Community Connecting

Community Connecting is an innovative service that's being delivered across Edinburgh and directly helps isolated older people get involved in activities in their local communities and take up hobbies both old and new. It has a huge positive impact on their quality of life.

All it takes is a couple of hours of your time a week. By becoming a volunteer community connector you will make a massive difference to an older person in your community.  You don't need special skills, we give you all the training that you need. All we ask is that you have an hour or two spare a week, a good sense of humour, good communication skills and an interest in making the lives of isolated older people better. 

After training you will be matched with an older person for up to four months. You will quickly build a good relationship with them and support them to achieve their goals. That might be as simple as having the confidence to travel on the bus again, to meet new people after a bereavement or illness or discovering a new or long forgotten hobby or interest.


"I've always loved art, but I thought that I was too old to join a class.  Kevin (Community Connecting Volunteer) really gave me the confidence to try it and helped me find a group.  I love it and I don't think that I would ever have done it without him"

You will gain new skills and experiences, meet new people and make a genuine difference.

We will give you comprehensive training including listening skills, lone working and dementia awareness. You will also get expenses and full, ongoing support.  

We are recruiting volunteers in the North West and South East of Edinburgh. If you would like to help reduce the sense of loneliness and isolation that older people feel then please get in touch with Gwen James on 0131 225 0630 or mail

"The support you gave my mother has made such a difference to her and provided much reassurance to the whole family"


This simple animation tells the story of Kathleen and Ned, an elderly couple who have been married for many years. When Ned passes away, Kathleen becomes isolated and contacts Community Connecting for support. She then embarks on her new adventure with Conor, a Community Connecting Volunteer, who helps her to build her confidence and regain her independence. Community Connecting is an inspiring service which helps to tackle loneliness amongst older people in Edinburgh. We’re always looking for friendly volunteers to spend 2-3 hours a week with an older person for up to 16 weeks, helping them to get out and maybe rediscover an old passion!

Community Connecting North West and South East is being delivered by a partnership of Places for People Care and Support and Volunteer Centre Edinburgh. If you would like to volunteer to help an elderly person, please call 0131 225 0630 or email Gwen James on If you or someone you know could benefit from this service, you can contact 0131 558 3728 or email

Pilmeny Development Project deliver Community Connecting in the North East of Edinburgh. They can be contacted on 0131 553 2559 or by emailing Anne Munro or Danny McShane

Health in Mind are delivering Community Connecting in the South West of Edinburgh and they can be contacted on 0131 225 8508 or by emailing Julie Dick or Alison McGhee

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