Kinship Care was chosen by the Board as Big Hearts main area of initial focus under our family focused strategy.
Big Hearts’ Kinship Care programme aims to address a real area of need within our community, with kinship care arrangements on the rise across Scotland.
We launched the programme in October 2015 with a weekly After School Club providing valuable support to young people and their carers within these families.
Since then, the programme continues to grow offering support to more families through a variety of different ways including our Annual Family Day, Match Tickets for families, Fostering Compassion workshops, Emergency Essentials Fund and free places at Holiday Football courses.
In 2017, we launched Big Hearts Befrienders to provide additional support to young people who need help. The project involves Big Hearts Volunteers who become trusted role models for children in kinship care.
Big Hearts Kinship Care Programme is being delivered in partnership with Mentor, a charity dedicated to protecting children and young people across Scotland with a key emphasis on supporting 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.
TICKETS FOR KINSHIP FAMILIES
Big Hearts, with the help of many generous Hearts’ season ticket holders, are delighted to be able to offer some Hearts’ home match tickets to kinship care families.
Hearts’ fans who are unable to attend any home matches are encouraged to donate their season ticket to Big Hearts and we can then ensure kinship care families have an unforgettable day out together at Tynecastle, witnessing the best atmosphere in Scottish football.
Tickets can be donated by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your seat details or by calling 0131 200 7217. In order for us to ensure your ticket is used we require your ticket information 48 hours in advance of the game.
Please note that donated tickets are often exchanged with the club for seats within a family friendly area and to accommodate families sitting together.
FREE PLACES ON SCHOOL HOLIDAY COACHING COURSES
We are delighted to offer free places on Holiday Coaching Courses to Kinship Care Kids thanks to our partnership with DPS Group.
The courses provide youngsters between the age of 5-12 the chance to enjoy a variety of fun practices, small-sided games, 1v1s and finishing exercises. It should be noted that this course is open to all Kinship Care Kids regardless of their current footballing ability.
Places can be secured by emailing email@example.com
All kinship care families are welcome to get involved and can register or find out more information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.