Everton in the Community and Steve Morgan Foundation Partner On £4m Project

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Everton in the Community and Steve Morgan Foundation will work together on a major £4m project to deliver early intervention programmes in Speke-Garston to specifically tackle the barriers facing young people in attaining a good education and subsequent employment.

The five-year partnership aims to prevent serious violence, tackle gang culture and protect young people from exploitation and inspire them to reach their full potential.

40% of young people aged 16+ in the Speke-Garston area in South Liverpool have no qualifications, almost double the national average of 22%. Furthermore, approximately 40% of children in the area live in poverty. Unemployment rates are also currently more than double the national average, educational attainment rates are lower in the area for Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4 compared to the city average and pupil absenteeism is significantly higher than average.

The ‘Steve Morgan Foundation Community Impact Model' will focus on long-term sustainable change and will see the charity's staff work with children currently with poor school attendance, those at risk of exclusion and with poor attitudes to learning. These children often have low aspirations and low resilience, coping with negative issues in mental and physical health and, increasingly, a propensity to move towards violence and gang culture.

Through embedding staff within target schools and community venues, Everton in the Community will gain a greater understanding of the communities in which the young people live and build trusted relationships to help overcome these barriers and encourage cultural change whilst inspiring young people to aim high and achieve their full potential.

Staff from Everton in the Community began delivery of ‘Steve Morgan Foundation Community Impact Model' in Speke-Garston at the start of the 2020/21 academic year and are working to deliver a range of interventions that target the needs identified across the community, creating individual school action plans and will deliver a combination of large group activities, small group work and tailored one-to-one activities for young people across Key Stages 2, 3 and 4.

EitC CEO Richard Kenyon said: “We are really pleased to partner with the Steve Morgan Foundation and bring our two charities together as we work to significantly improve the work, life and learning opportunities for young people across Speke-Garston.

“The significant funding received from Steve Morgan Foundation will enable us to raise aspirations, increase skills and experiences, promote healthy life choices and create pathways towards positive destination for more than 30,000 young people over a five-year period.

“We are very grateful to Steve and his team of Trustees for their support and their investment which we are certain will have a significant and long-lasting impact in the area for many years to come.”

Steve Morgan, Founder of Steve Morgan Foundation, said: “As someone who was born and lived my early years in Garston I am delighted to be working with Everton in the Community, contributing £2.5 million to the partnership. Both of our charities do an enormous amount of work in Merseyside, particularly working with young people. It will be a privilege to work with Everton over the next five years on a programme with schools in South Liverpool to prevent criminal activity and impact positively on young people, inspiring them to achieve their full potential.

“Everton have a fantastic reputation for the work they do in supporting the local community, they really are The People's Club and I'm very proud that our Foundation is involved with them as we work together to provide a better quality of life for thousands of young people in Speke-Garston.”


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Trevor Powell
1 Posted 09/10/2020 at 17:15:17
Brilliant again. EitC keep proving that the hearts are in the right place and that education is a great preventative medicine. If only Touristpool FC would commit such resources, but then they are the plaything of a US corporation.
Ed Fitzgerald
3 Posted 09/10/2020 at 17:56:58
Never trust a Kopite!
Simon Gilmovitch
9 Posted 10/10/2020 at 18:53:58
How long has the area been under Labour Party control? It's a fucking disgrace.
Ed Fitzgerald
10 Posted 10/10/2020 at 19:04:13
That's right, Simon, blame the Labour Party for rampant social injustice and systemised neglect of inner city areas. What was the Tories master plan for Liverpool back in the day? Oh yeah, managed decline, well fair play to them on that front, goals achieved .

Addendum to earlier post: Never trust a Kopite or a Tory!

Tony Abrahams
11 Posted 10/10/2020 at 19:16:48
It might have even went to the liberals for a bit Simon, because Blair's Labour didn't really sit right with a lot of scousers, but those figures are absolutely scandalous for one of the richest nations in the world.

Maybe Liverpool has always been a funeral pyre to most conservatives though!

Geoff Trenner
12 Posted 10/10/2020 at 19:22:55
Tory or Labour, if the kids and their parents don’t value education.
Jay Harris
13 Posted 10/10/2020 at 20:23:32
It’s just nice to see some initiative from somebody to make the lives of the underprivileged better.

Politics shouldn’t come into it.

Patrick McFarlane
14 Posted 10/10/2020 at 20:41:25
Geoff #12
I partially agree with your thoughts, however, no disrespect to those who do these jobs, how much education is required to be a shop assistant or a burger dispenser, unless and until there is more work that will actually challenge people and is seen as worthwhile and is respected by society, why would the kids or the parents believe that Education is so important.

The minimum wage was supposed to be a safety net to help alleviate poverty, but in the North West and Merseyside it has become normal for the majority of 'ordinary' people to earn the minimum amount per hour. Education by itself doesn't solve the issues which are rife on Merseyside, as those who attain degrees etc have to move South in order to earn a decent wage or if they do choose to stay in the local area they have little chance of advancing their careers to a satisfactory level.

In a money-driven society, it isn't surprising that some kids choose to ignore school and would rather take their chances on the wrong side of the law, having seen some of their parents continually struggle to make ends meet. I don't excuse or condone that choice, but it is understandable why some would choose that particular route.

In the last 40 years, the gap between those that have and the rest has increased year on year and continues to grow at an alarming rate in the developed economies, it cannot continue at that rate without seeing the social issues that have and will continue to beset those economies.

How the politicians and the rich have managed to sell this policy to a significant number of people is beyond my comprehension. It's good that Eitc and Steve Morgan and the like are doing something positive for the local area but it'll need more than that to really address the issues that blight the area and its population. Similar to the minimum wage it's better than nothing I suppose.

Bill Watson
15 Posted 11/10/2020 at 12:05:11

Jay # 13. Politics is the very reason why millions of people are underprivileged.

Patrick #14 has explained why.

The Tories are a marketing triumph in that, for generations, they have persuaded people to vote against their own best interests. A great example was the Liverpool woman who said, during the last election, that she couldn't vote for Corbyn as he wanted to abolish food banks and she relied on them!

Paul O'Neill
16 Posted 11/10/2020 at 14:10:02
#14 Patrick. I'm sorry if this appears rude, but it is absolute nonsense to suggest that people have to move south to have a good job or career. Self evidently. I don't even need to provide individual examples as they are so utterly numerous.

Liverpool was run by Tories in 1979, the Lib Dems in the 90's (who actually did a fairly excellent job) and my own party, Labour, for the rest of the time and now. I'm unsure politics is a useful subject when discussing this. Some people are always going to have low aspirations and EitC is an amazing organisation we should all be very proud of as Blues.

Charles Brewer
17 Posted 14/10/2020 at 18:36:53
Yes, but none of this compares with the great personal sacrifice and effort that Marcus Rashford put in to a couple of tweets is it?

This is not a criticism of Rashford who seems like a good lad, but I think EitC has probably been far more beneficial to actually disadvantaged kids but which we can expect to see on the news. never.

Jay Wood

18 Posted 14/10/2020 at 19:02:00
How pompously condescening, Charles. And false.

Marcus Rashford did a lot more than post a couple of Tweets to achieve the extremely praiseworthy result he did for thousands of disadvantaged families, shaming Bojo's government into reversing a heartless policy.

Why you feel the need to present two admirable causes - Marcus Rashford's initiative and EiTC - in some imagined league table of 'goodness', only you know.

And if you were a bit more attentive you would notice that EiTC generates plenty of media coverage for its ongoing work, contrary to how you wish to paint it.

A grubby little post.

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