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Supporters’ Stories

Big Hearts Supporters donate their time to change lives.

Anyone can get involved to make a positive difference – by volunteering across our family programmes at Tynecastle Park or by helping other charity partners in the community.

Our community of Big Hearts Volunteers is a diverse group of people from all backgrounds, committed to support those affected by social isolation.

This is our supporters’ stories, told in their own words.

BRYAN - THE CHANGING ROOM

“When I had my own issues the help that Big Hearts gave me made me feel it’s only right to give back and help others.” 

After attending our first ‘The Changing Room’ programme, Bryan decided to become a Big Hearts Volunteer and help other men improve their mental health.

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KATRIONA - BIG HEARTS BEFRIENDING

“After few weeks you can see the difference you are making to the young person and it’s very rewarding.”

Hearts’ season ticket holder Katriona wanted to help a vulnerable young person through the Club’s charity. She is now a Volunteer Befriender with Big Hearts.

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SUSAN - FRESH START

“I learned so much about homelessness. I think I became a better person because of that. It helps me appreciate what I’ve got.”

Susan converted her passion for DIY into a volunteering role with the charity Fresh Start. As part of their ‘Hit Squad’ she helps previously homeless families settle in their new homes.

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NICK - YOUTH SUPPORT

“Volunteering is really good for me. I like meeting loads of new people and be part of something.”

Nick helps facilitate activities for local school pupils identified as isolated. He’s involved in Big Hearts’ weekly T.E.A.M project and our School’s Out! programme during the summer.

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SAMI - EDINBURGH MEMORIES

“It’s nice to have something to look forward to. It helps shape my life. Volunteering gives me a purpose.”

To increase her social interactions, Sami got involved in our Edinburgh Memories and Football Memories groups for older people. She’s also started to befriend a child in kinship care.

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