Charity registered in Scotland SC037311
Big Hearts Community Trust (Big Hearts) is the official charity partner of Heart of Midlothian Football Club. Following a refocus of the charity’s purpose and ambition last year, Big Hearts is dedicated to delivering a new and ambitious programme of targeted support for families in need across Edinburgh and surrounding areas.
Big Hearts Community Trust is an award-winning charity based at Tynecastle Park, the home of Heart of Midlothian Football Club in the West of Edinburgh. Since 2015, our ambitious organisation is committed to changing lives through the power of football, using the reach of the Club’s badge to support groups most in need across the community. Through close partnerships with local organisations and football supporters, Big Hearts is able to build and run free family programmes at the Stadium throughout the year. In 2020 amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, our charity of 9 staff members engaged with over 8,000 adults and children, with the help from 250 dedicated volunteers. Big Hearts Community Trust is considered to be one of the leading football charities in Scotland, recognised for the high standard of support and positive social impact in Edinburgh. In the summer of 2021, we will announce a new strategic direction which will shape our future activity for the next three years.
The aim of this role is to lead on our work to support isolated older people across Edinburgh, with a focus on South West Edinburgh and the Gorgie / Dalry area. This role will involve coordinating our Football & Edinburgh Memories work, which is a reminiscence based social history project aiming to bring together isolated older people, and those with dementia, to have conversations and make social connections.
Throughout most of 2020 and 2021 our reminiscence work has been restricted to ‘Memories at Home’ packs, created by Big Hearts, then posted to around 200 older people every two weeks. Part of this role will involve taking on this forward in some capacity. When restrictions allow, part of the role will involve designing weekly face to face sessions, and creating content to spark conversations, as well as speaking to participants and supporting them individually where necessary.
The role will also involve growing and expanding our work, including organising group trips, outreach to care homes and working closely with our Volunteer Development Officer to support volunteers who wish to contribute to this area of work. On top of this, there will be scope to research and develop new initiatives and explore partnerships which will benefit our work, as well as the wellbeing of older people.
Finally, the role will also include organising events, particularly around Christmas & Christmas Day, which can bring people together who may otherwise be isolated. This is the perfect role for someone who has experience within the charity sector, and particularly with experience of working with older people, who wants the opportunity to develop projects to increase social connections
Are you passionate about capturing inspiring stories? Do you have a first experience in social media planning?
Big Hearts Community Trust is an award-winning charity based at Tynecastle Park, the home of Heart of Midlothian Football Club in the West of Edinburgh.
Since 2015, our ambitious organisation is committed to changing lives through the power of football, using the reach of the Club’s badge to support groups most in need across the community.
We are recognised as one the leading football charities in Scotland, widely praised for the standard of our support services and the positive social impact generated across Edinburgh.
Our communications strategy plays a key-role in sharing the relevant information to our volunteers, programme participants, community partners and the Hearts supporter base.
To support our organisation's growth, we are delighted to be opening a brand new full-time position within our enthusiastic staff team. This new role will support the programme delivery, communications and fundraising activities of our charity.
The Content and Communications Officer will be responsible for planning and creating high quality and engaging content for Big Hearts' digital and off-line communications channels. Your role will include monitoring social media and bringing compelling stories to life through videos, photos and copywriting.
The ideal candidate will have a proven record in planning and delivering targeted messages through a wide range of collateral, including website, newsletters, infographics, print publications and social media. Two years’ experience in a similar role through employment, voluntary work or student placements would be appreciated.
Reporting to the Engagement and Communications Manager, you will play a key-role in raising the profile of our ambitious charity within the third sector and Scottish football.