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RT @BeaconofLight: 🌈 𝓖𝓸𝓸𝓭 𝓶𝓸𝓻𝓷𝓲𝓷𝓰 🌤 @StadiumOfLight | @SunderlandUK https://t.co/9pSwsO4oPy

⚽ 𝗙𝗢𝗢𝗧𝗕𝗔𝗟𝗟 𝗙𝗥𝗜𝗗𝗔𝗬𝗦 ⚽ 📍 @fballdownhill (SR5 4BB) 👪 8-12 year olds: 5-6.50pm 👬 13-18 year olds: 6.30-8pm Just turn… https://t.co/tIc40eQhWD

RT @BeaconofLight: 🎃 𝙻𝚘𝚘𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚏𝚊-𝚋𝚘𝚘-𝚕𝚘𝚞𝚜! 👻 Beacon of Light is all decked out for Halloween… If you’ve got it, haunt it! https://t.co/5G…

🌹 Kayden and Fraser get crafty in our latest @VICSunderland half-term activity session. The two cousins made popp… https://t.co/0oR680MWFj

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👋 A big hand for our favourite duo on #NationalBlackCatDay Send us your #SAFC Samson and Delilah pics... https://t.co/ToekGVbucU

🙌🏼 𝑮𝒐𝒐𝒐𝒐𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈! Fancy following in the footsteps of the gaffer? ⚽️ Our Coaches Clinic returns this Friday… https://t.co/dsPJrweSQh

👻 𝙴𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚎-𝚜𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎! 🎨 Some spook-tacular Halloween tshirt designs on show during our family @VICSunderland sessions… https://t.co/a82IVbeJom

🗓️ Our charity calendar, featuring wildlife photography by our ambassador @sunderlandsmile is now on sale. All m… https://t.co/yMisPlMOE0

RT @sunderlandsmile: Lovely article on my fundraising wildlife calendar for the @SAFCFoL from @KatyJourno . How to get a nice Christmas pr…

Well done to St Joseph's Catholic Academy who won the EFL Girls Cup last week and will now represent the Foundation… https://t.co/oCjFQLICVz

✅ 𝙷𝙰𝙻𝙵 𝚃𝙴𝚁𝙼 𝙸𝚂 𝙷𝙴𝚁𝙴! Our holiday courses start today - there’s plenty going on at the Beacon of Light this week 👉… https://t.co/XXn4v4ktM0

🌟 Mary joined our #ExtraTimeHub to find companionship. She has championed the cause, helping ensure that older peo… https://t.co/6aojn03WUU

👊 𝚁𝙴𝙰𝙳𝚈 𝚃𝙾 𝙶𝙾! Our holiday courses kick off tomorrow - we can't wait to see you all 👉 https://t.co/cZBwSgYx5l https://t.co/k8qD6zViYq

🥁 Today's 𝙃𝘼’𝙒𝘼𝙔 𝘼𝙉𝘿 𝙋𝙇𝘼𝙔 draw has been made.  The cat has been caught and we have a jackpot winner . . . https://t.co/vwDME8VLlj

⚽ Got your 𝙃𝘼’𝙒𝘼𝙔 𝘼𝙉𝘿 𝙋𝙇𝘼𝙔 tickets yet? Every fiver helps us continue to support thousands of people across Sunde… https://t.co/COJ3w8hJ80

💚 Look out for our team of green 𝙃𝘼’𝙒𝘼𝙔 𝘼𝙉𝘿 𝙋𝙇𝘼𝙔 lottery sellers around the Stadium of Light concourses today to… https://t.co/WUyhYze68e

👊A powerful message from Gracie and Ella from St Joseph’s RC Primary School as part of #BlackHistoryMonth There’s… https://t.co/RXdHw5BVz7

🤞𝙃𝘼’𝙒𝘼𝙔 𝘼𝙉𝘿 𝙋𝙇𝘼𝙔 ...it's matchday! 🤩 We're back with your chance to win £1,000 while supporting #SAFC's official… https://t.co/P8IgEQSFAq

💚 At tomorrow's game look out for our 𝙃𝘼’𝙒𝘼𝙔 𝘼𝙉𝘿 𝙋𝙇𝘼𝙔 lottery sellers around the Stadium of Light concourses to… https://t.co/l49Jq5gQTG

🎉 𝚂𝙲𝙷𝙾𝙾𝙻𝚂 𝙾𝚄𝚃! Half-term starts now, can’t wait to see you all next week 👉 https://t.co/hIvpDG8qnd #FeelGoodFriday https://t.co/0z4ms1CE6W

ADAPT AND INNOVATE – HOW WE RESPONDED TO COVID-19

As we reach week 12 in lockdown, the Foundation of Light have taken the opportunity to reflect on how the football club’s official charity responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The cross-section of people we work with is unparalleled within our community; we work with those aged 18 months to 80 plus years and offer something for everyone; with programmes impacting on health, behaviour, attitude, skills, knowledge and much more.

After suspending all sporting activities at our Beacon of Light base on March 18th, in line with government guidelines, we followed instructions for non-essential staff to work from home.

Our priority at this time was to ensure we could continue to work with our existing participants and partners as well as supporting the local community.

This is when #FoLFightsBack was born – as the team looked for new ways to engage with people through our programmes and provide support where we could while everyone was told to stay safe at home.

OUR RESPONSE:

  • Tutors developed 15 brand-new free online ‘Isolation to Education’ courses for those who were on furlough or unemployed to learn new skills.
  • Over 8,500 engaged with weekly challenges set via YouTube to encourage people to stay active while staying safe at home.
  • Staff volunteered at Sunderland Foodbank; working over 240 hours to help deliver food packages across the city.
  • 50 kids took part in our first-ever virtual holiday course programme hosted on Zoom
  • Elderly members of our community were supported through regular calls and of WhatsApp messages as part of the Extra Time Hub. SAFC director David Jones also reached out to members, personally calling 45 fans.
  • 400 youngsters from the Player Development Centre were provided with homework – as a reward they got the chance to have online Q&A sessions with SAFC players
  • 25 schools were sent resource packs to help them continue to deliver PE sessions.
  • Online FIFA tournaments allowed kids to keep in touch with each other during lockdown.
  • Our FIT BLACK CATS programme, in partnership with the EFL Trust, continued to run via a Facebook group and saw each member lose an average of 5kg each.
  • ‘Sit and Be Fit’ exercise videos were made available through YouTube to help older people stay active at home.
  • Inspired by BBC Children in Need over 1,500 engaged with inclusive activities, posted each day on our Facebook page.
  • Our disability dance group were able to stay in touch via weekly Zoom sessions, with different themes each week.
  • 50 hours of full-time online education delivered to 114 pupils aged 16-19.
  • Delivered our first-ever virtual open evenings via Zoom to showcase our programmes to school leavers.

FoL Fights Back

Written By Kate Smith

12 June 2020

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