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Club ready for Coronavirus Community Careline to go live on Monday

21 March 2020

Jim Steele

Preparations for Stevenage Football Club's Coronavirus Community Careline are coming to a head after a busy week in the background ahead of the scheme's launch on Monday 23rd March 2020...

Local people can call 01438 222 222 from 10am on Monday to access the Community Careline and speak to our team.

To give supporters and the public further insight into the work that has been going on over the past week, the Club Offices and next-door Executive Suite have been deep-cleaned and cleared, allowing spread-out work stations for Club staff in project lead positions to work at whilst carrying out the in-office Coronavirus Careline duties.

Using their best-matched skills and experience, staff members across the Club, Foundation and Academy have been carefully allocated to work on either the Foodbank, Community Kitchen, Friendly Chat or Community Service department.

The majority of staff will continue to work from home, ensuring minimal contact over the coming weeks and months. Ample supplies of soap, sanitiser and PPE have been obtained, so that the Club carries out its duties in a safe manner for everyone involved.

For more information on each department and how to get in touch from Monday at 10am, please see below:

The Club's Foodbank team will work closely with all relevant external organisations and local foodbanks to help collect and deliver items of need to those that need them most. 

Thanks to local businesses and suppliers, fridges are fully stocked for the Community Kitchen Service, which will begin taking orders and making deliveries on Monday morning.

As part of the Community Service Team are many of the Club's Foundation and Academy staff members, who are experienced in working amongst the community and will use their skills and links to support as many people as possible.

Finally, the Friendly Chat service is headed by the Club's Health and Wellbeing expert, who is trained in dealing with vulnerable people and those suffering with their mental health.

CEO Alex Tunbridge said, "The support from the community and our own supporters has been fantastic this week, however it is the attitude and enthusiasm from staff of the Club and Stevenage FC Foundation to come together as a collective and help our community, which has been beyond commendable in a week that none of us had expected.

"I have no doubt that next week will bring its challenges for us all. However, together I have every confidence that we will overcome these to provide the key services that we have set up."

Based on the ever-changing situation regarding COVID-19, all details are subject to change and will follow official guidance.

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