Foundation chief speaks at University event

by Foundation of Light

CEO to talk about innovative lifelong learning scheme.

Foundation of Light Chief Executive Lesley Spuhler will take to the stage on 14 March to discuss the impact research of the organisation’s Family Learning programme.

Northumbria University are holding a symposium delivery of three papers, disseminating the research findings from the Social Impact Assessment of the Wider Family Learning Programmes offered by the Foundation of Light, the registered charity of Sunderland AFC.

The research was commissioned by the charity last year and revealed overwhelmingly positive impacts of the programme on participating families and communities.

Health and Life Sciences at Northumbria University holds specific research expertise in relation to family learning.

This engagement event provides an opportunity to uncover Northumbria University’s findings and establish a regional network of stakeholders involved in developing family learning programmes and/or skills development and community cohesion.

This event will be relevant to family learning leads and practitioners, children’s centre personnel, school staff, foundation staff from premiership clubs, University staff and students.

Organisers hope this event will foster relationships for future partnership projects in a climate where gaining where gaining further funding for activity, needs to be based on the evidence of impact.

Lesley Spuhler commented on the event: “It is vital that organisations such as ours are able to demonstrate measurable outcomes from our programmes. Undertaking this research with Northumbria University has helped us identify and articulate how exactly one of our flagship programmes is impacting on lives, something that sets us apart from other organisations in our field.”

The event, held at the Coach Lane Campus West, 14 March 3-6pm, is free to attend. Places can be booked by emailing