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Friendship Volunteer

Vintage Vibes is charity project helping over 60s in Edinburgh overcome loneliness and social isolation. We pair up our Friendship Volunteers and VIPs with shared interests to create genuine friendships. As a volunteer, you will visit your VIP once a week for an hour or so, and enjoy activities such as walks, coffee shops, or a home visit. This is a companionship role, not a carer’s role. You will not be expected to do any personal care, household chores, or financial transactions for your VIP.

About Vintage Vibes

Vintage Vibes is a charity partnership based in Edinburgh that works to tackle isolation and loneliness in the over 60s. We do this by pairing up volunteers with our “VIPs” to create genuine, long-lasting friendships. We also have lots of fun events to provide people with opportunities for social connections.

Experience Required

These can be from someone who knows you well. All you need is a friendly approach and an hour or so of daytime availability once a week for at least six months. No previous professional experience needed; references required.

Training Details

Attend an interactive volunteer training sessions with other volunteers. Attend fun volunteer meet ups every 2 months – such as bowling, escape room with other volunteers. Monthly newsletters for inspiration and conversations starters with your VIPs Ongoing interactive training opportunities such as dementia awareness.

Flexibility & Commitment

Home-Based Volunteering;Flexible

1 hour per week for at least 6 months. Our VIPs prefer to see Friendship Volunteers in the daytime, you can pick a day and time that suits you. Don’t worry if you are sick or are on holiday, that’s fine!

Location/Travel Details

This is an in-person volunteering role. You will be visiting your VIP at their home or accompanying out for walks and to coffee shops. Your VIP will be local to you with shared interests. We can match you with someone close to you home, work or place of study.

Expenses

Yes travel expenses & refreshments at café meetups

Accessibility Details

  • Happy to have a conversation about volunteer’s needs
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