I was asked to DJ at this event for over 100 business and MP guests at the Sage in Gateshead for Foundation Futures to help raise funds for a new Mini Bus to support this outstanding organisation.
They had never put on an event like this before and MP Ian Mearns compered the evening.
Foundation Futures are a specialist teaching service working with the most at risk, most vulnerable and most disadvantaged young people in NE secondary schools. Many of them are excluded from school, some are at risk of becoming so. All of them are full of untapped potential but have faced deprivation and poverty of expectation. Many if not all have suffered some kind of abuse or neglect. They work long term with them 2 days a week for a full academic year. They expose them to activities, visits and opportunities they would never normally have access to. Throughout they work on their social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and are consistent, and sometimes very tough.
The event was to showcase this approach. It’s to galvanise the local business community in the spirit of helping each other find those reliable young people to staff their businesses and bridge the skills gap.
It’s to showcase these young people’s potential and help others understand that instead of shaking their heads and turning away there are things that everyone can do to reduce the problems these young people suffer and cause.
It was also an attempt to raise £10,000 to buy a new mini bus as the one they use at the moment won’t pass its next MOT!
I offered my services and set about supporting the delivery of the whole event, liaising directly with the Sage at Gateshead to agree the set up area, access and parking arrangements. This included a site visit and arranging early access to reduce the inconvenience to the guests and disruption to the event.
A great night was had by all and significant funds were raised towards this very worthwhile cause.
"Just a quick note to thank you once more for your time and the entertainment. You nailed it! The perfect end to the evening" - Phil - Foundation Futures, Fundraising Evening at Sage Gateshead
"Ian Conway is a top bloke. His disco is just fantastic. He knows how to play to the crowd and please his audience. Professional and reliable and utterly great value. What a nice man. He played at our charity fundraiser for Foundation Futures #championingfutures event at Sage Gateshead and did a great job. I would highly recommend him! Thanks Ian" - Sue Gorton-Davison, Foundation Futures