Welfare and Safeguarding 

Radio City Talk about Purps Mental Health Day

Mike Caulfield, COLFC's Chief Welfare Officer, along with Owen Cottrell from State Of Mind, were invited along to Radio City Talk to join Mick Coyle and Lizzi Doyle to promote and discuss Saturday's positive mental health fixture v Ashton Atheltic.


Mike said "Massive thanks to Mick Coyle and Lizzi Doyle for inviting us onto City Talk this afternoon! It was great to chat about mental health, promote Saturday’s fixture and also hear again the great work that State of Mind do from Owen Cotterell" Click the link to see the interview in full.

Match of the World Mental Health Day

Today, the 10th of October, is World Mental Health Day.

City of Liverpool F.C. prides itself on being an organisation that has the welfare of all involved at heart and will always endeavour to promote inclusion and positive mental health and general well-being.
To mark the occasion the club have decided to make their upcoming Macron Cup 1st Round fixture against Ashton Athletic, on Saturday the 20th of October as a day to promote positive mental health.

We are honoured to have Chasing the Stigma and State of Mind as our two dedicated charities for the day and we will be holding a bucket collection to support these organisations in the amazing work that they do in promoting positive mental health and suicide prevention.

Our main club sponsor, Regenda Homes, have generously provided the players with warm up t-shirts which will carry a positive message. We are also planning to hold a balloon release immediately prior to kick off of 50 purple balloons each carrying a card with a positive message and also resources that could be used by anyone who feels that they need support with their mental health.  There will be an opportunity for any members or supporters in attendance to write a personal message on a card and then be able to release that balloon should they so wish.

We are also able to provide a safe space for anyone who may want to talk in more depth as events like this can provide opportunity to support those in need.

All in all we are hoping for this to be a great event that reinforces the work that we do as a club and the wider community, and can continue to be a standard bearer for positive mental health promotion.
It would be great to see all there so please bring along your family, friends and anyone else who would like to support the event.

See you all on the 20th!

Mike (Club Welfare Officer)

Purps Are Officially 'On The Ball' 

As officially announced on the Purps Welfare twitter page (@ColfcWelfare), we are proud to announce that City Of Liverpool FC is a supporting the 'On The Ball' campaign which aims to provide free sanitary care products at the club on match days. 


The On The Ball movement was set up by 3 Celtic FC Fans, Orlaith, Erin and Mikaela, who successfully campaigned for free sanitary product provision at their own club. Now, their goal is for other teams to follow Celtic’s example and get #OnTheBall. 


COLFC Director Cathy Long, was keen for the Purps to support of this campaign “we saw the On the Ball campaign and immediately thought it made sense for us to do it. We love seeing fans take the initiative and we’re happy to follow their lead. It’s an important issue and one the whole board supports”.


Remember to follow our Clubs Welfare and Safeguarding twitter account for ongoing help, info and support in all wellbeing matters. 


The Stay Alive app is a suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.

Suggested Viewing/Reading

FA Cup: Ex-Everton midfielder George Green on self-destruction and depression

BBC Sport Website

21 Sep 2018


FA Cup opponents Chester FC player discusses his battle with suicide, depression and addiction.

Horizon: Stopping Male Suicide

BBC iPlayer

22 Aug 2018


Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50 in the UK - causing more deaths in this group than car accidents, and even more than cancer. This means that the most likely thing to kill Dr Xand Van Tulleken is himself. And he wants to know why. In this sensitive film, Xand finds out what we know about why people develop suicidal thoughts, and whether there is anything that we can do about it.

‘The rat in my head that won't stop’

7 Feb 2018

Accrington Stanley striker Billy Kee speaks openly about his struggle with severe anxiety and depression.

City of Liverpool Football Club seeks to be an inclusive footballing expression of our city region identity, community owned and operated and providing a foundation for grassroots football to thrive and grow.


Our promise:

  • We will give you a warm and friendly welcome
  • We take pride in ourselves and our surroundings
  • Your safety is our priority
  • We will go the extra mile to help you
  • We want you to have a great day at COLFC



Providing a safe and positive environment for everyone involved is a vital aspect of any club’s operations. City of Liverpool FC takes its responsibilities very seriously in this regard, and in particularly where children and adults at risk are present at any club-led activities.


All participants and visitors to club activity have the right to feel safe and to be safe. Wherever they come into contact with the Club they will be treated equitably with dignity and respect. All our members of the Club workforce have a duty to keep children and adults at risk safe and to help protect them from abuse or harm.


Click on the files below to download the City Of LIverpool FC Safeguarding Policies, Code of Conduct & Equality & Inclusion policy.

Season 2019/20 Safeguarding Policy
COLFC Safegaurding Policy Review July201[...]
Microsoft Word document [103.5 KB]
COLFC Respect Code Of Conduct Document
COLFC Respect Document NWCFL Copy.doc
Microsoft Word document [202.5 KB]
COLFC Equality & Inclusion Policy, August 2018
COLFC Equality and Incl Policy 08 18.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [44.3 KB]

Further information

UK Mental Health and General Helplines:


CALM: 0800 58 58 58
Childline: 0800 11 11
Maytree: 0207 263 7070
Mind: 0300 123 3393 (9am-6pm Mon-Fri) or info@mind.org.uk
Papyrus: 0800 0684141

Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line: 0300 5000 927 (10am-2pm Mon-Fri) or info@rethink.org

Samaritans: 116 123 or jo@samaritans.org
The Mix: 0808 808 4994 (11am-11pm Free to Call)
Veterans UK: 0808 1914 218
YoungMinds: 0808 802 5544

Liverpool City Council Careline: 0151 233 3700

Merseyside Police: 0151 709 6010 or 999 in an emergency

Here is a list of related organisations and websites which can provide further information.



Every six seconds, somebody contacts us. Ten times a minute, we can help someone turn their life around. That’s a privilege, and a huge responsibility.

We know we can help people before it's too late.

State Of Mind


The State of Mind programme was established in 2011 with the aim of improving the mental health, wellbeing and working life of rugby league players and communities. 

Providing suicidal crisis support for young men



We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

The Lee Cooper Foundation


We are a group ran by teenagers, for teenagers and our aim is to spread awareness and end the stigma around mental health. Also to help those who need someone to talk to and aid them in any way we can.  #letschat

Hub of Hope


The Hub of Hope is a first of its kind, national mental health database which brings together organisations and charities, large and small, from across the country who offer mental health advice and support, together in one place.

Zero Suicide Alliance


The Zero Suicide Alliance is a collaboration of NHS trusts, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond. We are ultimately concerned with improving support for people contemplating suicide by raising awareness of and promoting FREE suicide prevention training which is accessible to all.

BBC Actionline


Provides Information and Support for all issues that may have appeared in recent programmes

Time To Change


We are Time to Change, the growing social movement changing how we all think and act about mental health. Still too many people are made to feel ashamed or isolated because they have a mental health problem but we're here to change that.

O2 and NSPCC


The internet is like a magician's hat. And if you're worried what your kids will find inside, our free advice will help you keep them safe online.


Chief Welfare Officer


Mike Caulfield




Mike, who has been a member of the club since 2016, has always undertaken this role in an informal way on COLFC’s behalf. Mike is an Advanced Practictioner in Mental Health for the NHS and has previously led the focus group that created the club’s Respect policy and has assisted club members who have needed support. 

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