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Everton supporting refugees on Merseyside

25 Jun 2017
Everton in the Community, Jacob

Find out how Everton in the Community helps refugees and asylum seekers settle in Liverpool

For the last two years, Everton in the Community (EitC) and the Red Cross have been helping refugees and asylum seekers settle and form friendships in Liverpool.

More than 250 refugees from around 25 countries have been engaged in weekly drop-in and football sessions run by EitC, providing participants with regular physical activity which in turn breaks down language barriers and feelings of isolation and loneliness.

To mark Refugee Week, participants at Everton's community hub in Walton were interviewed about their experiences and hopes for the future as part of the British Red Cross Refugee Week Conversations Project.

"Going to football does help because you know more people, different people," says Jacob, who fled Kenya after being attacked by a gang.

"Coming from a different country to a new area where you know no-one, football brings us all together."

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