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Everton have tonight officially launched a campaign to generate the money needed to create ‘The People’s Place’.
Everton manager Marco Silva has given his backing to a major club fundraising drive that will help build a mental health facility in the shadows of Goodison.
The Blues, along with club charity Everton in the Community, have tonight officially launched a campaign to generate the money needed to create ‘The People’s Place’.
Silva and the first-team squad have already offered their support to the project which will eventually see a brand new facility, subject to planning permission, sit adjacent to £1.2m People’s Hub on Spellow Lane – just 500 yards from Goodison.
The latest long-term fundraising drive comes after Everton’s Home is Where The Heart Is campaign which saw David Unsworth’s under-23s squad take a lead role in generating £230,000 to buy a house to help young adults at risk of homelessness.
Everton’s new aim is to build and maintain a purpose built facility that is a site for the delivery of mental health programmes as well as advice for those in need of other services.
And the campaign, which will begin this season, has received the backing of Blues boss Silva.
“Since the first day I arrived at the club, everyone talked to me about the Everton Family,” he said.
“We are more than just a club, we are a family”.
“We want to keep creating this fantastic connection between us and our fans and all of the community.
“We want to support them, and we want to give them something back.
“This People’s Place project is important to us as a club. Me and my staff are here to support and do everything we can.”
Everton chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale added: “Everton in the Community’s award-winning mental health provision is regularly recognised on an international and national stage, yet we recognise the major need in our community – and beyond – to further develop, enhance and evolve our current provision.
“Mental illnesses, unlike physical injuries, are invisible to everyone but to those experiencing them. Their reality is no different and no less painful. Many people suffer in silence, unaware that helpful and supportive treatments are available. Our new facility will work to encourage people to talk more freely and will operate an open-door policy to anyone needing to talk.
“There is a real demand for this in our city and our community. Since we opened the People’s Hub we have had people walk through our door seeking mental health support and I’m proud to say we have supported those individuals. Residents in Liverpool, members of the L4 community and our fans see us a beacon of hope and support.
“Working alongside colleagues at the club, Everton in the Community (EitC), external partners, patrons, our supporters and residents we plan on using our skills, expertise and profile to fulfil our aim of building a facility that will help save the lives of people suffering with mental health issues.”
The campaign will see Everton work with national mental health charity Chasing the Stigma and ‘The People’s Place’ will provide an “overarching service to anyone, regardless of age, gender, or location, to promote positive mental health and support relating to suicide awareness and prevention,” the club say.
The services available at the facility will then offer pathways into one of EitC’s programmes or towards external support.
And as part of the campaign Everton and EitC has also made a commitment to equip all staff with an understanding of mental health through accredited training; educating them on mental health and how best to identify if someone is struggling with mental health issues and where and how to signpost them to support.