Liverpool Homeless Football Club is an award-winning FA chartered football club, which helps citizens of Merseyside who struggle with homelessness, drug addiction, violence, legal issues, personal issues and a great deal more. Our organisations motto is “more than just football” and we aim to provide positive experiences for homeless men and women across Merseyside. We offer the chance to build confidence and self-esteem, develop team building and social skills and improve overall health and well-being. Many of our participants are the victims of family breakdown, domestic abuse, alcohol and substance misuse or young people leaving the care system. Some situations result in people becoming depressed, isolated and stigmatised. We use football as a tool for personal development.
How does your organisation contribute to preventing suicide and supporting those affected by it?
Staff training and raising awareness. We raise awareness by holding events engaging with over 25 male hostels and 15 women's hostels across Liverpool city region to educate and engage with people with mental health issues.
What are your current priorities?
- supporting the most vulnerable
- raising awareness around suicide
- keeping staff trained and updated
What challenges are you currently facing?
Our current challenges include:
- having the workforce to engage with more people
- having the resources to be able to deliver more programs