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GALLERY: The #SAFC v Doncaster Rovers game was this season's #FoundationMatchDay! View a selection of photos from… https://t.co/T4IuPJC2yE

RT @SAFCLadies: Sunderland AFC Ladies is joining football clubs across the country this weekend (27-28 April) to celebrate the contribution…

RT @BeaconofLight: Enjoy the build up to #SAFC's final home game of the season in the Beacon's unique surroundings! https://t.co/5UfXCZXrni

RT @StadiumOfLight: 🍻 Due to high demand for @SunderlandAFC's final home game there will be extra hospitality packages available at the @Be

RT @BeaconofLight: Wednesday 24th April we are hosting a Foundation 5 aside tournament. Entry is just £30. To enquire contact neil.couling…

RT @futureme_ne: Kick starting the new term with the launch of the FutureMe Enterprise Challenge for our schools in the Sunderland area! @S

#LittleTots Playgroup returns to the @BeaconofLight tomorrow! Pop in with your little ones for a fun and relaxing p… https://t.co/Sy5ptYDT80

RT @SunderlandAFC: Let the game begin! Come on Sunderland! 🔴⚪️ #SAFC https://t.co/tHGY9HNA3I

RT @LukeONien: This is what footballs all about! This is gold! 🙌🏻 Great performance from the boys yesterday🔴 4 games to go⚽️ https://t.co/k…

A special THANK YOU to ambassador @marco_ten who supported our #FOLGiveAQuid campaign throughout the day and promo… https://t.co/YoW95Y3h0E

RT @SunderlandAFC: Is there anyone not singing this song after @LukeONien's performances this season!? 😁 Rocking all over... 🎶 #SAFC #FIR

An important win for @SunderlandAFC yesterday to #FIREUPOURCITY and the perfect stage to showcase our award-winning… https://t.co/SUdpGHopm6

Our Stories: Danielle

Sunderland girl Danielle, 19, got ‘Back on Track’ with Foundation of Light.

Danielle signed up for the 35 week Back on Track programme hoping to gain direction, qualifications and some focus towards the world of work.

“When I left school I didn’t have any qualifications, I wasn’t bothered about what I wanted to do; I just wanted to chill out,” she says. “I didn’t do anything for three years before I heard about Foundation of Light and I didn’t have much of a social life.

“I had no confidence in anything at all. My head was constantly down. I’d hide at the back of the class and pretend I wasn’t there. It definitely affected my school work.

“I eventually went to Connexions with my mam, found out about Back on Track and I signed up straight away.”

Once on the programme Danielle’s performance was exemplary – she didn’t miss a single session throughout and from initially being quiet and shy her enthusiasm and confidence steadily grew as she worked with Foundation staff.

By the end of the programme she had gained vital qualifications in Math and English, completed her FA Level 1 coaching certificate, gained a BTEC Level 2 in Personal Social Development, and even started to volunteer with the Foundation on the one day each week she had ‘off’ from the course.

With new found direction and motivated to achieving a new career goal she signed up onto a BTEC Level 2 programme with the Foundation which she has recently completed, further enhancing her skills and CV.

Danielle is currently volunteering at the Foundation with the Back on Track team helping and inspiring other teenagers who are in a similar position to what she once was.

Danielle adds: “I’m now focused on becoming a coach working with young people, and thanks to the Foundation I’m well on my way to achieving this.

Foundation of Light helped give Danielle a glimpse at a positive future but Danielle was the one who, once understanding the possibilities, took the brave step to put in the hard work and effort to make it a reality.

If I hadn’t found out about Foundation of Light I would still be sitting in the house doing nothing with my life.

Danielle, Back on Track participant and Foundation volunteer

11 September 2017

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