Sometimes all it takes is a cup of tea and a blether to help when feeling lonely and isolated. So, if you’re over 60, living in Edinburgh, and would like some company, then we’re here to help.
FEBRUARY 2021 UPDATE
We are now taking referrals for over 60s who are feeling lonely and would like to receive regular telephone calls.
Vintage Vibes is an Edinburgh based project that pairs over 60s (our VIPs) up with a friendly volunteer for a weekly visit. Currently our volunteers are able to make weekly telephone calls to new VIPs.
We are currently accepting referrals in the following postcode areas only:
Please note that referrals for indoor visits are currently on hold. This is so we can keep everyone safe and well during the ongoing COVID-19 measures.
You can refer yourself or someone you know who lives in any of the above postcode areas.
Would you like to be alerted when we open referrals for indoor visits and/or in your postcode area? Let us know your contact details and location via this form.
If you have any questions or need support in completing our referral form, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you know someone who would make a fantastic volunteer? Put them in touch with us at email@example.com
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.