Manchester based research and technology group, Substance, has conducted an extensive report examining the impact and value of the Millwall Community Trust (MCT) which was established by, and benefits from the significant support of, Millwall Football Club. Substance has been able to assess what difference the Trust has made to the lives of scores of children, young people and young adults particularly based in the two London Boroughs of Lewisham and Southwark that were instrumental in initiating the scheme over 30 years ago. Whilst the full report is available on request, here are the key findings:

Based on the research carried out during the period from 1st January 2015 to 31st December 2015 it was found that:

* The minimum value of the Trust’s community work was £7,156,449.50 in cost savings to society with the biggest impact on substance abuse, crime, education, health, behaviour and NEET status (young person Not in Education, Employment or Training).

* Therefore, for every £1 spent to deliver the Millwall Community Trust’s programmes during 2015, more than £7 is generated in cost savings.

* 95% of participants are under the age of 25 and reflective of the wider demographic profile of Lewisham and Southwark.

* 50% of participants who engage with the Trust live in neighbourhoods amongst the top 20% most deprived in the UK and 77% live in the top 30%.

* 100% of partner organisations surveyed were either very satisfied or satisfied with the work of the Trust.

* 84% of partner organisations said the Trust provided a service nobody else in the area provides.

* 100% of partner organisations said the Trust provided a better quality service than others in the area.

* 84% of partner agencies said that Trust helped deliver a social impact that would not otherwise have been possible.

* The current staff team is broadly representative of the communities the club works with.

* The Trust is committed to the continual professional development of its staff.

* Staff suggested that the MCT is a healthy and happy place to work.

* The Trust’s programme works with approximately 4,000 individuals every year not including those engaged through schools’ work. 3,266 individual participants were engaged in centrally funded programmes with an aggregate attendance of almost 43,000 hours at over 2,600 sessions.

* On average, each participant engages in over 13 hours of activity delivered by the Trust.

* The MCT has access to groups that other mainstream agencies might struggle to engage with, such as Kicks. This allows the Trust to work with some of the most disadvantaged young people in the area. This allows the MCT to add value where many other agencies have failed to deliver.

* During 2015 362 people were formally referred onto Trust programmes by agencies such as Southwark Youth Offending Service, HM Young Offenders Institution Feltham and Southwark Inclusive Learning.

* Almost half of the staff work across a portfolio of projects, with 44.3% working on 2 or 3 projects, 33.3% working on 4 or 5 projects, 11.1% working on 6 to 8 projects and 5.5% working on 10 or more projects.

* When staff were asked what the Millwall Community Trust meant to them the most common words cited were: Inspirational, Engaging, Positive, Committed, Innovative, Supportive, Developmental, Energetic, Rewarding, Effective, Life Changing.

Shelton (Previous Young Offender) – “Since my release, I have been on the phone to Tom near enough every day. He always sends me over job lists… finding the job and doing the right things has given me the right balance in life… Even when I turned 21 in October the first person I wanted to invite for a meal was Tom…I have nothing but respect for Tom and Millwall’s support since the first meeting. Thank You.”