The Heart to Heart Story

Heart to Heart was created in 2003 by Sheena Orr and Lynne Murray, who both have personal experience of the negative effects of divorce. Based in the Stirling town of Callander they started to support each other first and were surprised to discover there was no other organisation in Scotland offering support specifically for those suffering with the emotional effects of divorce and/or separation.

Rooted in faith, open to all

Both Sheena and Lynne are Christian ladies and because of that Heart to Heart is rooted in a Christian ethos. The work of Heart to Heart is based on a scripture in Isaiah where we are called to "comfort the broken hearted". Like many faith based charities and organisations our desire is to care for and support others regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation. We avoid discrimination on any grounds as we offer accessible services to as wide a range of people in need as possible and ensure that their views are fully represented. Faith is not focused on in our support and so our support is for those of any faith or none.

Heart to Heart fully subscribes to the principles of social welfare and social inclusion as set out by the Scottish Government and the NHS. These commit Heart to Heart to promote opportunities, support stronger families, promote inclusion and tackle barriers to it.

Central Scotland and beyond

Our head office is still in Callander but Heart to Heart has grown from an informal group of volunteers into an organisation which is increasingly recognised as providing a unique and much needed service in Scotland. Our support is facilitated by trained volunteers and as such our service is completely mobile. At the moment we have volunteers from Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh but our aim is to deliver support wherever there is a need.

Partnerships and funding

We work with a range of partner organisations, companies, charities and faith groups. We are always happy to discuss ways of working with others to reach the most vulnerable in every community. We are funded by grants and donations from funding bodies and trusts - this enables us to offer our service free of charge but as a charity we are always happy to receive donations. We do not want finances to be a barrier to someone receiving support, but equally if our clients are happy to donate that is good too!

At the moment we are funded by youngstart, Go For It, Voluntary Action Fund, The Robertson Trust, Comic Relief, The Baird Trust, The Souter Charitable Trust and Callander Kirk. We are so grateful to those that support us financially and in kind. It is only through their generosity that we are able to offer life changing support to those in dark and difficult times. 

We are a member organisation and a registered Charity (Scottish Charity No SC000117). If you would like to become a member of our organisation you can find out more on the I'd like to help page.