmother was an excellent cook and loved gathering her family for delicious feasts. She displayed enormous strength in serving as a magistrate at a time when it was a challenging role for a woman. As if that wasn’t enough, she was the headmistress of an exclusive prep school and went on to run a school in Sudan – where she spent a short time in prison falsely accused of being a spy. As Hazel says ‘I pity anyone who tried to keep my grandmother in prison for long!’
Hazel’s grandfather was born in India, later moving to England with his mother, and grew up to be an engineer. Hazel describes him as ‘otherworldly, quietly clever and precise but not concerned by the material things (except curry).’ She says ‘I learnt huge amounts from them, and I’d love to be able to channel their strength in my own life too.’
From Hazel Bartels, via Facebook
Between the four of them, Jess’s grandparents have had more adventures than you could shake a very big stick at. Her Grandma helped set up the zoo in Kuala Lumpur and her Grandpa was still writing books and going hillwalking into his eighties. On the other side of the family, her Granny was an air hostess in the 1950s while raising 5 children through homes across multiple continents. Her Grandpa was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need – no matter where they were at the time. Jess says: ‘I can only hope that I can live a life one tenth as full as theirs are, or have been!’
From Jess Poore, via Facebook
Kirsty’s glamorous Granny was “a real force of nature”. Kirsty talks about how tough, immensely spirited, and achingly funny was. Worked until the age of 80, walking 6 miles a day in stiletto heels, and re-decorating her whole house every year top to bottom. Nothing stood in her way! Kirsty says, “I often think of her energy and determination and it gives me inspiration to keep going.”
From Kirsty Potter, via Facebook
Emilyjaney’s gran was always making her laugh. She remembers her cheeky sense of humour keeping things interesting: ‘As she got older she lost her hair and would wear a wig…but she had fun with it by flashing her bald head at passers-by to see their reaction. Priceless.’
From emilyjaney, via Instagram
Jenniestamp has this lovely story to share about her grandad from her wedding day: ‘On my wedding day last year my grandad kissed the palm of my hand and told me it will be with me forever. Every time I see him he rubs my hands and tells me to always remember 💛’
From jenniestamp, via Instagram
And finally, jan_stagram shared this beautiful poem, which her gran kept tucked inside her bible, with us:
‘Be like the sunflower
Be golden and shine
Keep your roots strong
Your head held high
Your face to the sun
And the shadows
Will fall behind you’
From jan_stagram, via Instagram
Thank you so much to everyone who shared their stories with us. Do you have any stories about your fabulous grandparents that you’re itching to share?
Edinburgh is the loneliest city in the UK, and following last week’s Volunteer Fair we thought we’d update you on ways that you can help!
Vintage Vibes has some exciting roles that you could be a part of:
Download our Welcome to Team Amazing – 2017 Pack for further information about the community based roles and more details about the variety of office roles available.
If you are keen to join us in one of these roles please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer has finally arrived! If you’re looking for things to do in between the short bursts of Edinburgh sunshine then Craigmillar has a strong sense of community as well as a whole load of fun stuff to get involved in.
So, without further ado, here are “5 things to do in Craigmillar this Summer”.
This Fringe season, Craigmillar will be hosting its own show. A choral performance by the professional choir in the Robin Chapel. Despite its church setting the event is completely interfaith and free to boot. Not only that, but the Robin Chapel is considered a hidden gem of Edinburgh and this event ends with a guided tour around a piece of Arts-and-crafts style architecture.
Check out the Fringe website here for more details.
OK, we don’t mean THAT White House. But we think this one might have better food and better company. The White House on Niddrie Mains Road host Fish Fridays each week offering an affordable freshly made fish supper. For only £5.50 you get fish, chips and a bread roll with butter.
If you are a Greater Craigmillar local you can get a 10% discount by filling in their community form here.
Craigmillar Library has a whole programme of events going on for families this Summer, but we could only pick one for now. Family Arts and Crafts Club is happening every Monday during the school holidays. A perfect place for everyone to make a little something.
The Library Facebook page has more info, plus details of all the other exciting things they have planned this season.
Why not give gardening a go this summer? Not only that, but a gardening social club at the Jack Kane Centre. Every Friday 1-3pm they run a free drop-in called Garden Globe which is open to new members. Sounds like a good excuse for a chat in the fresh air to us!
Sounds like you’ve got a busy week summer? We’re pleased we could help! Now we’d like to ask a wee favour of you…
Not everyone in your local area gets to live as fun and exciting a life as you do.
There are many people in Craigmillar and the surrounding area who are aged 65 and over who live alone.
Of this local group it’s estimated that over 500 only have the TV as their main form of company each week, who have no family or friends to visit them and who struggle to get out by themselves.
These Craigmillar locals are lonely and isolated, and chronic loneliness has been shown to increase the chances of developing dementia by 64%.
We’re looking to change that. And there’s a way you can help that is right on your doorstep.
We are a charitable service that tackles loneliness by creating long-lasting friendships. We put together people of shared interests, who live locally to one another, for a cup of tea and a natter. Simple as that.
It’s very flexible, you can visit once a month, a fortnight or a week at a time that suits you, and we take time to match you with someone who shares your interests and is easy for you to visit. We have rugby fans rejoicing in shared wins, chess fanatics battling each other, cuddly pooches visiting dog lovers and more.
We’re looking for Craigmillar locals to sign up and be the difference to someone in your local community.
We can train you and match you in your local area and there’s a great community of volunteers who meet up monthly. It’s that easy.
If you think you could spare a wee bit of time to visit someone in your neighbourhood then get in touch, we would love to hear from you.
From another area of the city?
We would still love to hear from you! We work across Edinburgh to tackle loneliness and are always looking for new volunteers.
Please help us by sharing this post with others.
Introducing Stephanie Wilks – Amazing Events Organiser
For 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.”
Interested in Volunteering with the Vintage Vibes team? Email email@example.com for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org