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.
NOVEMBER 2021 UPDATE
We are now taking 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.
Currently 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.
Referrals are being accepted in the following postcodes only:
Note that we are unable to accept referrals for other postcode areas of the city at this moment in time.
To refer yourself or someone you know who lives in any of the above postcode areas please complete our online referral form which can be found HERE.
*Please note there are 3 sections to the form so do make sure you complete all 3.*
Would you like to be alerted when we open referrals in your postcode area? Let us know your contact details and location HERE
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.
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.