The Dan Eley Foundation - Charity Homepage - Transforming Young Lives
Charity, Young people, Columbia, United Kingdom, Training, NGO, UK
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The Dan Eley Foundation is a streamlined, highly accountable charity whose mission is to provide practical support to young people living in poverty or disadvantaged circumstances. We focus on teaching employment and life skills that will increase their employment potential and enable them to lead more fulfilling and productive lives.

The Dan Eley Foundation is a modest, highly accountable charity who works closely with other partner charities both in the UK and in Colombia to bring about our aims.


Our goal is to create a supportive environment where young people at risk of being marginalised are given the opportunity to learn vital employment and entrepreneurship skills so they can be more competitive in the local job market and understand the skills required to start their own business.


We endeavour is to provide opportunities to young people living in poverty or adversity through the delivery of intensive apprenticeship courses carefully designed to teach the professional and technical skills required to obtain legitimate, career-focused employment.


Our objective is to support young people by teaching them the skills to live productive and fulfilling lives.

Over 600 young people have benefited from our programmes to date.


Fresh Start is the name we have given to our local work with disadvantaged youth in the Surrey area. We provide individual bursaries to students from low income families at local schools to enable them to participate in training days, Duke of Edinburgh exhibitions, and other vocational activities. We also support programmes which teach life skills and provide mentoring services for young people living troubled lives. Read more here


Since 2012 we have been running a partner project with a grassroots Colombian charity called Fundación Educación para Todos (FEDUT). Since our alliance we have trained over 500 youngsters from slum areas in Cali as junior accountants and marketing and sales reps. The unique training model of FEDUT, which is holistic in its approach, teaches vital life skills and core values as well as professional norms technical skills and knowledge. Our courses are Government accredited and recognized as a ‘Certificate of Technical Training’. Read more here


We have followed the progress of many of our graduates since the inception of our partner programme in 2012. Over 250 of our students have found and retained gainful employment in related field, usually in the face of difficult personal obstacles and circumstances. Many have gone on to continue their career development at university. Read some of their stories

We are an efficient and streamlined charity with minimal expenditure on overheads and operating costs.

Our audited annual reports can be found on the charity commission website.


Even the smallest contribution can make a difference to a young person’s life.

Dan Eley as a speaker


Since 2012, when Dan started his charity, he has been giving talks about the life changing impact of his injury and how to overcome such adversity, turning it into success and a more profound sense of fulfilment in life.


He has given talks to people of all ages in vast range of settings including motivational talks to corporations, to talking about life with disability to children in local schools.


“Dan delivers a very powerful and incisive talk which is equally moving and joyful. Indeed his is a personal story to remind us that the human spirit is indomitable. From his unique perspective Dan explains brilliantly how we can all do so much more than just cope with adversity.”