Friday 19 October 2012

Imagine Your Goals

One of the delights of our recent Movin' On Up Snowdon Challenge was bumping into Hafal's former Chair Peter Davey and family at the Basecamp Bash in Llanberis. Anybody who knows Peter will be aware that as well as having a great track record of supporting people with a mental illness in Wales he is a Liverpudlian by origin and a longstanding and stalwart supporter of the Blues.

Peter draws my attention to the excellent work that his club is doing on mental illness through their charitable arm "Everton in the Community". Since 2007 the club has developed a major project "Imagine Your Goals" employing a full-time officer and creation of a mental health football league which regularly supports over 150 people.

Yesterday Everton in the Community was named "Charity of the Year" in the prestigious Charity Times awards, not least for its work on mental health.

See this link for more details of this remarkable initiative which is a credit to Merseyside's leading club (4th in the Premier League while the Reds languish at 14th as former Swans manager Brendan Rogers wonders why he moved there).