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Social History Volunteers


Objective of the role
Big Hearts’ reminiscence programme is aimed at giving older people at risk of social isolation the time, space and environment to engage in conversations about the history and the people of Edinburgh past and present.

To do this, we’re currently distributing hundreds of ‘Memories at Home’ resources twice a month. These themed packs include written stories and individuals recollections from people who lived through the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s – and enjoy reminiscing!

We’re looking for more contributions and this is where we need volunteer support. You can share your own recollections, or talk with friends and family to see if they would have something to share.

This can be anything from telling us in your own words about the live music you went to see in the 60s, the places your family went on holiday in the 70s, the films you remember from the 80s or shopping in Edinburgh in the 90s. You’ll find more information on the link at the bottom of this page.



  • Sharing your own recollections on various topics (eg. childhood games, old movies, former football players…)
  • Writing up memories on behalf of a friend of relative (eg. siblings, grandparents, elderly neighbour…)
  • Gathering particular stories of interest about Edinburgh’s social history (eg. Derbys, Festivals, Wartime eras…)
  • Talking to friends or relatives about their memories and then sharing them with us.
  • Sharing your photos of memorable events (eg. Hearts’ games, shops in Gorgie, holidays in Scotland…)


Skills & qualities required

  • Anyone can get involved, either by contributing with their own stories or by talking to someone (perhaps friends or family) about their recollections.
  • Ability to share stories, or research and work with others who can share memories.


What’s in it for you?

  • The opportunity to be part of an exciting new volunteer project, which makes a positive difference to other people’s lives.
  • Making a contribution to the re-telling of Edinburgh’s social history and giving people a place to share their recollections.
  • The experience of volunteering in a capacity that supports older people, or those living with dementia.
  • Support from Big Hearts Volunteer Development Officer.


PVG required


Location & time
Remote, you will be able to complete this role from home.


Availability & commitment required
Flexible, but ideally one half day to begin with and thereafter you can contribute as much or as little as you like.


Next step

  • You can either note your interest by clicking on the button below and we’ll be back in touch with you.
  • Or you can look at our online form HERE where you can directly make a contribution to one or more themes.

Want to help? Apply below.