The EVOC Red Book

The online directory to find third sector Organisations, and their services across Edinburgh


Only services that are currently available during COVID-19 are listed in the directory.

In line with Government advice, most groups and organisations in the city have had to take the unfortunate decision to suspend face to face and group work activities. Please telephone or email the contacts listed for the group or organisation if you are interested in their work to check what alternative arrangements might be available.



Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Services update...

Vintage Vibes successful ‘Biscuit and A Blether’ telephone based service supporting vulnerable over 60's is winding down at the end of July. Vintage Vibes is preparing to shift towards socially distanced face-to-face outdoor visits by volunteers following Government advice in the near future.

For further information, please get in touch.

Normal service details...

Vintage Vibes is a fresh way of tackling isolation and loneliness among the over 60's in Edinburgh – reaching out to people across the city, offering companionship, reliable support and the opportunity to be more socially connected.

Vintage Vibes is an award-winning partnership project between LifeCare Edinburgh and The Broomhouse Centre and Enterprises part funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and Comic Relief.

Started in 2015, Vintage Vibes tackles isolation and loneliness among over 60s (called our VIPs) in Edinburgh by creating long lasting one to one friendships offering support, companionship and the opportunity for VIPs to be more socially connected and active in their local community.

The service uses volunteers from all walks of life and backgrounds – our Vibes Volunteers – and matches them with over 60's who want to use the service, our Vibes VIPs.


Are you feeling lonely?

Sometimes all it takes is a cup of tea and a blether to help with those feelings of isolation and loneliness. If you’re over 60, living in Edinburgh and would like some company, then we’re here to help.

Please note we ask our VIPs to make a small donation of £3 for each Vintage Vibes visit/outing to help with the running costs.

Referral Form Open for Specific Areas:

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 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.

Updated Postcode areas for referrals (from January 2020)

EH9 - Newington
EH6 - Leith (1 volunteer with a dog available)
EH4 - Crew Toll
EH3 - New Town and Haymarket (Only for evening visits after 5pm)

If you would like to refer someone who is over 60 and lonely, please email for a referral form and further information.

If you would like to be alerted when the full referral form is open again, please send us your email address and location via


Our events and groups are about making new friends, discovering (or rediscovering!) interests and getting the best out of life in your local community.

Vintage Vibes Sewing Bee...

Do you love sewing and crafts? Then why not join our new Sewing Bee Group

Venue: Broomhouse Hub, 79-89 Broomhouse Crescent EH11
Time: Wednesdays Fortnightly, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Contact: For further information, please contact our Community Adventurer at

Vintage Vocals...

Singing to our own tune! Meet new friends and rediscover beautiful music through the decades in a fun, relaxed setting.

Venue: Liberton Kirk Halls, 28-30 Kirkgate, Edinburgh EH16 6RY
Time: Fridays Fortnightly, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Contact: To book a free taster please contact 0131 343 0955 or email:

No previous experience necessary. Suggested donation for participating is £3.00, with the first session being free!

Vintage Vibes Film Group...

Do you love films? Do you want to meet new people? Come along to our Vintage Vibes Film Group!

The Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at a cinema in Edinburgh.

The group meets before the film to have a tea/coffee prior to going along to a film showing together. All you pay is the price of your film ticket.

Contact: To find out what our next film will be, please call 0131 0343 0955 or email:

Please see for further information on any of the groups.


65+, 60 - 64
Days and Times
Contact Details
Contact Person: Heather Allan
Contact Telephone: 0131 343 0955
Contact Email:

This record was last modified on: 01 September 2020