We take referrals for over 60s who would like a visit from a volunteer on a weekly basis.
Our innovative approach to friendships has been in high demand since we started, and we currently have a waiting list in Edinburgh.
We know that waiting is frustrating, and we want to help find a companion for our VIPs (our over 60s) as soon as possible – but we place great importance on matching our VIPs with the right match, so that a long-term and meaningful friendship can develop.
In order to not leave VIPs on the waiting list for too long, we hope you can understand that we have decided to open for referrals from specific areas – these are places where we know we have volunteers on the way.
Our volunteers are able to visit in person both in and out of the home or via telephone (or a mixture of all 3) subject to ongoing guidance.We have a small amount of capacity to accept referrals in the following postcodes only:
Please do not hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0131 343 0955 if you need support filling in our referral form or have any other queries.
Isolation and loneliness are detrimental to our health and wellbeing. They can contribute to a variety of health issues, such as depression, increased risk of dementia and, ultimately, early death.
As far as possible, we aim to match our VIPs with volunteers who have shared interests. Similarly, we can link people to existing groups, organisations and services in the city.
For people aged 60 and over, social circles can decrease as families move away, spouses die, and friends and neighbours become less active or mobile. But we want to do something about that.
So, at Vintage Vibes we use friendly volunteers to reach out to over 60s across Edinburgh who may be feeling lonely. Our volunteers offer companionship, reliable support and the opportunity to be more socially connected.