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Edinburgh charity's first anniversary marked in Parliamentary motion.

Lothian Tory MSP Miles Briggs is congratulating an Edinburgh befriending charity, which has already won awards for its work, on reaching its first anniversary. Vintage Vibes  matches isolated elderly people with befrienders and recently won an award from Age Scotland. Miles has tabled a motion in Parliament on the charity's success and anniversary which will be marked with an anniversary event later this month.

 

Speaking today Miles Briggs, who is also the Scottish Conservative Spokesman on Mental Health, said:

 

" I congratulate everyone involved in Vintage Vibes, especially its volunteer befrienders, for the excellent work they do. 

 

" Older people who are socially isolated are at risk of developing mental health issues and depression and befriending is a powerful way of helping to prevent this and making sure older people who have few social contacts feel connected to their communities.

 

" I believe the innovative work being undertaken by Vintage Vibes in Edinburgh could be successfully replicated in other areas and I wish Vintage Vibes every success in the future as it seeks to expand the service it offers."

 

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* Please see below the motion as lodged by Miles

 

Vintage Vibes’ First Anniversary.
 
That the Parliament is aware that April 26th 2017 marks the first anniversary event of Vintage Vibes, an Edinburgh charitable partnership that aims to tackle isolation and loneliness among local people aged over 60; is further aware that during its first year Vintage Vibes, with support from the Big Lottery, has created 100 matches across Edinburgh and has won Age Scotland’s Patrick Brooks Award for Best Working Partnership and was a finalist in Generations Working Together’s New Intergenerational Project Award; notes that Vintage Vibes’ first anniversary will be celebrated with an event on April 26th to honour the more than 120 volunteers involved in the organisation and to report on research highlighting the impact of Vintage Vibes'preventative work for individuals and communities; commends all those who organise and volunteer for Vintage Vibes in what it considers is the important, innovative and positive work it does to support isolated older people and help build meaningful connections and friendships for them, and wishes Vintage Vibes every success in the years ahead as it develops and grows.

Miles Briggs