Scot donates tickets to Liverpool employment seekers.
has further strengthened his bond with the Merseyside community in a unique gesture.
The Everton forward has donated four 2014/15 Season Tickets to local Jobcentreplus branches, who will in turn allow different supporters who are actively seeking work to go to Goodison Park each matchday this term.
Each Christmas since joining the Blues, Naismith has spread festive cheer to the homeless, working with Liverpool's Whitecapel Centre to provide food and shelter.
He makes a similar contribution in his former home, Glasgow, and has also launched a project in the region to help injured service personnel back to mainstream employment.
In talking about his latest initiative, Naismith said: “I come from Ayrshire in the west of Scotland and spent a lot of my life in Glasgow – a city that, at times, has suffered from high unemployment. Historically, a lot of this was the result of a decline in heavy industry and shipbuilding.
“Liverpool has a similar history and I am aware that, through no fault of their own, there are many unemployed in Liverpool trying hard to find a job and may not be able to afford a ticket. I thought this might be a small gesture to help those in that situation to enjoy a day out at one of our league matches.
“Hopefully it can bring some joy to many people. I have asked the Jobcentreplus if they could give the tickets to different job centres across the city each week and select people who are unemployed through no fault of their own, are trying hard to find employment and who would enjoy watching a Premier League football match.
“I am constantly trying to learn more about Liverpool, a city that has become a big part of my life. It is a great city and the people are fantastic. As with most big cities, Liverpool has its challenges and unemployment is one of them.
“I have had friends and family who have been unemployed and I have witnessed the effect this can have on entire families.
“Every day I feel very fortunate for the opportunities and lifestyle my job as a footballer has afforded my family and me and also to be in the position where I can help the community in some small way.”
A Jobcentreplus spokesperson commented: “Jobcentreplus are happy to be working alongside Steven as part of our extensive partnerships across Merseyside. This has produced many positive results for unemployed people across the area and builds on previous successful initiatives with Everton in the Community.”
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