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.
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 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.
Updated Postcode areas for referrals (from January 2020)
If you would like to refer someone who is over 60 and lonely, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a referral form and further information.
If you would like to be alerted when the full referral form is open again, please send us your email address and location via this form.
If you know anyone who would make a fantastic volunteer, please put them in touch with us at email@example.com
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.