Last week, Big Hearts Community Trust hosted their 2017 Annual General Meeting, sharing the key-successes that will help the charity achieve its ambitious plans for 2018 and beyond.
Big Hearts was born in 2006 as the Clubs official charity, in 2015 they shifted their focus in order to become a charity dedicated to families.
Big Hearts’ main programmes include Football Memories, Big Hearts Supporters, Kinship Care Programme, and Bringing Cultures Together. These programmes will continue to grow in 2018 and a new 2018-2021 strategy will be announced in the coming months, introducing brand new areas of focus.
Big Hearts Highlights
- Over 2,700 hours of volunteering has been completed in 2017 by over 150 Big Hearts supporters volunteering through Big Hearts or partner charities.
- Big Hearts’ handling of charity requests has helped raise over £11,000 for local causes.
- The charity volunteering programme was recognised by an Investing in Volunteer Award, a first for a charity in Scottish Football.
- Big Hearts’ Emergency Essentials Fund distributed over £20,000 in grants to 40 Kinship Care families in 2017.
- 10 Volunteer Hearts fans have been trained as a part of the Big Hearts Befriending programme, supporting vulnerable young people.
- 15 young people from multicultural backgrounds, or families whom have recently arrived in Edinburgh, attend Big Hearts' T.E.A.M project each Thursday at Tynecastle Park.
- Over 700 Hearts match tickets have been distributed to vulnerable families in 2017, through Big Hearts’ network of local organisations.
- Almost £10,000 has been raised by Big Hearts supporters at challenge events, including the Edinburgh Marathon, the Kiltwalk, and the Great Scottish Run.
Yesterday evening (Wednesday 15th November) the Gorgie Dalry Forum held their ‘A Night at the Museum’ event that took place in the Heart of Midlothian Museum. This special event allowed Big Hearts and local organisations to provide information on free services and volunteering opportunities to those living in the Gorgie and Dalry area.
Next week the Clubstore will become a gift collection point for Cash for Kids Mission Christmas. Fans will be able to donate new and unwrapped gifts for children and young people for the festive season. Keep watch on the Clubs social media channels for updates.
To learn more about the amazing work that Big Hearts’ does, visit http://www.bighearts.org.uk/
Big Hearts’ Annual Update for 2017 is available now online, please click here.
For more information on Cash for Kids Mission Christmas, visit www.cashforkids.uk.com/mission/
The future is bright for Big Hearts! Keep an eye out for updates on upcoming events.