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 vital 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 through the delivery of intensive apprenticeship courses carefully designed to teach the professional and technical skills required to obtain legitimate, career-oriented employment.


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

Over 500 young people have benefited from our programmes to date.

Dan Eley in a hospital bed after his accident in Columbia, three days after his accident

After his accident Dan spent a year in hospital, initially fighting for his life and then facing up to the enormous emotional and physical challenges of being so severely paralysed. Here you can read about Dan’s arduous journey from despair to the fulfilment of a long-held dream. Read more

Graduates from The Dan Eley Foundation Trust in Columbia

Since our inception in 2012 we have trained over 400 youngsters from deprived urban communities in Colombia as junior accountants. The unique training model of our partner charity FEDUT teaches vital life skills and core values as well as professional norms and the technical skills required to thrive in the professional working environment. Our courses are Government accredited and recognized by the Colombian Ministry of Education as a ‘Certificate of Technical Training’. Just over half of our graduates obtain employment immediately on completion of the eight month course. Read more

Andres, a graduate of the Dan Eley Foundation Trust
Case Studies

We have tracked the progress of many of our successful graduates since the inception of our apprenticeship programme in 2012. Over 100 of our students have found and retained gainful employment in related field, often in the face of dire personal circumstances. Read some of their stories here

A trainee of The Dan Eley Foundation and partner charity Skillway

In 2016 The Dan Eley Foundation started an alliance with Surrey Youth Support Services to help some of the most disadvantaged young people in the southwest Surrey area. Together we identify youngsters most in need and provide them with the equipment and support services they need to get back into education and/or training. Read more


A video showing our programmes for disadvantaged youngsters both in South America and locally in the UK. Thanks for all your support!


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.”