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RT @KirstyLouiseSm9: Another excellent virtual session this morning @SAFCFoL Skills, Q&A’s with the coaches and great advice for the kids!…

👏 Congratulations @Charliewyke1 on your hat-trick v @AFCWimbledon this afternoon. 🙌 Big win for @SunderlandAFC on… https://t.co/kZ9Caufuq4

RT @BlcSafc: Reaching out for support shows strength .. Our virtual @SunderlandAFC match day mental health hub with @washingtonmind is avai…

🥳 Many happy returns to the King! ⚽️ Chris Maguire turns 32 today, let’s hope he can add to his three goals so far… https://t.co/LpVVwV0N8u

🔴⚪⚽ ...It's matchday! 🔜 There may be no 𝙃𝘼’𝙒𝘼𝙔 𝘼𝙉𝘿 𝙋𝙇𝘼𝙔 draw today but get your tickets now for Tuesday night 👉… https://t.co/K7MkMG1HHM

RT @EFLTrust: .@RishiSunak thanks our EFL Clubs and Community organisations as we focus on providing opportunities for unemployed young peo…

🪚 Carving out opportunities for our young people. 🤩 Some of the handy work on show during our one-to-one woodwork… https://t.co/aYi4rfbyti

🏃🏼‍♂️ Love this! Keep it up, Archie - but don’t tire yourself out before you’ve baked those cakes you promised ever… https://t.co/3nVvGW5wIR

RT @KirstyLouiseSm9: Can’t thank @baileywright92 enough! Such an inspirational Q&A session with Mason & the #FolPlayerDevelopment kids last…

🤸 Don't forget our PE and Dance activity sessions take place at 1.30pm every afternoon for kids - and parents - of… https://t.co/JV81WkO3Bm

Great to have @LukeOnien on board as one of our @PFA ambassadors for the 2020-21 season. Your support is really a… https://t.co/y56R5Z0gfe

🇺🇸 Our star in stripes! Good luck, Austin 👊 https://t.co/mq4fZDOvdX

👀 Don't touch the jelly babies... @baileywright92 shares some superstitions with young players from our Developmen… https://t.co/Xobvs9iorH

💻 #SAFC's @baileywright92 took to the hot seat as he was grilled by our Player Development Centre kids via Zoom.… https://t.co/CEfSH3WJTB

RT @BlcSafc: As we can't be at @SAFCFoL in person with @washingtonmind on Saturday, our virtual mental health will be available between 12…

🤔 Kids who are missing our football sessions have come up with a 𝙇𝙤𝙘𝙠𝙙𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝘾𝙝𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙣𝙜𝙚 to stay active while fundraisin… https://t.co/rv2RLz3yCE

👏 Thanks to #SAFC's Tom Flanagan, @LyndenGooch, @LukeONien, @AidenObrien22, Grant Leadbitter, @SandowRs and… https://t.co/ScILWxUsFD

⏳ Over the last 20 years we’ve hosted a variety of fundraising events, backed by a number a famous faces. In 2017… https://t.co/uHdBtKCpDe

🥣 𝑬𝒂𝒄𝒉 𝒅𝒂𝒚 𝒃𝒆𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒔 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒂 𝒃𝒊𝒈 𝒃𝒐𝒘𝒍 𝒐𝒇 𝑾𝒆𝒆𝒕𝒂𝒃𝒊𝒙 📺 𝑨𝒏𝒅 𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒔 𝒔𝒏𝒖𝒈𝒈𝒍𝒆𝒅 𝒖𝒑 𝒊𝒏 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝑵𝒆𝒕𝒇𝒍𝒊𝒙 Families are encouraged… https://t.co/zwkPCjznmC

Our Stories: Richard

Richard found a new lease of life and gained employment thanks to Foundation of Light’s ‘Back in the Game’ programme.

For many years the 26-year-old suffered with anxiety and was a very nervous person, something which all started after his Grandmother sadly passed away in 2010. He started to suffer with mental health problems but like many was too scared to seek help.

“The only time I would leave the house was to go the local Job Centre and then I’d go straight back home after. During this time my mental health suffered but I felt unable to go and get help.”

“One time when I was at the Job Centre, I met the Foundation’s Back in the Game staff. They talked to me about how it could help me get my confidence and motivation back and, despite being a little hesitant, I decided to sign up.”

Through individual support, as well as group work with other jobseekers Richard started to notice a difference and within a matter of weeks he started to regain his confidence which motivated him to change his life.

During his time with the Foundation of Light, Richard completed a Workskills and Personal Social Development Level 1 qualification in Employability, BTEC Level 1 and 2 in Sport as well as a FA Level 1 in Coaching Football, alongside taking part in volunteering with the ‘Back in the Game’ employability programme and Kicks youth programme.

I wanted to repay the help and support the Foundation had given me by volunteering and helping other learners help to overcome similar barriers to myself.

Richard McDonald

Richard was nominated in the Foundation’s annual ‘Top Scorer’ celebration award ceremony, where he won the Increased Confidence Award. “It was very emotional for me winning the award and made me realise how far I have come.”

A few months after Richard’s award win he was shortlisted for the Street Football Team England. The three-day training course held at the state-of-the-art St. George’s Park gave participants an opportunity to access intensive personal development sessions alongside specialist street football coaching. Richard was shortlisted and travelled to Portugal and Norway as part of the team.

“This was the first time I had been abroad on my own and one I will never forget. I met people from all over the world, all from different backgrounds and made me realise I wasn’t the only one who had issues to overcome.”

Most recently Richard accepted the role of Sports Assistant at the Beacon of Light where he supports with the day to day operations of the facility, ensuring every aspect of service within the Beacon meets the high standards customers expect.

“I can’t thank the staff enough for the help and support I have received and with this my mental health and overall wellbeing has improved so much.”

‘Back in the Game’ is an eight-week programme supporting adults aged 19 and over with opportunities to gain qualifications, work experience and employment.

All course participants will be able to access the Beacon of Light’s state-of-the-art World of Work zones, giving learners first-hand experience of equipment used in leading North-East industries, supporting participants to obtain qualifications and skills.

10 September 2018

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