Our Ideas: Scottish Government Social Isolation & Loneliness Consultation

By Georgia
on Mon 30 Apr 2018

Vintage Vibes Scottish Government


The Scottish Government have opened a ‘A Connected Scotland’ consultation to ask what is needed to be done nationally to better empower communities and create the conditions to allow social connections to flourish.


Reducing isolation and increasing the range and quality of social connections does not have one single silver bullet. It is complicated, costly, and requires a combination of long and short term solutions that will change our communities for the better.

So, we’ve created a little document that outlines our recommendations; from helping employers to encourage volunteering, to creating a stronger mental health system, from improving transport options to implementing Social Prescribing.

These have been developed in collaboration between the staff, trustees, beneficiaries and stakeholders of LifeCare and The Broomhouse Centre & Enterprises as part of the Vintage Vibes charitable partnership.

We hope you enjoy it!

Click here for Vintage Vibes – Social Isolation and Loneliness Consultation 2018 Response.


To submit your own ideas to the Scottish Government click here. Deadline 30th April 2018.

Got Soul – Singing & Doing Good!

By Georgia
on Wed 25 Apr 2018

Do you like the tunes of Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin_ Do you find yourself periodically breaking into song, dance or “doo wops”_


Join us for a night with the joyful Got Soul Choir on Saturday 19th May at the Queen’s Hall.

Got Soul Choir have invited Vintage Vibes to fundraise a part of their fantastic music event. They have chosen their best and brightest to perform with Basement’s Jaxx’s Sharlene Hector as part of this annual Soul Review and it should be a truly wonderful evening!

Do you enjoy the music of Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin? Do you find yourself periodically breaking into song, dance or “doo wops”?

Do you like the sound of live music performed by a talented, professional choir?

You can book your tickets here (they are going fast!), and come and enjoy the festivities.

Got Soul Poster

Looking for lunch-loving volunteers

By Georgia
on Thu 12 Apr 2018

Vintage Vibes lunch club


We’re looking for a lovely volunteer to assist with the running of a community group that meets weekly on a Tuesday from 12-2pm in Corstorphine.

Come along and join other volunteers and community members to help make a friendly community group for over 60s (VIPs) happen. Every week between 10 and 20 VIPs meet, try new activities and have lunch together with the aim of creating new friendships and the chance to be more connected to their community.



  • Being there for a chat and help make the lunch club as enjoyable as possible for our VIPs
  • Helping with set up and clear away the materials for the group
  • Exploring various activities that people can take part in
  • Attending the weekly Group and interact with the people attending
  • Potentially leading on any specific activity that you are interested in taking part in (only if you want to!)
  • Volunteering alongside a small team of other fabulous volunteers


Skills & Experience

No previous experience, just a positive attitude and an interest in events organisation and tackling loneliness. You must be able to come to the lunch every week.



Scrumptious lunch & Travel Expenses covered.



Contact us at hello@vintagevibes.org.uk or call 0131 343 0955 for further information. Yay!

Looking for Vintage Clothing Aficionados

By Georgia
on Wed 7 Mar 2018

Vintage Fashion Event

Calling all you wonderfully talented young people! 


Do you love vintage fashion? Are you organised and dedicated? Would you love to create an event reminiscent of times gone by?

If so, we’d love to hear from you!

We’re trying to find a super dooper amazing student to put together a Vintage Event with the aim of raising funds to help us tackle loneliness and isolation in Edinburgh’s over 60s.

We’ll give you a budget of £150 – £500 to turn into a fantastic day and you’ll have our lovely events organiser to help you in any way they can. You just need to find a venue, handy band of volunteers and make the event a reality.

If this sounds like you, please get in touch at events@vintagevibes.org.uk.

Plus, imagine how *good* running a fundraiser for a local charitable project would look on your CV!

Making Snow Days Better for VIPs

By Georgia
on Wed 28 Feb 2018

Scotland Snow VIPs


The snow is super pretty, but can be troublesome for our lovely VIPs (over 60s). Here are a few things you can think about during this chilly weather…
  • If you can’t reach your VIP because of the snow, why not give them a call to have a chat instead?

  • If you’re visiting a VIP this week, could you call them before the visit to see if they need any basic supplies (milk, bread, tea bags etc)?

  • Before you say goodbye, why not check that your VIP has everything they need to stay warm at close hand (blankets, gloves etc)?

  • If a VIP has to stay inside during the snow it can get quite boring, why not take a DVD or CD round that you think they might enjoy?

  • Can you find ways to make the snowy experience positive for your VIP? For example reminiscing about fun snow days as a child.


  •  If a VIP hasn’t been out of the house, it’s likely their path won’t be salted – so watch out for slippery surfaces.

  • Check the weather forecast before a visit to make sure that you will be able to get home safely.

  • Only drive if it is absolutely safe to do so, never put yourself at risk.
 If you have any questions about visiting your VIP, please contact Heather (07795297867) or Andrew (07789722780).

New Group: Stroll Patrol

By Georgia

Do you want to get fitter but aren’t sure how to start? Or maybe you would like to lead some walks?

Stroll Patrol is a friendly, fun, local, accessible walking group for over 60’s.

Walks will be 35 – 50 minutes and will start at Carrikvale Community Centre. Free tea/coffee after the walk and a chance to natter.

Every Wednesday at 10am from Wednesday 31st January 2018.

JOIN US: First Walk of the year 31st January 2018!

£3.00 min donation (first taster free)

Download the poster here: Vintage Vibes Stroll Patrol Walking Group

Stroll Patrol Vintage Vibes Walking Group



New Group: Vintage Vocals Singing Group

By Georgia
on Tue 16 Jan 2018


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 Vocals Edinburgh Poster 2017

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!


To book a free taster please contact Julie: 07738 846 289 or Email: hello@vintagevibes.org.uk



An exciting #VVCosyChristmas Update!

By Georgia
on Thu 30 Nov 2017


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…

Gail Porter Launches Vintage Vibes Cosy Christmas Campaign!

By Georgia
on Thu 16 Nov 2017

This Christmas season, two in five over 60 year old’s will have the television as their main form of company.   

Gail Porter - Vintage Vibes Cosy Christmas

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.

Step One:

Simply Text 'Cosy' to 70300

Or email hello@vintagevibes.org.uk or visit ‘Request Your Card’

Note: You will be charged the normal text rate for your text. Contact your provider for details.

Step Two:

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.

Vintage Vibes Cosy Christmas Pack

Step Three:

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.  

Cosy Christmas Vintage Vibes

Step Four:

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


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