Big Hearts & Yard Digital Announce Exciting New Partnership

Big Hearts Community Trust and Yard Digital are delighted to announce an exciting new strategic partnership between the two organisations. 

Yard Digital, led by director and lifelong Hearts fan Stephan Briggs, will become the creative and digital partner of Big Hearts Community Trust and are already working on developing a brand new website for the charity, due to launch by the end of 2015.

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What is Kinship Care?

As part of our new family-focused strategy, we will use the power of the club’s crest to support families who need our help most. The first area of support we are focussed on is Kinship Care Families.

What is Kinship Care?

It is where a child lives with a family relative or close family friend for either a short period of time or permanently as their parents are unable to care for them. This is due to a number of reasons such as substance misuse, mental health issues or death.  These placements can be arranged formally by the Local Authority or informally through family supporting their own.

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Statement issued on behalf of Big Hearts

Today, 13th August 2015, a former employee of Big Hearts appeared in court and pleaded guilty to the charge of embezzlement.

An issue was identified in August 2013 which led to an immediate internal investigation within Big Hearts. As a result of that investigation an employee of Big Hearts was suspended with immediate effect and subsequently dismissed. Police Scotland and the Scottish Charity Regulator, OSCR, were also informed.

This incident pre-dated the current ownership of Hearts football club which is an entirely separate legal entity from Big Hearts. However, given the close relationship between the club and the charity, the incident was investigated by BIDCO during the due diligence exercise carried out in advance of the change of ownership.  Mrs Budge said: “One of the options considered was to close the charity.  However, the work being carried out plays a vital role in the community and it was important that it continued.  It would be wrong that the charity and the community should suffer because of the criminal actions of one individual.”

Mrs Budge agreed to join the Board of Trustees of the charity and since then, along with those trustees, has been influential in reshaping the work, the focus and the restructuring of the Board of the charity.

The charity is satisfied that the systems now in place will mitigate exposure to any such risk in future.

The incident was fully disclosed in the charity accounts for 2012/13 and 2013/14.  The Note to the Financial Statements in the Annual Accounts for 2013/14 stated:

“OSCR was kept fully and regularly informed after the discovery of a misappropriation and after reviewing the matter wrote to the Trustees confirming that they were satisfied with the actions taken by the Trustees and chief executive and that they had concluded their inquiries into the case.”


Big Hearts – Our History

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.

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Jambos retain Rivals trophy and net over £2,500 for Big Hearts

Sunday 26th April saw the eighth annual Rivals match between the fans of Hearts and Hibs at Easter Road. Over the years the event has seen over 150 fans live out their dream of playing for their heroes against their local rivals, whilst raising more than £100,000 for local charities.

Over 300 fans watched a match played in great spirit and a closely fought battle was settled by a header midway through the second half by Jambo James Reid to give Hearts a 1-0 victory, meaning they retained the trophy for another year. 

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