Since postponing their projects across the community back in March, Saints Foundation has been busy looking to do what they can to serve our city.
Saints fans who had season tickets for the remaining four Premier League fixtures of the season can donate their refunds to Saints Foundation and help them support those who are vulnerable in the community.
Every year, they work with more than 18,000 people in the city to ensure they are more involved, healthier and empowered members of society as they continue to transform lives in and around Southampton.
Now more than two months has passed, and the work has not stopped. Their volunteering partnership with FareShare has seen more than 750 hours now completed by members of staff from not just the Foundation, but also from the wider club.
They have had seven ex-Saints step up to help us at the Totton-based food bank, including Matt Le Tissier, James Beattie and Brian Howard. At the stadium, Southampton FC chefs have prepared more than 10,000 meals for those who need it in our city.
Away from FareShare, their Prescription Delivery Service has also been making strides. With the support of Southampton City Council and the city’s NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, they are in daily contact with pharmacies across Southampton, helping to get vital medication to those most vulnerable in our community.
More than 886 deliveries have now been made by 24 members of the Saints Foundation team. Along with that, they have also made sure that more than 500 exercise books have been handed out to those older adults looking to stay active whilst unfortunately isolated.
They have also been in the ‘classroom’. Our Community Champions team, usually working within eight secondary schools in the city, have been busy engaging with more than 125 students. The Personal Development Project, a two-week virtual course with a Princes Trust qualification gained, saw great turnout online as it built students’ understanding of personal skills whilst preparing them for further education, apprenticeships or other work-based learning.
Keeping connected with their participants has also been vital. More than 2,730 calls have now been made to participants – pivotal to making sure they are healthy and staying engaged with their projects. Alongside this, 14 challenges have been launched online as well as FIFA tournaments for Saints Kicks participants.
During this difficult time, Saints Foundation has been at the forefront of efforts to keep the club connected with its supporters and its city. Head here to find out more about their work.