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Everton in the Community awarded top honours at NorthWest Football Awards

3 weeks ago

By Jay Hynd

Everton in the Community awarded top honours at NorthWest Football Awards
From left to right - Chair of the Board of Trustees John Jones, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Mike Salla and Chief Executive Officer, Sue Gregory

Everton in the Community clinched the Community Club of the Year award in the Premier League category at the Armstrong Projects NorthWest Football Awards last night.

Everton in the Community, which is the club’s official charity, received the honour at the prestigious annual ceremony at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester in recognition of its outstanding work during the 2021/22 season.

The award reflects the charity’s firm commitment to providing outstanding ‘best in class’ social intervention across Merseyside with the 2021/22 campaign alone seeing Everton in the Community engage with over 20,000 participants across its 52 projects.

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Credit: Everton in the Community

During its award-winning year, Everton in the Community launched a number of new initiatives including a new diabetes prevention project, a health and social care employability programme, and a dedicated wellbeing project to provide tailored support to new and expectant dads.

Last campaign also saw the charity launch its latest project to combat food poverty in the region, with its new Blue Base food pantry supporting over 100 L4 residents a week with the rise in the cost of living by providing communities access to a wide range of top-quality food in return of a small subscription fee.

The accolade was collected on the night by Chief Executive Officer Sue Gregory who reflected on the charity’s successes over the last 12 months.

Everton in the Community
Credit: Everton in the Community

“We are honoured and delighted to win this award and cement our reputation as the Premier League’s Best Community Scheme in the Northwest against some strong competition in the form of Burnley in the Community and LFC Foundation.

“We are a charity that is committed to helping the most underprivileged members of our community and we deliver our 50+ social programmes across the Liverpool City Region, working in some of the most deprived wards in the country. 

“Our programmes and our incredible workforce of staff and volunteers make a significant impact on the lives of those who need us most, but we also make a significant social value contribution to the economy, environment and local community through our ground-breaking work.”

Everton in the Community
Credit: Everton in the Community

Following on from a ground-breaking last 12 months, – the charity has recently embarked on a new and exciting venture in digital learning with the launch of a new Digital Skills Lab in L4 as part of its latest efforts to bridge the education inequality gap of disadvantaged children.

And as well as a dedicated space to inspire communities into STEAM subjects, Everton in the Community will soon be increasing its footprint in L4 with arguably its most significant project to date in The People’s Place – a dedicated mental health and wellbeing hub – close to opening its doors. 

Find out more about Everton in the Community here.

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