Everton in the Community works all year round to tackle poverty and homelessness across the city with a number of initiatives all with the aim of helping those in need.
Over the past four years the Club’s official charity has been running a homeless football project in partnership with Whitechapel to inspire and motivate individuals across Merseyside. The organisation has used the charity’s feel-good factor to inspire confidence to change lives through providing positive lifestyle options via weekly football and gym sessions.
Staff and apprentices from the charity’s Youth Engagement strand have coached the team since the initiative’s inception; the team is made up of those affected by homelessness between the ages of 18-50. Through the programme individuals have improved their health, while also gaining opportunities in employment and/or education with the Club’s official charity.
The 2013/14 season saw the charity host its first ever People’s Picnic at Goodison Park and throughout the season, Everton in the Community opens the doors of Goodison Park to assist local families who have fallen on hard times and helps some of the city’s most deserving groups, including participants from a number of Everton in the Community programmes, as well as a number of local charities. The People’s Picnic offers these groups a hot meal, an evening of entertainment and the opportunity to take home items from the charity’s food bank.
March 2015 saw Goodison Park host the North West’s first CEO Sleepout and Denise Barrett-Baxendale climbed into her sleeping bag to join other leading business executives from across Merseyside in a bid to continue the charity’s quest to tackle poverty and homelessness throughout the city.
Ran in partnership with Church Urban Fund and Together Liverpool, CEO Sleepout saw leading business figures from across the city come together to sleep outdoors for one night and raise vital funds for some of the poorest and most marginalised people in Merseyside.
Established as the Church of England’s response to poverty, Church Urban Fund set up the Together Network to enhance the work of local churches and provide support so they can reach even further and change things for the better.
Working with Together Liverpool and the Diocese of Liverpool, Church Urban Fund have already supported nearly 400 projects in Liverpool Diocese to a value of £4.2million. They work at a national and local level and bring churches, Christians and others together to tackle poverty and transform lives.