It’s Befriending Week from 1st to 7th November!
We’re changing the face of befriending services by offering lasting companionship to older people (VIPs) by matching volunteers with like-minded interests. We bring people together through friendship matches, groups, and events to tackle social isolation and loneliness in the over the 60s across Edinburgh – which has been named as the loneliest city in the UK for older people.
When we asked over 300 older people, the one thing that would make a difference, they said it would be having a real, genuine friend in their lives. We exist to make that happen. Volunteer with Vintage Vibes and you can change someone’s world for the better.
“During the pandemic, we all faced the kind of isolation many older people suffer daily. Sadly, for a great many, that isolation will continue without our wonderful community of volunteers. Our work is making a real difference to the lives of older people in the city, forging meaningful connections and creating real friendships.” Georgia, Vintage Vibes.
Vintage Vibes’ 2023 annual survey showed that 75% of their VIPs felt that being involved with Vintage Vibes had improved their mental health, with 95% feeling happier and having a better quality of life. Vintage Vibes is now seeking amazing new Edinburgh-based volunteers to expand the project and offer support to even more older people across the city. We think our VIP, Betty said it best: “you make my life worthwhile”.