Impact Report: what did Big Hearts achieve in 2019/20?
Today Big Hearts published their second ‘Impact Report’ which outlines our key-achievements over the financial year 2019/20.
The charity of Heart of Midlothian FC reveals that 2,569 adults and children engaged in its programmes of support, a 12% increase from the previous year.
Over the last 12 months Big Hearts hosted 238 free days of activities to help vulnerable groups make positive social connections, build their resilience and improve their wellbeing. Football remains a powerful tool to engage with those affected by social isolation: 4 in 5 adults were involved with the charity due to its football environment.
Highlights of the Impact Report include:
– 192 hours delivered to support men’s mental health.
– 125 after-school sessions run via 4 weekly youth projects.
– 10 weeks of extended family support provided during school holidays.
– 2,178 free hot meals offered to adults & children in need.
– 4,200 volunteer hours completed by 236 active supporters.
“In the past 12 months we have continued to strengthen our organisation and have been able to reach out to even more vulnerable groups in our community through our many family-focused programmes. Our close work with local schools, in the Tynecastle High cluster, and the help from a wide variety of ‘Big Hearts Supporters’ has played a significant role in addressing the biggest challenges right on our doorstep. With Edinburgh’s child poverty rate at its highest in Gorgie/Sightill, Big Hearts has been focused on improving outcomes of low-income families living in South West Edinburgh, and will continue to do so in 2020/2021.”