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.


5 Great Things to Do in Portobello This Week

By Georgia
on Tue 23 Aug 2016

Portobello has it all; sea, sand, character and community. Whether you’re lucky enough to live there, or you’re coming from elsewhere in Edinburgh, it’s a fab place to visit.

Here are our ‘5 Great Things To Do In Portobello’ This Week:



Furniture Painting in PortobelloSaturday 27th August brings a Furniture Painting Workshop to Tribe Porty. Create beautiful upcycled furniture for your home and for gifts!

Bring your own furniture, or they will provide one for £20. Advanced booking is recommended so email for further details.




Portobello Beach Busk
After painting your furniture, why not listen to some incredible local sounds at this year’s Big Beach Busk?

The mile along the Promenade will come alive with musicians of all kinds – from one man bands to orchestras.

There’s also a sand castle competition for those with a competitive streak!



Musselburgh Flower ShowYes, it’s just down the road in Musselburgh, but this is a lovely little event for those who will miss Edinburgh’s gorgeous flowers once Autumn comes.

Musselburgh Horticultural Society Flower Show is taking place on Saturday, and in addition to beautiful flowers there will also be cakes and stalls to enjoy.



SkyLark Pub Quiz PortobelloAt Vintage Vibes we love a good quiz, and every Thursday night at 8pm The Skylark host a great pub quiz with quizmaster Tony Foster.


Book a table, bring a team and have a fab school-night out!



95bf0b76-7b5e-4677-bd73-870a8a02e185Sounds like you’ve got a busy week ahead? 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 3,845 people in Portobello and the surrounding area who are aged 65 and over, and of them, 1,392 live alone. That’s over 12% just in and around Portobello.

Of this local group it’s estimated that over 550 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 Portobello 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 Portobello 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, or come along to our tea party (below) we would love to hear from you.



Thursday 25th August, 6.30pm – 8pm – The Tide, Portobello Prom.

We are looking for lovely folks to join our community of volunteers in and around Portobello and Leith. So we’re having a tea party to provide information about volunteering.

If you are interested in developing a friendship with someone over 60 who is lonely and isolated near you, then please do come along for some tea, cake and to find out a little more about volunteering with Vintage Vibes – we work to make it as flexible and fun as possible for our lovely volunteers.

More information here.

Thank you to Portobello & Craigmillar NP for supporting the funding of this event.


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.

Vintage Bunting Day!

By Georgia
on Mon 15 Aug 2016


Wednesday 24th August 10am onwards

The Broomhouse Centre, Edinburgh

Help us create beautiful vintage bunting for our vintage tea parties for our lonely and isolated VIPs.

This day is part of the #BrewingGood Local Volunteering Day in association with Neighbourly and we would love you to come and join in the fun.

After making the bunting , we’ll host a vintage tea party for some of our VIPs, which you will be welcome to join.

To sign up either:
Email sign up to or click click below to sign up to a team…

The Bunting Team

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