EITC and Davanti Tyres Distribute School Uniforms For Local Children
Ahead of the new academic school year, Everton in the Community and the Club’s Official Global Tyre Partner Davanti Tyres have been out in force across Liverpool City Region delivering new school uniforms to pupils from some of the most socially deprived areas across the region.
The Club’s official charity and Davanti Tyres teamed up during the 2020/21 season as part of the international tyre manufacturers ‘Make It Happen’ campaign and donated more than 240 complete school uniforms to primary and secondary schools in some of the most disadvantaged wards across Merseyside. This relationship has continued into the 2021/22 season as the two organisations have worked together to deliver 240 school uniforms to 24 primary and secondary schools across the local area where they will be distributed to Free School Meal pupils in readiness of their first day back at school.
Ahead of the uniforms being distributed across Liverpool City Region this week, staff from Davanti Tyres and Everton in the Community were joined by Club Ambassador Graham Stuart at Character Mailing in Bootle to sort through the boxes of new uniforms and bag them up in individual parcels for each child. These parcels have benefitted families that have been hit hard by the long-term effects of the pandemic and often have to balance already tight budgets by cost cutting on food and utilities to provide uniforms for their children.
Not having the correct uniform – or not having a uniform at all – adversely affects pupil attendance, punctuality levels, attitude towards learning and self-confidence. It is often the cause of bullying and Everton in the Community and Davanti Tyres are committed to tackling inequality in education and ending this stigma.
Everton in the Community worked with local authorities to identify the most deprived schools across Liverpool City Region with 240 school uniforms being distributed to those in need during the 2020/21 academic term to meet the immediate and urgent need from schools reopening with a further 240 uniforms being distributed ahead of the new school year.
Providing young people with school uniforms from Less Economically Developed areas of Liverpool City Region such as Sefton, Halton and Knowsley will remove financial worry from families and help to boost pupil attendance and punctuality and in turn, this increase will see a significant improvement in learning outcomes and support the increase of recorded Gross Added Value Government statistics and local Census supporting school progress reports and OfSted assessments.
Davanti’s generous donation will also provide a much wider social impact to the local community through Social Return On Investment as a child attending school more regularly can lead to a reduction in food poverty rates and less young people becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training) whilst staying in education also increases employability status and continued access to the open provision to learn with support from Everton in the Community.