Families celebrate at the SoL

by Foundation of Light

Hundreds of parents and children recognised at ceremony.

Sunderland’s Stadium of Light welcomed over 700 families recently as it played host to a special graduation ceremony.

The Sir Bob Murray Family Learning Graduations celebrates the achievements of families who have taken part in the Foundation of Light’s award-winning Family Learning programmes.

The range of Family Learning programmes help children and adults learn together, covering topics such as effective parenting, numeracy and literacy, whilst promoting healthy and positive lifestyles.

SAFC legend, club Ambassador and Foundation of Light Ambassador Jimmy Montgomery was on hand at the event to congratulate graduating families.

Delivered in Primary Schools across the North East, Family Learning is funded by Sunderland City Council FACL, South Tyneside ACL and Durham County Council Adult Learning and Skills Service, with support from Caterpillar, Cestria Community Housing, Derwentside Homes, ISOS Housing and livin.

Sponsored by Foundation of Light Chair of Trustees and Sunderland AFC Honorary Life President, Sir Bob Murray CBE, the graduations are held three times a year with more than 2,000 families graduating in 2013.

Speaking about the upcoming event Sir Bob Murray CBE commented: “I’d like to express my congratulations to all of the children, parents and grandparents who have graduated at the Stadium of Light this December. It gives me great pleasure to know that those who have sought to improve themselves and their families are able to celebrate their achievements at the Stadium of Light and I hope that they all had a fantastic day.”

Foundation of Light Head of Lifelong Learning Matt Hill added: “We’ve had another record year with our Family Learning team working with more people than ever before.  These graduations are a great way of reminding us of why the Family Learning programme is so important and we hope to develop it even more in 2014 so that even more families can benefit.”

Family Learning programmes are FREE to schools across Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham.

For further information, including how to get their schools involved Head Teachers are advised to contact matthew.hill@safc.com or call 0191 551 5067