Big Hearts, the charity of Heart of Midlothian Football Club, are running a ‘Warm Welcome’ programme, providing a free weekly lunch for vulnerable individuals and families.
In partnership with Cyrenians, the project started in December 2022 as part of a package of winter support for the local community in response to the cost-of-living crisis.
Participants are welcomed to Tynecastle Park by our team of Volunteers to enjoy a hot meal, a chat and some good company. Some participants have taken it upon themselves to start a dominoes competition, with everyone welcome to play.
The group, who are joined weekly by Walid, our volunteer and Welcome through Football participant, play dominoes for an hour or two every week. Walid had never played dominoes before, but after participants taught him how to play he won in his first two games!
Warm Welcome lunches are open to anyone living, working or learning in the area, and will continue all year round due to an increase in demand.
Thanks to grants from Edinburgh Council’s Southwest Community Grant, the National Lottery Awards and Wood Mackenzie, the group is able to continue supporting vulnerable and socially isolated people within our communities.
The lunch group runs every Wednesday in the 1874 Fans Bar at Tynecastle Park, with 30-40 individuals of all age groups and backgrounds attending each week.
A warm welcome from Big Hearts and Cyrenians awaits you every Wednesday!
Join us in the 1874 Fans Bar at Tynecastle Park from 12:00pm - 2:00pm, each week.
There is no need to register and everyone is welcome!