Partnership generates £35.6million for Speke-Garston

EVERTON in the Community has announced that its delivery of the ‘Steve Morgan Community Impact Model’ in Speke-Garston has generated £35.6million of total social value since its launch in March 2020.

Made possible by the multi-million-pound funding received from the Steve Morgan Foundation, the Club’s official charity delivers early intervention programmes in Speke-Garston to protect young people from exploitation and inspire them to reach their full potential, and it is thanks to EitC’s significant work in South Liverpool as to why the Impact Model was additionally rolled out across Liverpool 4 and South Sefton last July.

Reflecting on the success of the charity’s delivery in Speke-Garston alone, an independent report by socio-economic specialists, RealWorth found that for every £1 spent to deliver the Impact Model, £17.78 of social value was created for society*. As a result, EitC has generated a remarkable £35.6million of total social value in the last three years from March 2020 to December 2023.

Elsewhere, whilst the report shows that the Impact Model has reduced anti-social behaviour and vulnerability to gangs, improved physical and mental well-being and boosted self-confidence amongst the young people in Speke-Garston, elevated academic achievements and developments in work and life skills were associated with over half of the total social value.

What’s more, one of the key findings specifically highlighted how the reading ages amongst local secondary school pupils increased by an average of eight to 16 months within just 12 weeks of EitC’s Impact Model delivery. These findings were supported by the fact that the charity also contributed to wider school changes in Speke-Garston, including improved Ofsted ratings in two of the three high schools it works in, in an area where 40% of young people aged 16+ have no qualifications.

Meanwhile, despite both young people and children being listed as the two main beneficiaries of the Impact Model, the report also reflected the wrap-around support for families connected to the Impact Model as well, with them benefitting from £2million of the total social value in this analysis.

To date, more than 17,000 individuals across Speke-Garston have been supported resulting in significant improvements in mental wellbeing, developments in skills and knowledge, and increases in attendance and engagement in school. And from March 2023 to March 2024, EitC has delivered targeted interventions to over 5,000 young people in 11 schools and multiple community venues.

Sue Gregory, CEO at EitC said:

“We’ve been working with the Steve Morgan Foundation since 2020 delivering their Impact Model, and the results that we’ve seen in Speke-Garston during that time is astounding. The findings from the RealWorth report speak for themselves; to have generated over £35million in total social value in just three years shows the significant value the Impact Model has had on the lives of so many young people across South Liverpool. We look forward to continuing this work with the Steve Morgan Foundation and seeing what the next three years bring.”

Liam Eaglestone, CEO of the Steve Morgan Foundation added:

“Originally inspired by Steve Morgan’s desire to give back to the community where he was born, we are delighted that the Impact Model has already changed the trajectories of so many young people living in our region. Our partnership with Everton in the Community highlights the Foundation’s approach to providing long-term secure funding, underpinned by very practical support and expertise and, we too, are excited to see the impact it has over the coming years.”