Rangers Charity Foundation respond to the pandemic with new initiatives

16 June 2020

Rangers Charity Foundation respond to the pandemic with new initiatives

Rangers Charity Foundation have not stopped working during the pandemic. Adapting their work to the extraordinaire circumstances, they have kept supporting their community.

Even during this challenging time,  Rangers Charity Foundation have kept up their good work, assisting and supporting their local community. Although the Charity had to postpone or cancel many of their initiatives, they successfully helped their supporters by launching several projects. Among their many activities:

  • Contacting a number of Rangers Charity Dream Fund nominees to check up on their wellbeing and to pass on our warm wishes.
  • Delivering outdoor face to face sporting activities at two local hub primary schools where the children of key workers are still attending school.
  • Developing a weekly training schedule along with supporting training video recorded by their community coaches.
  • Sending out a weekly challenge to their Autism Friendly Football and Visually Impaired Football participants.
  • Facilitating a £5,000 donation from The Steven Gerrard Foundation to the local Govan Youth Information Project which will provide funding for three weeks to help extend their daily food service for young people and their families in the Govan area who need this.
  • Sharing information as part of a network of local organisations about vital local services and useful contact numbers for local people in the community who are in need of support or assistance from different services.
  • Helping to ensure that some of the most vulnerable pupils and their families, or those who need additional support at Govan High School are receiving weekly telephone calls from our Govan High Hub Officer Scott Smith.
  • Using the reach of their social media channels to share information about wider services available, including the importance of looking after our mental health.
  • Making sure that the hard-working pupils taking part in our SQA accredited activities will still have their qualifications certificated, ready to help them progress when opportunities are once again available.
  • Developing fun and educational resources for children by creating a weekly series of worksheets and activities.
  • Arranging special individual video messages from Rangers first-team players and the Manager for a number of Dream Fund nominees who are need of a boost.
  • Supporting their International Partner Unicef’s global appeal to help health care workers around the world at this time via their £15,000 donation earlier this season.  This donation could provide 15,000 health care professionals with respiratory masks to help keep them safe at work.
  • Donating bars of chocolate, sweets, crisps, bottles of juice, packets of biscuits and puzzle books for a free Tuck Shop service for patients who are unable to receive visits from loved ones at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
  • The Charity will also receive the ‘Scottish Government Wellbeing Fund’ grant award to support a range of new activities, which they have developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic across various communities.

As it happened in the last weeks, the Rangers Charity Foundation will keep adapting their programmes to the current circumstances.  This includes a digital fundraising later in the year and ‘Blue All Over Fun Run From Home’, which encourages supporters to complete a 5km run in their local area between Monday 22nd and Sunday 28th June.

The Rangers are also thinking about the post-COVID-19 scenario and as the Government restrictions are gradually eased, they are determined to play theirpart in helping those who have been severely affected by this unprecedented crisis.  There will be young people and adults who need our trusted support more than ever before:

  • They will help people to find a job again.
  • They will work with young and often vulnerable young people gain qualifications and confidence on their pathway to employment.
  • They will launch a new programme to offer assistance in coping with mental health challenges.
  • They will raise funds in support of their key charity partner projects.
  • They will offer young people and their families the chance to once again take part in our Autism Friendly and Visually Impaired Football programmes.
  • They will launch two new Hub in the Community initiatives in Drumchapel High School and Knightswood Secondary School, significantly boosting our support for hundreds of young people following the success of our existing initiative at Govan High School.