Turning Vision Into Reality

“The Steve Morgan Foundation believed in us and helped us turn our vision into reality.”

The words of the Newton Boys and Girls Club, on Merseyside, who are a year of the way through a grant received to help fund the Youth Lead/Centre Manager post.

NGBC is a youth club which aims to help young people from all backgrounds develop a “positive self-identity, educational skills and a moral compass”.

“The grant has enabled NBGC to retain the club’s senior youth lead/Centre manager who is committed to, and passionate about, ensuring the members’ needs are met and the charity’s aims and objectives are reached,” says Victoria Musk, from NGBC.

“The club is therefore able to progress, engage many children and young people in a variety of activities, learn new skills and offer life-changing opportunities to all. 

“NBGC makes a real difference to children and young people’s lives and is proud to have the Steve Morgan Foundation as a supporter of their work as their values and aims match.”

Since the grant was awarded the charity has gained many new members taking its total membership up to almost 500.

“Trusting relationships have been built between staff and members which has led to some disclosures being made,” added Victoria.

“Members have learned coping mechanisms and how to keep themselves safe and received education on drugs, alcohol, sexual and mental health.

“Fitness, health and creativity has improved greatly through a series of Parkour, street dance, DJing, music production, Graffiti art, Team challenge and circus skills workshops delivered by the dance group UC Crew.

“St Helens Council Healthy living team attended sessions a few times and engaged members in cooking activities. 

“A group of members also took part in LABGC’s Club dine with me challenge earlier this year.”

Partnerships have also been forged with other agencies including Talent Match, helping young people into work or education, Wargrave House, offering training for young people with Autism, and the European Placement Network, offering students voluntary opportunities in a foreign setting.

NGBC has also helped a further seven members into employment by assisting with CV writing and carrying out interview practice, as well as offering work placements and experience for eight students from different schools, colleges and universities.

Nine of the club’s members have also completed the young volunteer programme, gaining valuable skills in organisation, teamwork and leadership as well as gaining their UK Youth Achievement awards and Food Hygiene Level 2. 

“The grant has helped NBGC flourish and offer fantastic opportunities to young people,” added Victoria.

“We view funding from Steve Morgan foundation as a kind of quality mark which has enabled us to receive funding from other organisations. 

“The Steve Morgan Foundation believed in us and helped us turn our vision to reality.”

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