If you are looking for some help or support, either for yourself, or for someone you look after, there is a wide range of voluntary organisations in and around Edinburgh that provide just this type of service. Alternatively, becoming a volunteer yourself can bring great rewards, as well as providing a great way to meet new people.
Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations' Council (EVOC) provides a constantly-updated register of voluntary organisations in your area, and you can use this to search for any type of service that may exist. Simply click here to access their search facility, and enter the type of service you are looking for, your post-code, and the distance within your post-code area that you would like to search.
Local Opportunities for Older People (LOOPS) is a city-wide initiative delivered by a number of third sector providers, and in partnership with City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian and Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership. Its aim is to give older people (age 65+) better access to services that can make life easier, or support healthier living. They can also suggest activities and events that older people can make use of to reduce loneliness and social isolation.
Simply click here to find out more, or call the LOOPS Phoneline on 0131 603 8311
Phonelink is a free telephone service that can provide a morning and/or evening call to check on the wellbeing of people who would like some support in the community. It can help those who are elderly, disabled, or living with complex illnesses, to feel more secure at home. Further information can be found by clicking here.
Volunteer Edinburgh is an organisation based at 222 Leith Walk. Although they don't provide voluntary services themselves, if you would like to become a volunteer yourself, they can help you to find the perfect opportunity. You can check out their website here.