The award-winning Youth Engagement programmes delivered by Everton in the Community work to empower our young people to tackle current social issues that are prevalent across Merseyside today and encourage community cohesion.
The charity works tirelessly to bring groups of young people together from many different backgrounds to learn from each other and inspires individuals to make positive, impactful life choices by steering them into paths of education and employment.
The pioneering programmes delivered by Everton in the Community extend beyond helping young people take positive alternative routes into education; these programmes also save the taxpayer money by helping to reduce the amount of anti-social and criminal incidents the police and youth justice system deal with across Merseyside.
Safe Hands is a five-year project that targets young offenders in the Merseyside area, aiming to help them integrate back into society after leaving secure care by offering them opportunities that they may never have considered as options before.
Launched in 2012 with funding from the Big Lottery Fund, the scheme will support 150 individuals, both male and female aged between 15 and 21, utilising education, sport, media and the arts, to help get them back on their feet and into training, employment or further education, to prevent them from reoffending.
The project works with young offenders prior to release with an individual support package introduced to help prepare them for the outside world. Once released, the participants undertake an extensive programme of activities to help integrate them back into society and build positive relationships with their communities.
The project provides 20 hours or more per week of bespoke, themed workshops and accredited educated and training opportunities catering for participants’ individual needs and interests.
Since its launch in April 2012, the programme has achieved a 78 per cent non re-offending rate among participants, compared to the national average of 27 per cent. The average persistent young offender costs the government £80,000 per year and £300,000 over their criminal career, the non-reoffending rate through Safe Hands would save the government £36million whilst creating economically active citizens.
The 2013 Northwest Football Awards saw the programme claim the ‘Community Initiative of the Year' gong, seeing off competition from Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers.
For more information on the programmes delivered by the charity’s Youth Engagement arm click here.