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🤝 𝑾𝒆𝒂𝒓 𝑻𝒐𝒈𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 #TeamFoL regularly chat to older members of our community through our telephone befriending servic… https://t.co/JFfSEebbvC

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👀 You’ll easily spot our 𝙃𝘼’𝙒𝘼𝙔 𝘼𝙉𝘿 𝙋𝙇𝘼𝙔 team on the @StadiumOfLight concourses this season… 💚 Thanks to Izzy an… https://t.co/pdWg1FDEy6

Our first-ever #IAmTeamGB day took place back in the summer of 2019. The 𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲 sports day returns on Sunday 15 Augu… https://t.co/SyQT1WGID9

🏟️ For the 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚 ever on Saturday, supporters will be able to buy 𝙃𝘼’𝙒𝘼𝙔 𝘼𝙉𝘿 𝙋𝙇𝘼𝙔 lottery tickets in person… https://t.co/ZSZKL7YFQE

💫 𝓓𝓻𝓮𝓪𝓶 𝓣𝓮𝓪𝓶 💫 Alison and Ericka show trustee @Tanni_GT how to make a dream catcher in our latest @VICSunderland f… https://t.co/NKDWOjRTQM

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🥪 𝙳𝙸𝙽𝙽𝙴𝚁 𝚃𝙸𝙼𝙴! Half time on our football course and the snacks get a thumbs up! Throughout the summer we’re hel… https://t.co/N9pDyYc5Ex

🤖 Our #Sphero robots return to the @BeaconofLight next week! 🤔 Coding and computer science sessions for kids to s… https://t.co/IrXVkfR1vC

🗓 𝗪𝗲𝗲𝗸 𝟯: 𝗗𝗮𝘆 𝟯: ⚽️ 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗱𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗴𝗼… https://t.co/evsTVKs14I

🍥 𝐓𝐨𝐨 𝐬𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐭! Toby shows off his jam tarts after enjoying our Mini Bakers cooking session at the Beacon of Light.… https://t.co/6ni1CovyTq

🐾 Walking new puppy Boscoe helped Luke and his family climb to the top of #PlanetSuperLeague ✅ Get involved and h… https://t.co/0evHxQ9OzS

💇🏻‍♂️The many hairstyles of birthday boy @mickygray33 were a hot topic for Nicky Summerbee and Chris Makin when the… https://t.co/4kONao0AIp

🎉 Happy birthday to former #SAFC skipper @mickygray33 Enjoy your day, Michael. https://t.co/OlBO405Z7A

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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