By Louise Wylie
The ‘Vintage Vibes’ programme to tackle loneliness in older people is expanding into Edinburgh’s Gorgie neighborhood.
Vintage Vibes is a scheme which pairs isolated elderly people (or “VIPs”) with local volunteers with similar interests in order to bring people back into communities.
They are launching a recruitment campaign in order to get more people involved in Gorgie.
Service co-ordinator Andrew Ainsworth said: “People being lonely and isolated is serious, and so this is a positive solution.
“It’s re-energising, and it’s recognising the value in someone.”
Community Adventurer Mary Keegan said: “Volunteers get as much out of it as VIPs”.
She added that the goal of the programme was to build real friendships.
OAPs in Edinburgh are some of the loneliest in the UK, but the feedback received from VIPs has been very positive.
One elderly woman said her trips to the Free Fringe with her volunteer had “made her feel alive again”.
Vintage Vibes is holding a launch event at Virtual Reality centre The Realm on Wednesday 28th November.