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Everrton Veterans Hub

Support for current and ex-service personnel in Knowsley

by Gemma Melling

Everton in the Community’s veteran’s programme is available to serving and ex service personnel.

Everton Veterans Hub (previously known as Knowsley Veterans Hub) caters for all serving personnel and former veterans across the region with the main veteran service being available in Knowsley.

Launched in 2016, the programme predominantly aims to engage ex-service personnel who are at risk of isolation with an array of social activities combined with sport training.

Why is extra support needed?

When servicemen and women return home, they can sometimes find the transition from such a structured, highly disciplined lifestyle to civilian life extremely stressful and it can lead to a host of interlinked problems.

Everton Veterans Hub offers a range of engagement tools, support mechanisms and evidence-based behavioural change methods to improve the lives of veterans and their families.

What has the Veterans Hub done so far?

Some of the achievements include:

  • More than 600 veterans have been supported over the last three years, including 15 with mental health issues. 15 have been supported to prevent them becoming homeless.
  • 13 veterans have been employed as match day stewards and 12 helped to gain new qualifications.
  • Everton Veterans Hub has worked alongside TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Programme for Survivors), FAB (Family Activity Breaks) and Scotty’s Little Soldiers to explore a partnership that support bereaved families in the UK and USA. One example saw a young Everton fan whose life was turned upside down after his father, a serving soldier of 27 years, took his own life in 2017. Everton in the Community, with support from the Club, worked with his family to provide him with a match day experience (Everton versus Tottenham Hotspur), a tour of the stadium and a VIP experience at Finch Farm (Everton’s training facility) where he spent the morning meeting his heroes.

Find out more about the Veterans Hub

For more information on Everton Veterans Hub and how to get involved, email Dave Curtis, Everton Veterans Hub Manager at david.curtis@evertonfc.com.