With the fear of the coronavirus outbreak, Everton in the
Community have adapted their approach to continue their amazing support to help
the most vulnerable.
After the unfortunate statement released by the charity
confirming that they have had to temporality postpone all sessions and the delivery
of their programmes, EITC have put in place a number of measures to help their participants
during the outbreak.
The charity is implementing a number of measures to help out
in any way possible during the outbreak, while they are unable to provide their
full range of services.
Everton in the Community staff will be keeping in contact
with elderly members of the community who are usually involved in their group
via phone and messages. The contact is to help keep up as much social interaction
Advice and support will also be offered to the elderly
participants for them to express any concerns, while also assisting them with
access to emergency food and care parcels where needed.
Committed to supporting the residents who live in the
one-mile radius surrounding Goodison Park, the neighbourhood team will be
running a phone/text/email service for anyone in that area requiring advice or
support. This can range to matters such as housing, benefits, wellbeing and foodbanks.
Everton FC are also in the process of organising outreach
calls to its most vulnerable fans, by increasing digital communications to
compensate for a reduction in face-to-face interaction.
EITC’s Youth Engagement support team are currently hard at work
identifying vulnerable young people in the community and supporting them. EITC
are also exploring possibilities of setting up ‘virtual hangouts’ for some participants
of programmes that have been postponed over the coming days and weeks.
Due to the unprecedented situation, measures during this
time will be constantly evolving to meet the criteria of those in need.