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TOGETHER WE STAND

BACK in February, when Kevin Robinson-Hale created Everton Together to bring a sense of community to the Everton area, he did not imagine the project would adopt an even more significant community purpose - following the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19.

Kevin, 34, is the former Chairman of Everton Labour,. He recently stepped down to focus on Everton Together, a project very close to home.

“I’ve lived in Everton all my life,” he explains. “So has my dad and my late grandfather, who would have been 100 this year. Everton is one of the most deprived areas in the whole of Europe. The area has endured bad investment and a high level of unemployment, and more recently people have had trouble with their Universal Credit.”

Kevin and Everton Together have been working closely with West Everton Community Council’s food bank, which is one of the 1,200 UK food banks supported by The Trussell Trust, a charity which provides emergency food and compassionate, practical support to people in crisis.

The WECC food bank has also set up a delivery scheme to ensure that the elderly and vulnerable have access to much needed amenities during the COVID pandemic.

Everton Together will also provide further help and support via Liverpool City Council’s Volunteer Scheme, and is encouraging locals people of all ages to get involved.

All of which demonstrates the sheer resilience of Everton Together, whose launch event was postponed until further notice due to strict social distancing measures.

“I wanted to show solidarity with these countries where being LGBTQ+ is not accepted, and highlight that the LGBTQ+ community still has a long way to go in order to achieve equality for all."

“To celebrate Trans Day of Visibility, we organised our launch event at the Liverpool Irish Centre on Boundary Lane in Everton,” Kevin tells us. “It was meant to include poetry readings and speeches from Councillors Jane Corbett and Maria Toolan, plus members of the Trans community.

“BBC Radio Merseyside offered to interview us about our launch. But we’ve had to follow the government’s advice and postpone the event to a later date, which will be arranged once the lockdown finishes.”

Kevin had also planned another LGBTQ+ project for Everton Together, as part of Liverpool Pride 2020 – but that has also been postponed.

“I wanted a block of 13 people, all dressed in black and wearing anonymous white masks, to carry a flag representing each of the 13 countries where being LGBTQ+ is punishable by death.

“I wanted to show solidarity with these countries where being LGBTQ+ is not accepted, and highlight that the LGBTQ+ community still has a long way to go in order to achieve equality for all.

“Despite these trying times, Kevin is determined to get more people involved with Everton Together, so they can give a disadvantaged community a voice.

“To make more people aware of Everton Together, I do a radio show called ‘An hour with Kev and guests’ via Access North West,” he explains. It goes out on Thursdays at 10am and is repeated on Saturdays at 11am. The more people we can communicate with for this project the better.”