5 March 2020


Sue Gregory, Director of Youth Engagement, education and Employability from Everton in the Community, will be presenting the topic of ‘Making An Impact – A Proven Model For Success’ at the 14th EFDN #Morethanfootbal Conference in Breda.

Sue Gregory has worked within the third sector for over two decades to continually respond to the needs of young people in our community. She has consistently worked towards providing life-changing opportunities for young people, aiming to give them a fresh start in life and opportunities to grow, develop and become active and engaged members of society. Sue’s current role involves overseeing programmes that support over 8500 young people each year aged 5 to 29 years.  Sue ensures that the youth engagement programmes harnesses the energy, enthusiasm and commitment of a wide range of young people, empowering them to effect positive social change.

Young people choose the social issues that are important to them, inspire other young people to get involved and work together to deliver positive change in their communities. Sue manages the key strategies for the Charities primary and secondary school delivery, community sports, community youth work and intense support services.

Sue is particularly proud of the award-winning youth justice programme as it reaches into some of the most challenging and hard-to-reach groups across Merseyside. Her team operates across the entire spectrum, helping and supporting young people in the youth justice system itself to focus on crime prevention in areas of high anti-social behaviour and crime.

Everton in the Community delivers multi-sector, multi-agency and multi-dimensional activity that provides participants with services that best meet their needs and preferences. They take a holistic approach to programme design and delivery to maximise the capacity, resources and skills of staff to the benefit of participants. Their approach to young people’s needs is not based on ‘deficit models’ of their wellbeing but on ones which recognise and empower young people to use their various resources, skills, attributes and competencies in ways that enable them to take better control over their lives and circumstances and they work to effect positive social change in some of the community’s most challenging and hard-to-reach groups, focusing on areas of high anti-social behaviour and crime. There is a rising concern that primary and secondary school children are now being exposed to serious organised crime and knife incidents and Merseyside Police have reported that the Liverpool City Region is heavily involved in ‘County Lines’. Gangs are grooming, exploiting and trafficking young people into different areas. More than 85% of known exploited young people are males but it is recognised that the true landscape of exploitation is not known due to the lack of data. Young people from deprived areas are most at risk of being involved in crime culture.

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