A CHARITY supporting people across Merseyside who are socially isolated or have mental health problems is using National Lottery Funding to help them through the coronavirus crisis.

Repurposing funds from Lottery's Community Fund has enabled Liverpool Homeless FC to deliver hundreds of essential items to those most in need.

The charity was launched in 2007 to help people through sport.

It now offers a range of services to help people to re-build their lives and once again become socially integrated into society.

John Finnigan, chief Executive, said: "The funding has made a huge difference to so many people and we are so grateful.

"We have been taking essential items to those most in need – people who are isolated and suffering with a range of problems.

"Our food parcels include everything from fresh food from local suppliers, to stock cupboard essentials.

"We have people who are cut off from the outside world, without a phone or even a radio.

"We have also been able to support these people.

"We have included phones, TVs, radios and even games in the parcels where appropriate."

The charity also offers virtual counselling and mindfulness sessions to people across the region.

John Finnigan added: "We are overwhelmed with the support and just so happy to be able to make a difference to so many people’s lives.

"Our aim is to help as many people as possible and this funding will enable us to further expand our service."