Community Groups Builder

  • Part time
  • £28,639 pro-rata
  • Golden Years Community Connecting Service for Older People, Edinburgh
  • Closing 30th May 2022

  • Advertised from 9th May 2022
  • 21 hours per week (flexible options can be discussed) £16,255 per annum


Do you love working with older people? Are you passionate about system change? Do you want to make a difference to communities where there is a lack of resource and support available? Could you be instrumental in helping people have more ‘good days’?

If so then our Community Groups Builder role may be the one for you.

Come and join the team at Cyrenians Golden Years, and be part of an exciting new chapter on our journey supporting older people across Edinburgh.

About Golden Years

Golden Years aims to combat loneliness and isolation for people aged 60 plus living in Edinburgh. We use a mixture of keywork and trained volunteers to offer support in a holistic way, helping people break down the barriers which are preventing them from connecting with their community and living their lives.

The National Lottery Community Fund is providing the opportunity for Golden Years to work with local communities, to empower older people to come together, share experiences, and make positive changes in their community.

About the Role

You’ll be:

• Engaging with local older people, seeking out spaces to bring them together.

• Learning of their needs, interests, the challenges they face, and what matters most to them.

• Build connections with the wider community (residents, business owners, other professionals, volunteers etc.)

• Setting up and delivering a range of group work activities for older people, in response to what they feel would enrich their lives.

• Implementing social & leisure activities based on need.

About you

You will be a people-person who develops relationships that are person centred. You’ll be a good listener and passionate about the rights of older people.

You’ll be solution focussed, and enjoy developing and implementing new ideas.

You’ll have experience of working with older people working in community-based settings; as well as the confidence to work autonomously.

You’ll also be highly organised, proficient in the use of Microsoft Office and have experience of using database systems.

How we’ll support you

This role will be fully supported by the Golden Years Manager and team. You will be given full training on all aspects of your role. You’ll also have access to wider Cyrenians support, including our learning and development programme, and staff wellbeing services.

About us

At Cyrenians we tackle the causes and consequences of homelessness. We understand that there are many routes into homelessness and that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to supporting people towards more positive and stable futures. That’s why all our work is values-led and relationships-based.

Our values

Compassion: We believe that everyone should have the chance to change, no matter how long that might take.

Respect: We believe in tolerance, acceptance, valuing diversity and treating each other as equals.

Integrity: We are committed to the highest quality of work, grounded in honesty, generosity, sincerity and professionalism.

Innovation: We are willing to take risks, challenge convention and be very creative in our search for new ways of working, in particular by taking account of the environmental impact of our decisions.

This post is initially funded for 9 months from the National Lottery Community Fund. However, the role will be a pilot which will influence and shape how this part of the service moves forward.

Application notes

Closing date: 12 noon on Monday 30th May

Interviews will be held week commencing 6th June at Norton Park Conference Centre

CV’s will not be accepted