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 modest, 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 Colombia and the UK to bring about our aims.


Our goal is to create a supportive environment where disadvantaged young children are given the opportunity to try a range of technical and vocational skills and to provide them with the professional training they need to obtain legitimate employment.


Our aim is to help young people to help themselves and ultimately achieve true independence.

Over 300 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

Over the last five years we have trained over 250 youngsters from impoverished urban communities in Colombia as assistant accountants. Due to our unique model which teaches life skills and values as well as professional etiquette and the necessary vocational skills over half of these youngsters still find themselves in salaried employment until today. 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.”