Posts by Sue Davison

A Girl Like Lisa

Lisa is 16 and has both suffered from and witnessed extreme domestic abuse. She now lives away from her abuser but still suffers the effects of the violence she has seen and experienced. Mainstream school has been impossible. Lisa’s anxiety caused her to display extremely challenging responses to the movement around school and the expectations…

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This girl CAN

This girl has faced disadvantage we can only imagine She fights her fear and demons every day She forces herself to do things she never thought she could. She’s held lambs and snakes, she’s dredged rivers and laid paths. She’s climbed mountains and hidden in full combats. She’s canoed and painted out graffiti. She’s met,…

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Why volunteering is good for everyone

Gain Day on May 15 – has been proven to make a massive difference to local communities. It also brings health-boosting benefits to employees who donate their time to help good causes. A report last year to mark national Volunteers’ Week revealed that four in five people found volunteering beneficial to their wellbeing with six…

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I can’t help think we are missing something….

Having read Jane Merrick’s article about Tristram Hunt’s wish for “Skills Skills Skills” in this Sunday’s Independent, I can’t help think we are missing something. Whilst fundamentally I completely agree that the education system is not preparing the majority of young people for work, I think we need a more considered approach which appreciates and…

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Year 11s finding out that they can do!

This group of young people from the North East recently completed a programme with us at Foundation Futures. This is a photo of them after their celebration event. These young people are packed full of ambition and potential. They are not particularly successful academically. They have been at risk of exclusion and have sometimes demonstrated…

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