LFC’s community programme, Red Neighbours, is marking its third birthday today and celebrating successfully supporting over 53,000 local people within the Anfield community.
Since its launch in January 2017, the Red Neighbours team has been working in Anfield and the surrounding postcodes of L4, 5 and 6, helping to address four specific areas of need including, food poverty and education, supporting the elderly community, creating memorable experiences for young people and promoting an active community.
All of the activities and events that Red Neighbours’ delivers have been designed in response to feedback provided by local people following a consultation with key community stakeholders prior to its launch.
The past three years have seen the Red Neighbours team up with Fans Supporting Foodbanks to help collect more to date more than 13,000kg of food and counting on matchdays for the North Liverpool Foodbank in aid of local people in crisis. Not only this, but the team have delivered free breakfast clubs for local families to attend during school half-term and summer holidays – with more than 1,800 local people attending since the programme launched.
November also saw the launch of Walking Football in Kirkby at All Saints Catholic High School, with Liverpool forward Xherdan Shaqiri in attendance. A second location was added due to increasing demand at its sessions in Anfield, which run twice a week – the sessions now run Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s for those young at heart footballers.
Social isolation amongst the local elderly community is another area where the Red Neighbours team have set out to make a difference. The Monday Club, which is a monthly social event at Anfield for residents aged 50+ is as popular as ever, and typically welcomes more than 60 local residents every month.
The team also run regular care home and hospital visits, often alongside LFC staff volunteers who are on hand to help. Every year in December, the team provides a week of three course Christmas lunches, which to date have been attended by over 1,400 local pensioners.
Support for local children within the Anfield region also remains at the heart of those at LFC – with over 3,500 children and young people from 25 local schools welcomed to Premier League games at Anfield as part of Red Neighbours’ school tickets initiative, and 115 terminally ill people and their families have been invited to visit Melwood Training Ground over the past three years.
The future of our youth has also been a focus for the Red Neighbours team who have delivered to date, 12 careers speed networking events at Anfield to educate over 600 youngsters on different career paths within the sports industry and life beyond school. We are developing opportunities in Kirkby, West Derby under the Red Neighbours umbrella and exploring more working opportunities with the LFC Foundation (Club’s Official Charity).