Applications Open: Edinburgh Events Challenge

By Georgia
on Tue 3 Oct 2017

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?

Edinburgh Events Challenge

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.

To apply, download our Application Form and FAQs and send the completed form to

Apply Now!

New Volunteering Roles

By Georgia
on Tue 26 Sep 2017

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:

  • Vibes Volunteer – where we would match you for a one to one friendship with someone over 60 (called our VIPs) who has similar interests to you and lives nearby.
    Most friendships meet about one a week at flexible times.
  • Group Event Volunteer – we’re starting exciting new group meet-ups whereby you can volunteer your time once a fortnightly to help at wee get-togethers such a singing groups, laughing yoga or walks.
  • Office Superstars – if you’re looking to give back your skills, or learn some new ones, then helping out in our lovely, friendly office can make all the difference to the work we do.

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



5 Great Things to do in Craigmillar this Summer

By Georgia
on Thu 24 Aug 2017

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”.

1.      Relax to some Music

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.


The White House2.      Fish Fridays at the White House

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.


3.      Create Something

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.


4.      Find your Green Fingers!

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!



5.      Make a Friend

95bf0b76-7b5e-4677-bd73-870a8a02e185Sounds 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.



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: 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

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