The club's official charity expect to move into new headquarters this autumn with the completion of The People's Hub next to the Everton Free School on Spellow Lane, while the acquisition of the former St Francis De Sale Parish Club around the corner on Tetlow Way will pave the way for a new seven-day-a-week community centre.
Refurbishment of the current building is planned to create a large open-plan layout to provide a delivery centre for the vulnerable and disabled members of the local community.
On matchdays, the venue will be used as a lounge for disabled supporters, particularly those who may want to avoid the pre-match hustle and bustle of Goodison Park.
Part funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Football Foundation, the People's Hub, meanwhile, will house many of EitC's award-winning projects and offer a safe and nurturing environment for local people to acquire new skills and qualifications as well as cultivating the ambitions of those aspiring to a career in sports coaching, activity leadership and early-years development.
The description of the new projects at evertonfc.com goes on to describe the Hub as follows:
The new purpose-built facility will house all EitC employees and operate a community café which will be open to all as well as a counselling space which will cover a variety of needs.
A Family Zone will be open for local community members to use to socialise or for respite and there will be a Social Zone for younger members of the community to access EitC programmes and facilities including an outdoor sport pitch.
A number of multifunctional programme delivery and meeting rooms will allow for a variety of the charity's programmes to be offered as well as an open-for-all studio which will be utilised to deliver health and wellbeing sessions.
“This will be a fantastic facility allowing us to offer members of our community a safe haven where they can socialise safely; access employment, training, and education and volunteering opportunities; receive support around physical health and provide access for isolated members of our community to engage with us via our programmes,” said Everton in the Community's Executive Chair, Denise Barrett-Baxendale.
"It's important to us that we continue to build on the work of Everton in the Community and remain embedded in our community. While it's much deeper than bricks and mortar, these buildings are a physical demonstration of how we are broadening our work in L4.
"This area has been our home for well over a century and while our stadium may take us elsewhere in the future, a piece of Everton will always remain through our commitment to working with this community.”
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1 Posted 23/09/2016 at 10:33:48
Sadly I am no longer a season ticket holder but maybe they could generate an income by once again renting out parking bays on match days to both Blues and that lot across the park!
Although I hope they level the car park during the redevelopment as it has gotten very uneven over the years!
2 Posted 25/09/2016 at 10:45:27