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RT @weare_livin: Our new project with the @SAFCFoL ๐Ÿ”ดโšช๏ธ better skills, better chances ๐Ÿ‘Œ #communitypartner #bettertogether

๐ŸŒช๏ธ It's been a busy schedule of #SAFC games these last few weeks Thanks to your ongoing support our ๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผโ€ฆ https://t.co/J8JUqprsme

RT @washingtonmind: Through the #SunderlandTogether initiative, all proceeds will be donated to @SAFCFoL, Salvation Army, Sunderland Foodbaโ€ฆ

RT @WearUnitedFC: We are delighted to announce a partnership with @SAFCFoL to be part of their #beagamechanger campaign. Mental Health affeโ€ฆ

โณ @SAFCLadies stars @bmeado9, @Furney1988 and @RachLaws1 sample fries made during one of our Family Learning sessioโ€ฆ https://t.co/GUpPA7YOkM

RT @FoLWomens: Here at @SAFCFoL we are starting our very own Womenโ€™s team! Are you 16+ & looking to play in a Womenโ€™s league on a weekend?โ€ฆ

๐Ÿ‘ช Foundation of Light has been chosen by @wearelivin to deliver tailored employability support to its communities.โ€ฆ https://t.co/rNbIToD3hW

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๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟOur coaches continue to to fly the red and white flag all over the world. Tonightโ€™s virtual coaching sessโ€ฆ https://t.co/RFsEfk2LuM

๐Ÿคฉ SAFC fans are the best in the world. ยฃ10,000 target smashed in less than 24hrs and nearly ยฃ13,000 raised so far.โ€ฆ https://t.co/YOZEja97gv

๐Ÿ˜‡ Humbled to find out that our @NCS team have been nominated for a #NEYouthPWP20 Award for the work done with youngโ€ฆ https://t.co/cvXqhFQtcy

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RT @gentoogroup: Are you interested in a career change where you can work with young children in care? ๐Ÿก The @SAFCFoL are offering a freeโ€ฆ

RT @CWaters_SAFC: Not far off the ยฃ10,000 target set by SAFC Fan Groups @BlcSafc, @RedAndWhite2017 and @SAFCFoL. Thank you to all fans thatโ€ฆ

๐Ÿ‘Š This weekโ€™s #PLPStars challenge wants to see you channel your inner @mp_1825 and plan your very own team talk!โ€ฆ https://t.co/19ybaqAjRE

๐Ÿ“š Research shows that coronavirus has made it harder for people to get active and we know the winter months make itโ€ฆ https://t.co/M3uT61EFuw

๐Ÿฅ Tonightโ€™s ๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” draw has been madeโ€ฆ Thank you to every one who bought a ticket, your support is greaโ€ฆ https://t.co/eXzAzNsZrL

๐Ÿ”ดโšชโšฝ Got your ๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” tickets yet? ๐Ÿ”œ Draw made on 60 minutes ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://t.co/WZxcwUS65D ๐™๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ'๐™จ ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฏ๐™š๐™จ:โ€ฆ https://t.co/aKHO4kx9L5

๐Ÿคฏ #SAFC supporters never cease to amaze... ๐Ÿฅฐ A fantastic gesture to help out others at a time when everyone is strโ€ฆ https://t.co/hNAdLIoH2E

RT @SunderlandAFC: Ahead of our trip to @wembleystadium next month, fans are coming together to mark the occasion by starting a virtual ticโ€ฆ

๐Ÿ’ธ Only 7๏ธโƒฃ shirts remain in our ๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” jackpot game โ€˜Catch the Cat' If your ticket is pulled out tonighโ€ฆ https://t.co/22IxcKs17o

There are a number of reflection and mindfulness activities available as part of the #JOMWinterGamesโ„๏ธ โ€˜Connectโ€™ eโ€ฆ https://t.co/DtXOre66cm

WITH YOUR ONGOING SUPPORT WE CAN CONTINUE GOOD WORK

As the nation battles COVID-19, the official charity of Sunderland AFC, the Foundation of Light is playing its part in the national effort by continuing to support some of the most vulnerable people across Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham.

Working with tens of thousands each year throughout Wearside, the Foundation uses the power of football to improve peopleโ€™s lives by tackling societal issues, such as social isolation, obesity, unemployment and anti-social behaviour.

Sadly, the north east has one of the highest deprivation rates in the country, with a number of communities living in the top 10% most-deprived areas in the UK. For those communities, COVID-19 could spell disaster.

For so many now, the Foundation and other charities across the region are a vital lifeline, and matter now more than ever before.

As the nation has been told to stay home and stay safe, the Foundation of Light team have not let that stop the good work that they do, looking for alternative ways to help families and reach out to those who need support.

Both daily and weekly challenges via social media have seen people of all ages engage, as they try to stay active at home.

Staff have been supporting the Sunderland Foodbank, working a number of shifts each week to box up care packages and answer phones, as well as deliver food packages to vulnerable children in schools in Durham.

Foundation staff have also been providing regular support to elderly members of the community, through its Extra Time Hub, by maintaining daily content through telephone and Whatโ€™s App, delivering care packages to those who need and recording easy seated exercise to help them stay healthy and active at home.

Online resources have also been set up to allow learners to continue making progress on their education courses, with courses due to launch in the coming weeks to support members of the public who have recently been placed on furlough.

But more can be done and Foundation of Light Chair, Sir Bob Murray, is appealing for the public to continue to support the award-winning charity, so it can continue its vital work with a range of partners and other charities to protect and support those most in need.

Welcoming last nightโ€™s news from Chancellor Rishi Sunak, that the government will create a ยฃ750 million package for struggling charities, Sir Bob explains, โ€œNew research from the Institute of Fundraising has shown that charities across the country are expecting a 48% loss of voluntary income due to coronavirus but almost half expect an increase in demand.

โ€œThat is reflective of our situation; times are tough for the region and we are anticipating that some income streams will stop from both corporate and public funders. But we are also anticipating that once lockdown finishes there will be more families in need. More people will be unemployed and need re-trained; more families will be struggling to feed their children and provide a structured environment; and sadly, more young people will be drawn to anti-social behaviour.

โ€œIt is vital that we work alongside a number of partners to play our part in protecting the most vulnerable and ensuring that as many people as possible are supported over the coming weeks and months.

โ€œI am therefore reaching out to the Sunderland AFC community to thank you for your continued support. We recognise that this is a challenging time for many but the kind words, support and donations we have received have been greatly received and appreciated. So, from me to you โ€“ thank you.โ€

 

 

Times are tough for the region and we are anticipating that some income streams will stop from both corporate and public funders. But we are also anticipating that once lockdown finishes there will be more families in need. More people will be unemployed and need re-trained; more families will be struggling to feed their children and provide a structured environment; and sadly, more young people will be drawn to anti-social behaviour.

โ€œI am therefore reaching out to the Sunderland AFC community to thank you for your continued support. We recognise that this is a challenging time for many but the kind words, support and donations we have received have been greatly received and appreciated. So, from me to you โ€“ thank you.

 

Sir Bob Murray

How you can help

Just ยฃ4 will help the Foundation to support an older person in the community by helping them stay active in their homes, delivering care packages to their doors and be a friendly voice at the end of a phone.

ยฃ15 will help the charity teach a family how to cook on a budget using ingredients which are easily available to them through the charityโ€™s Family Learning programme.

To help, donate today via the Foundation of Light JustGiving page –ย https://www.justgiving.com/safc

Written By Kate Smith

9 April 2020

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