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Project information

Making Moves

Making Moves provides young people and adults, with a range of disabilities, the opportunity to access high quality sports and educational programmes.
Making Moves aims to engage this increasingly disadvantaged and isolated group in activities taking place in a fun, friendly and safe environment.

January 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: Foundation of Light

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  • Need


    Disabled young people and adults are becoming an increasingly disadvantaged group, potentially isolated in the community.
    This group are significantly less likely to take part in physical activity, which presents a real risk of further health issues. There is also real potential of social issues including isolation.
    With over 4000 disabled people in Sunderland alone, a group 2.5% less likely to take part in physical activity there is real potential for negative impact on their lives.


    The real issue that young and adult disabled people face is they do not have the opportunity or ability to access physical activity provision,
    We aim to provide this opportunity through a portfolio of programmes including pan-disability multi sport clubs, family events, workshops and in the young peoples case in school delivery.
    We also aim to work with wider mainstream schools on disability awareness programmes to grow the understanding of the issues disabled people face

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To increase access to sport and physical activity to disadvantaged, disabled young people


    » The delivery of physical activity sessions outside of the school curriculum within mainstream units and SEN schools but within the school environment
    » The delivery of out of school multi-sport and pan disability sports clubs and programmes

    What success will look like

    Success will mean increased numbers of participants taking part in activity and also taking part in activity outside of structured sessions. Perspectives of physical is also key

    Aim 2

    To increase awareness of healthy lifestyle choices for disadvantaged children and young people


    » Through the delivery of physical activity sessions, we will also deliver underlying messages of healthy lifestyle choices reducing disadvantage.

    What success will look like

    Increased awareness and understanding of healthy lifestyles and lifestyle choices among participants is the key to the success of this aim. FEEDBACK

    Aim 3

    To address disadvantaged and give the opportunity to develop positive relationships and self belief


    » Through the delivery of multi sport/physical activity sessions in the family environment, encouraging family and sibling interaction
    » Development of disability awareness programmes in mainstream schools to grow the understanding of the issues disabled people face.

    What success will look like

    Increased positive interaction with family and peers is key to this aim. Research will be conducted to ascertain this success, in addition to wider understanding of disability.

  • Impact


    Making Moves aims to have a long term impact upon all participants. More people taking part in physical activity is an important outcome and increasing the understanding of the benefits of doing so. Qualitative and quantitative research will be undertaken with all participants. Developing wider awareness of disability is another important outcome and will evaluated to show success.
    All participants will be signposted on to additional activity and continued provision and this will be recorded.


    The largest risk to this project is a lack of funding. Foundation of Light, one of the largest football club foundations in the country, has a well developed fundraising strategy which helps preserve the longevity of this project.
    Without funding this project would not be able to be delivered and consequently we would not be able to give young and adult people with disabilities the opportunity and access to high quality physical activity and address issues caused by disability.


    We actively work with donors to show them the positive impact that their support has given the community and promote this through our communication channels. All major donors receive a termly report and an annual donor review giving more detailed information about the project and its outcomes.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £32,250

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      Amount Heading Description
      £29,620 Staffing Staff to lead and deliver Making moves
      £480 Additional Staffing costs Training for staff to ensure quality of delivery
      £250 Equipment Purchase of disability specific equimpent for games and activities
      £1,900 Project costs venue hire, promotional items, trophies and branding
  • Background


    The delivery of Making Moves takes place across our region and aims to positiviely impact upon the lives of young people and adults in Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham.
    We also invite participants to visit the Stadium of Light in Sunderland.


    Direct Beneficiaries will be the participants in the various Making Moves activities, both young people and adults, through the opportunity to take part in physical activity and raised awareness of the benefits of doing so
    The wider disabled community will benefit through the development of the disability awareness amongst the wider community of the issues and challenges they face in every day life.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Foundation of Light uses the power of the Sunderland AFC brand, and the enthusiasm people in the region have for Football, to engage them in positive activities. Our charity has a track record of achieving great success running similar projects. We have worked with disability groups and developed a range of programmes and projects for a number of years and have gained various awards recognising our effectiveness at engaging young people through these activities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Kevin Darke

    Kevin is our Disability Specialist and leads on the strategic development, delivery and evaluation of our disability physical activity.