Everton in the Community's collaborative work with Edge Hill University and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust has been recognised with the ‘Cross-Sector Partnership’ prize at the Charity Times Awards.
The Blues collected the accolade at London's Park Plaza Hotel Westminster Bridge on Wednesday evening.
Now in its 18th year, the Charity Times Awards celebrate best practice in the UK charity and not-for-profit sector, honouring the outstanding professionals in the many and varied fields of charity management.
Everton in the Community’s Director of Health and Sport, Michael Salla, said: “Our pioneering provision to tackle social, health and economic challenges facing Merseyside would not be possible without high-quality, cross-sector partnerships.
“Our long-standing collaboration with Edge Hill University and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust has led to the development of an innovative sport, physical activity and mental health programme covering the entire life course.”
Mersey Care Executive Director Elaine Darbyshire added: “I am especially delighted that, in the run up to World Mental Health day this year, Mersey Care’s work with Everton to provide pioneering mental health and physical activity programmes has been acknowledged at such a prestigious level.
“The success of this programme is achieved through the hard work and dedication all the staff, volunteers and partners such as Edge Hill University, which has meant that we have been able to make a real difference to the wellbeing and lives of hundreds of people who use our services, as well as their carers and their families.”
Professor Andy Smith from Edge Hill University said: “As the academic partner of Everton in the Community and only university on this year’s Charity Times Awards shortlist, we are delighted that the impact of Edge Hill’s research and commitment to improving the lives of others through our co-produced programmes continues to be recognised so prominently.
“We are also especially proud to be associated with the hugely impressive and innovative work that Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust does as we work collaboratively across the sectors to tackle some of the most pressing social and health challenges of the 21st century.”
EitC’s unique cross-sectoral partnership with Edge Hill University and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust has produced a comprehensive programme that is research-led, co-designed with service users and provides cost-effective delivery and numerous benefits to thousands of participants.
The programme - a first of its kind - provides preventative, early-intervention, management and treatment of mental illness.