Everton and its official charity have, this evening, launched ‘Blue Family', a coordinated outreach and engagement campaign to maintain contact with fans and provide vital support and assistance to some of the most vulnerable, socially isolated and at-risk members of the community in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 'Blue Family' campaign will maintain and extend the reach of the Club and the charity following the closure of all Club sites, the suspension of football fixtures and the postponement of most community programme delivery.
The Club will be providing £50,000 to fund the launch and initial activities and will be reallocating Club and Community staff to ensure the effective delivery of the campaign with the initial outreach including:
- Fans and members of the community in greatest need contacted by Everton in the Community staff to deliver tailored and focused support, assistance and guidance, including:
- Essential food parcels distribution, including breakfast packs for young children
- Financial assistance for prescription purchases and delivery
- Mobile phone credit for those living alone and with limited support networks
- Support with gas and/or electricity vouchers for those facing increased fuel bills
- Mental health support and advice
- A referral service for access to Everton in the Community's support provision
- Calls from the Everton Fan Centre to thousands of fans to maintain contact and provide a friendly voice to talk to, prioritising the elderly and isolated
- Increased communication through the Club's email, social media and web platforms to share important public information and deliver engaging content for those in isolation
- Exercise and mindfulness videos provided by trained staff from the Club and Everton in the Community
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1 Posted 20/03/2020 at 12:22:42
2 Posted 20/03/2020 at 12:25:34
This is one of the reasons we all love Everton. It's more than just a football club.
Proud to be an Evertonian for 66 years.
Here's wishing every fan and their families a safe journey through these difficult times, take care of yourselves, and each other.
A socially distanced Blue, across the Pond.
3 Posted 20/03/2020 at 13:01:38
Stay safe fellow Blues.
4 Posted 20/03/2020 at 13:26:52
5 Posted 20/03/2020 at 13:45:37
6 Posted 20/03/2020 at 18:58:21
I know many people have already committed, some have already had direct debit payments taken from their bank accounts. However others, like myself, have been waiting until the end of March to make the one-off payment, and now find ourselves concerned at having to fork out £595 when immediate future income is at severe threat (I'm self-employed).
7 Posted 20/03/2020 at 20:25:33
8 Posted 20/03/2020 at 20:55:59
Everton at their peak, unbeaten at home in the FA cup for 10 years. Current FA cup holders and eventual league champions. Won the European Cup Winners Cup, and only denied another FA cup from sheet exhaustion.
Special days from Kendall and Co. Get a beer and enjoy watching Everton on the tv again.
9 Posted 20/03/2020 at 21:01:49
10 Posted 20/03/2020 at 22:03:20
11 Posted 20/03/2020 at 22:05:52
Perhaps we could do some job swaps within the Club?
Anyway - credit where it's due. Dave #4 great to hear it is actually in motion. We often underestimate small gestures like that.
12 Posted 20/03/2020 at 22:15:50
£595? By the time this is all over you'll qualify for the £299 rate for those aged 64+.
13 Posted 20/03/2020 at 00:11:54
Good on Bill Kenwright for spending half an hour on the phone to a housebound elderly lady earlier today and good on Seamus for checking up on another fan via the phone. These are proper ways to support people in need and if the media don't show an interest at least we know what our club is capable of.
14 Posted 21/03/2020 at 09:12:28
15 Posted 21/03/2020 at 09:20:16
What I'd like to see done now is for all premier league clubs to "adopt" a lower league club, or more than one maybe, and for our players to offer to pay the wages of the players of the adopted club.
Imagine the good any one of our players could do by taking even as little as 5% of their current salary and spreading that around to several lower league players who's clubs just can't afford to pay them without games being played.
Everton could adopt Tranmere, for instance, a club we've helped out in the past and our players could pay their wages and not even notice the reduction in their own wage.
This'd make a difference not only to the player but their families and extended families.
16 Posted 21/03/2020 at 10:01:21
Ian @8, if you are suggesting a tribute to Kendall on Sunday, then scotch would be more appropriate.
17 Posted 21/03/2020 at 19:17:21
18 Posted 21/03/2020 at 19:29:42
I think they are working from home
19 Posted 21/03/2020 at 19:35:17
20 Posted 21/03/2020 at 19:48:44
Yes but I can't give them out. They are using the same system on laptops but there could be a problem with security settings working remotely
21 Posted 21/03/2020 at 20:00:29
22 Posted 21/03/2020 at 20:23:44
I'm in the same boat as you but I I have just been on the site to renew and there didn't seem to be a problem
23 Posted 22/03/2020 at 06:14:05
I never thought I would write to the club, but I think I will be doing so today. Very uplifting.
Get paid. Fantastic idea!
24 Posted 22/03/2020 at 06:51:04
Other Clubs are just donating pies and stuff they couldn't sell on a cancelled match day.
Though to be fair, EitC have had structures and community ties in place for a few years now and are well placed to hit the ground running.
25 Posted 22/03/2020 at 07:16:21
26 Posted 22/03/2020 at 07:58:45
Great that our club is doing something both positive and necessary in this hour of need, and I'd like to echo what Darren said, about Brian's post@15.
Nothing has happened yet, it's still very early days in this horrible battle that some people don't seem to fully understand, but I've been thinking about footballers and their sheltered lives, and honestly think people might turn on them when this is all over, if they just carry on taking their obscene wages, and do nothing.
27 Posted 22/03/2020 at 08:21:07
Also, for all the Kenwright bashing, the guy has proven time and time again that he really is one of the decent guys in football. He might have made mistakes, but he frequently makes kind gestures and doesn't seek publicity.
I do echo the post in 15, it would be sad to start seeing clubs go under and criminal to see Premier League players earning more in a week than what would be needed to keep an entire club afloat for a month. The players should follow the clubs lead and support others financially in any way they can.
28 Posted 22/03/2020 at 09:15:24
I'm a bit, or very, illiterate when it comes to using the internet and website. ToffeeWeb is virtually the only site I use, that's why I'm on it so much.
29 Posted 22/03/2020 at 09:43:40
Log in to your account, click on 'Tickets' at the bottom, then, in the Tickets section, scroll down and you will see 'Renew'.
I hope this helps.
30 Posted 22/03/2020 at 09:46:39
"Kenwright doesn't seek publicity" is an absolute cracker... ssshh don't say nothing!
31 Posted 22/03/2020 at 09:51:32
You then see "Welcome. Don't have an account?" If you don't yet have an account and password for Everton, click on "Register now". Enter the details required on the page that next shows.
Or give me you're phone number and I'll talk you through it.
32 Posted 22/03/2020 at 09:53:45
33 Posted 22/03/2020 at 09:56:15
34 Posted 22/03/2020 at 10:03:24
35 Posted 22/03/2020 at 10:14:00
Chelsea has impressively put up NHS staff in a club hotel at Stamford Bridge, the two Manchester clubs have each coughed up £50,000 for local food banks, but one club is head and shoulders above the rest in the steps they have taken.
Proud to be Blue.
36 Posted 22/03/2020 at 10:29:52
Amazing they can find so much space to describe the fact that Liverpool as a club has done... errrrr, fuck-all!!!
37 Posted 22/03/2020 at 10:36:21
“Here's that score, I owe youâ€ usually breaks the spell, but that won't work if you're on the phone to him though, so best of luck, mate!
38 Posted 22/03/2020 at 10:41:35
When it opens by saying Klippity wrote to all the fans in support of suspending the PL you kinda know the rest is going to be underwhelming.
39 Posted 22/03/2020 at 10:43:40
As I understand it, he only uses cash and there's nobody at Everton to accept that?
40 Posted 22/03/2020 at 10:48:10
Also how fans are taken for granted, ticket prices, timings of games... They've not mentioned VAR yet! Or the Arteta money. Very much against games played behind closed doors
It mirrors the reaction of a right-wing Tory government adopting Keynesian economics, and behaving like the 1945 Labour Government (up to a point).
Chance of a reset? Answers on a postcard
41 Posted 22/03/2020 at 10:49:06
42 Posted 22/03/2020 at 10:51:36
Just got back from a walk, never had so many people saying "Good morning, how are you?"
43 Posted 22/03/2020 at 10:52:56
Community spirit making a comeback?
44 Posted 22/03/2020 at 10:54:13
Thanks for trying to help, though, Brent, but, if you've heard of the term “No good deed-goes unpunishedâ€, then you will be glad your help is not needed â€” just yet!
45 Posted 22/03/2020 at 10:56:21
46 Posted 22/03/2020 at 10:57:47
47 Posted 22/03/2020 at 11:01:00
48 Posted 22/03/2020 at 11:55:16
49 Posted 22/03/2020 at 12:07:14
My ambition, as a kid was to be the first Scouse Pope, but I did have sticky fingers, when I was a kid, so that ambition got shelved, and I resigned myself not to think about Rome and the Vatican, they'll never know what they missed.
50 Posted 22/03/2020 at 12:18:30
To be honest the day they make it a cashless society, I'll be bleedin' knackered. Mind you I'll be made up not being able to spend any money!!
You'll have to help me out then, Tony!!
51 Posted 22/03/2020 at 13:30:12
52 Posted 22/03/2020 at 13:33:59
They've cancelled Mass here. The Diocese of St Augustine is actually live-streaming the Mass on YouTube.
Show time in an hour. It'll be a very weird thing.
53 Posted 22/03/2020 at 14:02:09
Contact less card payments?
54 Posted 22/03/2020 at 14:22:03
A miracle will occur.
55 Posted 22/03/2020 at 19:22:40
Like the donation to Speedo Mick, didn't see many others doing that.
The countless stories about phoning fans, paying for travel, letting people in the directors boxes who were stranded. The offer to save Bury wasn't leaked by him. This is just in the last year.
You might loath him (don't know if you do) and he obviously does some stuff for publicity, but a lot goes unnoticed.
56 Posted 22/03/2020 at 19:43:50
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