Our Stories

Who better to tell our story than those whose lives we've had the biggest impact on.

The cross-section of people we work with is unparalleled within our community; we work with those aged 18 months to 80+ and offer something for everyone; with programmes impacting on health, behaviour, attitude, skills, knowledge and much more...

Josita's Story

Signing up with the Foundation was a life-changing moment for Josita. Not only has she supported some of the most vulnerable in the community but it has a made huge difference to her confidence.

Mary's Story

Mary first joined our Extra Time Hub hoping to find companionship and new friends. As an active member of our volunteer committee, ‘Mrs Motivator’ Mary has championed that cause, helping us ensure that older people across the region are not lonely.

Aidan and Emily's Story

Aidan and Emily live and breathe football. The brother and sister duo have progressed through our football pathways. Being the only girl on her team doesn’t stop Emily from achieving her potential...

Alexander's Story

Before coming to the Foundation, Alexander struggled to focus and engage in activities. Now a regular at the Beacon of Light, joining our programme of specialised disability sessions, he always has a smile on his face...

Holly's Story

After struggling during lockdown, Holly and her daughter joined our online courses to learn together. 700+ people have improved their Maths and English through our informal learning programmes, giving them the confidence to change their lives.

Scott's Story

Scott made the brave step to seek help when his struggles became too much and he tried to take his own life. As an ambassador for positive mental health he now encourages others to seek help, helping us to deliver workshops at local football clubs.

Help us make a difference

We've been supporting communities across the North East for over 20 years.

Thanks to your support, we're tackling some of the region's biggest challenges including social isolation, unemployment, food poverty and poor physical and mental health.

Do you know...for every £1 invested in our work, we save the public purse £39?

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