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FOUNDATION OF LIGHT
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🤝 Footballing rivalries put to one side for the day, as kids from @SAFCFoL and @NU_Foundation enjoyed a bike ride t… https://t.co/3gVzIbcexL

RT @NU_Foundation: ⚫️⚪️🔴⚪️ For #InternationalYouthDay we've put rivalry aside for teenagers working with us and @SAFCFoL on a bike ride fr…

📍 From the @BeaconofLight to Tynemouth, our YOLO cyclists have made it! 🙌 A great way to showcase the work we do w… https://t.co/qK1vovoTK9

🚴🏻 Still smiling... https://t.co/RGG5AdtZ7x

🚴🏻 And they’re off... Youngsters from @SAFCFoL and @NU_Foundation begin their cycle to Tynemouth with… https://t.co/WORH5tPKvV

👏Great to be recognised - we're also grateful for the ongoing support of @VICSunderland and @CovenantTrust £100k h… https://t.co/kVwPAMwjTD

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RT @SunderlandAFC: 👏 #SAFC and @SAFCFoL have once again been recognised for their support of the Armed Forces by achieving the Silver award…

@BenCuth 😉 The weather gods have heard your pleas... Enjoy your day! https://t.co/PSToHSnSGq

👊 A rally cry for our YOLO cyclists from @mp_1825 Enjoy the ride. Ha’way the Lads! @NorthumbriaPCC x… https://t.co/sVbl6SbOlg

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RT @BeaconofLight: 😉 The Beacon’s canny alreet for a game of footy outside wi yer marras... To book ☎️ 0191 563 4777 #NationalMackemDay h…

RT @NorthumbriaPCC: It’s is going to be such a good day. Can’t wait.

🚴🏻 Big day for youngsters on our YOLO programme today as they cycle from @BeaconofLight to Tynemouth... 🔴⚪️⚫️⚪️ A… https://t.co/TPb3vS9sjR

😍 Always a fans' favourite when he joined us on our holiday courses, @DjibrilCisse celebrates his 39th birthday tod… https://t.co/9AVAzOHyTa

ICYMI ⏮ The initiative launched in partnership with @EFLTrust has been really well received.… https://t.co/SyQaLqwXQw

😎 Did somebody say heatwave?! It's peak ice cream weather, if you've not had one already, what are you waiting f… https://t.co/0Ny0FGdNTx

👍 Say 'yes' to @NCS! National Citizen Service (NCS) offers those aged 16-17 the summer of a lifetime! 🟢 Meet n… https://t.co/84Yg9B2Fzq

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RT @BeaconofLight: 🏓 #SAFC’s @Denver_Hume turns 22 today - if you’d like another ping pong fix, or if anyone else would for that matter, we…

RT @EFLTrust: If this is your 'One Day', then sign up for EFL Trust's #FITFANS https://t.co/cjXDfzWEq9 #BetterHealth @PHE_uk @NHSuk

🎉Wishing @Denver_Hume a very happy birthday! 😎 Here he is repping our Foundation matchday shirt https://t.co/MwD8jGf5JY

🥳 Former #SAFC boss Roy Keane turned 49 today. 👏 During his time on Wearside he did his bit to support the commun… https://t.co/EFTo0pkiwF

What a year for the Foundation

Entering its 18th year, the Foundation of Light has achieved some remarkable success in 2019 including being named as the Best Football Community Scheme outside of the Premier League at the prestigious Football Business Awards. This is an accolade which is richly deserved by all the staff, participants, volunteers who make this charity so special.

The Foundation has won 12 awards – national and regional – for its work in sport, education, employability and wellbeing across Sunderland, South Tyneside and Durham.

The Beacon of Light, which was officially opened in March by Her Royal Highness Countess of Wessex GCVO, has won 10 of those awards alone; including being recognised in the Royal Institute of British Architects’ ‘Great British Buildings 2019’.

With a turnover of just under £5m, the social return on investment of the Foundation’s work in 2018/19 is reported as into the millions of pounds, with 40 programmes delivering over 394,000 aggregate contact hours across 41,000 delivery sessions, supporting over 20,500 programme registrants.

At a time when arguably things are financially and socially tough for so many, the Foundation’s work is more important than ever to support and protect our communities. In this year alone, over 17,000 people across the region have improved their confidence, self-worth and motivation, over 11,000 have improved behaviour and attitude, and nearly 3,000 have reduced their likelihood to be involved in crime and anti-social behaviour.

The charity has improved access to sport for over 14,000 people, working with nearly 2,500 people with a registered disability and improving job prospects for over 1,800 people.

SAFC fans too have played an important part in that success. Since April 2019, over £48,000 has been raised by fans to tackle mental health and social isolation in our communities as part of the ‘Give a Quid’ campaigns. As a result, the Foundation has been able to fund the SAFC Branch Liaison Council’s Match Day Mental Health Hub directly from money raised by fans, ensuring supporters who are struggling with anxiety, stress or depression can seek support from their peers and a trained counsellor.

As we look forward to 2020, the Foundation of Light would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has donated and supported the charity this year. Together we have made a difference.

Written By Kay James

31 December 2019

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