A specialist learning provider is aiming to raise £10,000 for a new bus to help continue its life-changing work.
Foundation Futures works with vulnerable, disadvantaged and at-risk young people in the region.
The not-for-profit organisation offers specialist support to young people, embedding maths and English skills alongside offering practical life advice, work related experience and engaging them in volunteering activities.
The organisation uses its bus to take young people on more than 100 outings each year but the vehicle is in urgent need of replacement and will fail its next MOT.
Foundation Futures, established by Sue Davison and Christine Henwood, has been working across the region since 2013 including North Tyneside Council and North Tyneside’s off-site PALS education service based at the Linskill Centre.
To help raise the £10,000 needed for a new bus, a dinner – #ChampioningFutures – is being held at Sage Gateshead.
Sue said: “We are committed to helping young people find out what they can do, rather than what they can’t. Education is at the core of everything, it helps to change lives.
“Many of them come from the most troubled starts in life and have very low confidence and expectations.
“The bus is a vital asset to us and allows us to get to these young people, to take them places, to pick them up and drop them off, and show them some of the world they’ve never seen before.”
“The one we use now is dilapidated to say the least and we desperately need a new one. It’s a vital asset for us and one which will enable us to continue to engage with our young people in the ways that we know works and truly does help them.”
The Foundation Futures Fundraiser #ChampioiningFutures is being held at Sage Gateshead on September 29. Tickets are £75 each for the black tie dinner with entertainment, all of which will go directly towards paying for the new bus.
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