Project Manager, Mark Haig, was contracted by the club to oversee the Action for Health programme together with Assistant Project Manager, Christine Mounsey, who is employed by Anfield Breckside Community Council.
This collaborative management structure has been integral to ensuring the delivery of the Action for Health programme through utilising the expertise of local organisations who have offered wider support for community groups.
Delivery partners include Mersey Fire Service, Healthworks, New Beginnings, Heart of Mersey and Blackburne House. LFC's Community Department and Reduc@te have also been heavily involved, and independent evaluation of the project is being provided by the University of Liverpool. Although the initial programme is coming to an end, the success of the initiative has led to additional funding from Liverpool City Council through the Working Neighbourhoods Fund that will allow a range of activities to continue.
"In delivering the Programme we wanted to embrace the really good work already undertaken by local North Liverpool agencies, community groups and many individuals who often work on a voluntary basis," said Haig, a specialist in health and lifestyle.
"This work is ongoing, credible and valued by the community. Action for Health attempted to offer initiatives that would motivate, encourage and signpost individuals to local initiatives and services.
"It's all about linking the various agencies and getting people to come out and attend these events.
"For example, the health checks have been very well received and identified health problems that people were totally unaware of while introducing them to primary health care services.
"We have been able to develop strong, local networks while monitoring and evaluating each project to ensure there is something tangible and sustainable for people to benefit from.
"As well as working closely with local partners, we have developed some excellent links with external bodies such as the Primary Care Trust and Leisure Services by tailoring some of the projects to fit their agenda as well as our own."
Action for Health is part of the club's commitment to delivering a better quality of life for local people and it is planned for the issues surrounding healthy lifestyles to continue in the Community Partnership Centre to be located within the new stadium.