Everton in the Community has joined forces with the member organisation that represents the professional and building service community across the city region, Professional Liverpool, to help provide support for communities throughout the city region.
The unique collaboration will run until the end of 2021 and will see Professional Liverpool adopt Everton in the Community as its Charity of the Year, hosting and participating in a number of fundraising initiatives and volunteering opportunities to raise vital funds to further develop the charity’s 40+ social programmes that support those most in need, tackling issues such as poverty, mental health, education and employability.
Professional Liverpool provides innovative opportunities for its members to learn, connect, belong and grow, and will work with the charity to host a series of themed networking events for members based around their shared agendas of mental health and wellbeing, social mobility and equality and diversity.
The events will utilise speakers from Everton in the Community as well as key players from Liverpool City Region’s professional community, giving the charity a chance to showcase the breadth of its life-changing and life-saving work.
Andrew Ruffler, chief executive of Professional Liverpool, said: “We’re delighted to be announcing our collaboration with Everton in the Community, which we see as essential in helping us build a stronger organisation that has a positive impact on the people we employ, work with, and represent.
"Through this collaboration, we are hoping to not only bolster the amazing work Everton in the Community is doing across LCR, but also enabling our members to support and participate in a number of activities which will deepen their engagement and understanding of important issues like social mobility, and promote positive wellbeing during these challenging times we’re experiencing.”
Lesley Beattie, Director of Development, from Everton in the Community, said: ”We are thrilled to be working with Professional Liverpool, an organisation that shares our vision and values especially during such challenging times.
“Now more than ever, our work is integral to improving the lives of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable in our community, and by Professional Liverpool naming Everton in the Community as its Charity of the Year, they are working in tandem with us to improve the health, wellbeing and life chances of those across the region. We hope with the help of Professional Liverpool to be able to introduce the work of our charity to the wider professional business community.”
Established in 1988, Everton in the Community has grown to be one of the UK’s top sporting charities, helping more than 26,000 vulnerable families and individuals across the Liverpool city region during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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