Sometimes all it takes is a cup of tea and a blether to help with those feelings of isolation and loneliness. If you’re over 60, living in Edinburgh and would like some company, then we’re here to help.
In November 2020, we will be opening up referrals for VIPs in specific postcode areas; a list of postcode areas is coming soon. Referrals will only be for people who would like a telephone-based call or a physically-distanced outdoor visit to ensure we can keep everyone safe and well during the ongoing COVID-19 measures.
Please note, for physically-distanced outdoor visits, the person referred will need to be able to walk unaided/independently access their own garden.
Referrals for indoor visits are currently on hold.
If you would like to be alerted when we re-open referrals for indoor visits and/or in your postcode area, please do let us know your contact details and location via this form.
If you know anyone who would make a fantastic volunteer, please put them in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Isolation and loneliness are detrimental to health and wellbeing and can contribute to depression, increased risk of dementia and, ultimately, early death. We aim, where possible, to match our VIPs with volunteers with shared interests, or we can link people to existing groups, organisations and services.
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. Vintage Vibes is a fresh new service using friendly volunteers to reach out to people across Edinburgh, offering companionship, reliable support and the opportunity to be more socially connected.