Everton in the Community is one of the UK's top sporting charities and firmly established on the world stage of community sports development. As the Blues' official charity it is considered one of the Premier League’s leading community schemes due to the quality and reach of its various programmes.
Since 1988, Everton in the Community has been at the forefront of social intervention across Merseyside, not afraid to tackle issues which others shied away from.
Through its 120 dedicated full-time staff, 72 casual staff and 144 volunteers, the charity offers 60 programmes covering a range of social issues including health, employability, anti-social behaviour, crime, education, dementia, poverty, youth engagement, youth justice and disability.
Operating 7 days a week, 365 days a year, Everton in the Community supports the most vulnerable and underprivileged members of local communities, and the charity aims to instil confidence in others by creating life-changing opportunities. Thousands of people have already benefited from the magnificent work they do.
The charity's work is vast and includes providing routes into education, training and employment, steering young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour and engaging children and adults, regardless of ability, in physical activity. In addition to helping individuals, Everton in the Community helps other charitable groups improve the lives of local people.
The Blues’ official charity is proud of its impressive achievements which include:
- Supporting 2,000 local charities a year
- Contributing to a 65% reduction in anti-social behaviour and a 79% reduction in crime in challenging areas across Merseyside
- 100% success rate on all education programmes
- Assisting almost 50% of participants on the employment programme to return to work
- 14 disability teams
Everton’s community department has scooped a whole host of prestigious regional, national and international awards, beating off stiff competition from other big name brands and charities along the way.
Since 2010, the Club's official charity has claimed over 80 accolades, which include the 'Community Club of the Year' award for the last four years at the Northwest Football Awards.
Success on the continent has also been forthcoming, as displayed in 2011 when Everton in the Community was named 'Best Community Scheme in Europe' at the StadiumBusiness Awards and was recently awarded an 'Outstanding Achievement Award' at the 2014 StadiumBusiness Awards.
None of this fantastic and life-changing work would be possible without the kindness shown by our loyal supporters. Everton in the Community relies heavily on donations and fundraising to be able to deliver their vital programmes to improve the lives of vulnerable and underprivileged people across Merseyside.