On Friday I joined the TSB and Pride of Britain teams on George Street in Edinburgh to take a wee selfie with a Mini to support their Pride of Britain campaign. Their fleet has been touring the country, from London to Edinburgh, to raise awareness of the Pride of Britain nominations and all the fantastic people, charities and causes we have in Britain.

I’ve always loved the Pride of Britain awards so when I was asked to get involved, I couldn’t wait.

Who or what inspires people in my local area?

When I was asked this question by the TSB team there were a few people and charities that sprang to mind, but I decided on the fantastic Edinburgh charity, Vintage Vibes.

“Vintage Vibes is a fresh new service tackling isolation and loneliness among over-60s in Edinburgh. We’re reaching out across the city, offering companionship, reliable support and the chance to be more socially connected.”

It’s a sad fact that Edinburgh’s over 60s are the loneliest in the UK. This breaks my heart but I know the team behind Vintage Vibes are doing everything they can to change this. I hate to think of anyone sitting at home alone because they don’t have anyone to reach out to, and this is why I love the concept of this charity.

The Vintage Vibes volunteers range in age themselves and happily offer up their spare time to visit someone who otherwise might not have human interaction for days if not weeks.

Sometimes all it takes is a cup of tea and a chat to help with those feelings of isolation and loneliness. How easy would it be to take an hour out of your weekend and pop over to someone’s house for a chat? These days we all lead busy lives and are rushed off our feet. But often one of the most important or impactful things we can do with our time is to stop for a bit and chat to other humans.

If you’re over 60, living in Edinburgh and would like some company, then Vintage Vibes is here to help. This is why I would like to nominate Vintage Vibes for the TSB Community Partner Award for local pride.

If you’d like to find out more about this charity, follow them on Twitter, Facebook, or pop over to their website vintagevibes.org.uk.

Who inspires you in your community? Nominate someone for the TSB Community Partner Award, here!

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