Project Officer (Older People)

  • Part time
  • £21,000 pro-rata
  • Initially working from home with some visits to our office at Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh EH11 2NL. When possible, your base will be at Tynecastle Park.
  • Closing 28th May 2021

  • Advertised from 4th May 2021
  • Hours: Part-time (15 hours per week – flexible on days/hours worked). Contract: Permanent. Salary: £21,000 per annum (pro-rata)


Big Hearts Community Trust is an award-winning charity based at Tynecastle Park, the home of Heart of Midlothian Football Club in the West of Edinburgh. Since 2015, our ambitious organisation is committed to changing lives through the power of football, using the reach of the Club’s badge to support groups most in need across the community. Through close partnerships with local organisations and football supporters, Big Hearts is able to build and run free family programmes at the Stadium throughout the year. In 2020 amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, our charity of 9 staff members engaged with over 8,000 adults and children, with the help from 250 dedicated volunteers. Big Hearts Community Trust is considered to be one of the leading football charities in Scotland, recognised for the high standard of support and positive social impact in Edinburgh. In the summer of 2021, we will announce a new strategic direction which will shape our future activity for the next three years.

The aim of this role is to lead on our work to support isolated older people across Edinburgh, with a focus on South West Edinburgh and the Gorgie / Dalry area. This role will involve coordinating our Football & Edinburgh Memories work, which is a reminiscence based social history project aiming to bring together isolated older people, and those with dementia, to have conversations and make social connections.

Throughout most of 2020 and 2021 our reminiscence work has been restricted to ‘Memories at Home’ packs, created by Big Hearts, then posted to around 200 older people every two weeks. Part of this role will involve taking on this forward in some capacity. When restrictions allow, part of the role will involve designing weekly face to face sessions, and creating content to spark conversations, as well as speaking to participants and supporting them individually where necessary.

The role will also involve growing and expanding our work, including organising group trips, outreach to care homes and working closely with our Volunteer Development Officer to support volunteers who wish to contribute to this area of work. On top of this, there will be scope to research and develop new initiatives and explore partnerships which will benefit our work, as well as the wellbeing of older people.

Finally, the role will also include organising events, particularly around Christmas & Christmas Day, which can bring people together who may otherwise be isolated. This is the perfect role for someone who has experience within the charity sector, and particularly with experience of working with older people, who wants the opportunity to develop projects to increase social connections

Application notes

Please email your CV and cover letter to, explaining how your skills and experience make you a good fit for this role.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday 28 May 2021.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place on 3rd or 4th June 2021, most likely via Zoom.

If you have any questions about the role or the recruitment process: please email Innes Shirreff, Operations Manager at

Big Hearts is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff, and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, sexual orientation, race and religion or belief.