It all started in 2006…
The Big Hearts Community Trust was born in 2006 as Heart of Midlothian’s main vehicle for investing in community development projects. Set up as an independent charity, the Trust established a number of different programmes designed to offer sporting, health and educational activities for the benefit of local people.
2012 was a record breaking year…
The Trust’s 2012 annual report revealed that over 13,000 people had been engaged across 19 different community programmes since the charity began in 2006.
Some highlights included:
Music Box – provided music making opportunities for young people to learn about the industry, make their own recordings and take part in performance events.
Xtra Time – aimed at 4th/5th year school leavers, this project supported young people disengaged with education, preparing them for work or training after school.
Aegon Breakfast Clubs – provided a nutritious start to the day for primary school youngsters across Edinburgh.
2015 brought a major change and shift in emphasis to ‘Family’…
In a major change, Big Hearts became a “family focused” charity dedicated to supporting all generations within the community, targeting those families most in need.
As part of this change, the Trust handed all football development matters back to the club given Hearts was now well placed to integrate all community football activity from grassroots development, such as coaching courses and coach development, into its new football strategy.
Big Hearts’ first new programme of activity was to focus on Kinship Care Families, a priority group identified with key stakeholders including the City of Edinburgh Council.
If a looked after child cannot remain with their parents, they can be placed by a local authority in the care of family or friends, for either a short or long period of time. This is what is commonly known as Kinship Care.
We launched our Kinship Care Programme in October 2015. One of the main strands of this is our Kinship Care After School Club, which is now in its second term and continues to grow.
We are carrying on our good work in 2016 and there’s way more to come…
As well as our Kinship Care Programme, we have seen our impressive Football Memories group grow and help more dementia sufferers than ever before. Both of these programmes will continue to be supported and expanded throughout 2016.
We are aiming to connect Hearts’ fans with the charity in 2016 and the launch of the Big Hearts Supporter Movement looks to do exactly that. We believe everyone can get involved in a manner that suits them and at the most basic level this will ask supporters to share our story!
We continue to explore ways in which Big Hearts can help those who need us across the community and you can expect us to announce more on this shortly.