Funding Helps YKids Strategy

The YKids charity, which works to improve life chances for young people in the Bootle and South Sefton areas of Liverpool, has highlighted an ability to become more strategic thanks to its long-standing support from the Steve Morgan Foundation.

YKids has just come to the end of its most recent funding from the Foundation, a three-year grant to support the salary of an Operations Manager, the latest in a long line of support which has helped the charity become such an integral part of its local community.

The Operations Manager helped make a key contribution to the activities of YKids, whilst also allowing CEO Claire Morgans to focus more on strategy as the charity seeks to become more sustainable for the future.

“The Steve Morgan Foundation has been so generous to us over the years and enabled and supported our growth as an organisation,” says Claire.

“Because of their support we have been able to improve our systems, widen our reach, move into a new building and expand our offer.

“We have also been able to pilot new ways of working to meet the needs of the children and young people in the community.”

Claire continues: “Having staff to take on a large amount of daily management of the organisation has freed me up to be more strategic.

“Over the last three years, as well as renovating and moving into the new building, we have developed a new approach to mental health using early intervention, non-clinical Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for children.

“We have also developed a new cooking project aimed at teaching children, young people and families about nutrition, healthy eating, cooking on a budget and growing their own food.

“We have made use of the Intermediate Labour Market programme taking on 15 young people for six months paid training, many of whom have moved into full time employment with some remaining with us.

“We have developed a new project with a view to becoming a social enterprise in the future – Kingsley & Co will be a magical children’s bookshop and literacy project aimed at improving children’s educational prospects and mental wellbeing by encouraging a joy of reading.

“The Operations Manager, along with an Administrator who has shared the role over the last 12 months, have been instrumental in delivering these outcomes and freeing myself up to bring in the support and strategic planning to move us forward.”

Ykids report that they have engaged with over 60,000 people in terms of people using their services or meeting them at events over the last three years, as well as delivering projects such as school assemblies and training to over 18,000 people.

As a result of the years of support given by the Foundation to Ykids, Chairman Steve Morgan attending the opening of their new facility a year ago.

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