19 Feb 2019

Harrison Centre backs social mobility celebration

The Harrison Centre for Social Mobility is proud to be sponsoring a special event at the Beacon of Light in Sunderland to recognise the achievements of local people who have worked with the Sunderland-based charity over the last 12 months.


Sunderland AFC fan Sir Tim Rice, who wrote the words for many of the nation’s most-loved musicals including Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Aladdin and The Lion King will host the event on 6thMarch.


Foundation of Light Chief Executive Lesley Spuhler OBE said: “Sir Tim has been a Foundation of Light trustee since our launch 18 years ago and we are very grateful that he is generously bringing his talents, and those of his friends, to our city for an event that will benefit thousands on Wearside and beyond.”


The Harrison Centre for Social Mobility is based at the Beacon of Light’s World of Work Zone, delivering enterprise and employability programmes.


Big congratulations also to our friends at the Newcastle United Foundation on the unveiling of their multi-million pound community hub, another project the Harrison Centre is proud to support.


Analysis by Ernst & Young shows that the Newcastle United Foundation’s award- winning, life-changing community projects have made an impressive impact.


Investing £3.2m in delivering its programmes during 2017/18, the Foundation generated £22.5m in community value – a ratio of £7 in social impact for every £1 invested.


Since being launched a decade ago, demand for the Foundation’s projects has grown dramatically. Participant numbers have increased by 480% since its first year of operations in 2008/09.


In 2017/18, attendances at its community projects topped 58,000 – with more than 27,000 individuals attending at least one programme event or course.