A Supporters Trust package – potentially amounting to more than £2,000 during the next six months - will support the Community Trust to deliver a new phone call based befriending project, as part of the response to the continuing impact of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The project aims to support older adults and vulnerable people within the community by providing regular phone contact through a club or community member of staff. It also aims to raise spirits and combat social isolation.
The money for the Community Trust will come from the monthly profit returned by the Supporters Trust’s Club 500 fundraiser.
The Community Trust has moved quickly to address the needs of the Northamptonshire community at what is a challenging time for the whole country.
The befriending programme forms part of a wider support offer implemented in response to local needs. which also includes a free mental health first aid hotline for teachers in partner schools.
Andy Roberts, chairman of the Supporters Trust, said: “We are keen to support the needs of older and vulnerable Cobblers fans who may find themselves increasingly isolated in the next few months, especially without their regular football fix.
“We discussed how best we could offer this support and concluded that monthly donations would enable the Community Trust to deliver this valuable programme and support the great work they do with the Cobblers football family.
“And we thought it would be a great fit if the money we handed over amounted to the monthly profits we make from our Club 500 scheme.
“That way everyone plays a part in offering support as well as getting the chance to win a good cash prize each month.
"And the more people who are in Club 500, the bigger the prizemoney and the bigger the donation to the Community Trust.”
If you are interested in signing up to Club 500 – and supporting the Community Trust as well as the Supporters Trust - please visit our website at www.ntfctrust.co.uk or email organiser firstname.lastname@example.org
And please email the Trust at email@example.com with further suggestions as to how we can support elderly and vulnerable Cobblers fans at this time.