The Whitehaven Foyer, a capital investment transformed the disused YMCA building on Irish Street, into an innovative and inspirational ‘Foyer’ to provide young homeless people opportunities to live independently, access training and work.
Foyers are projects for young people that provide “a springboard to independent living, training and work” offering accommodation and a range of support facilities in one building. They house young people 16-25, who have been homeless, who are vulnerable, lacking in life skills and who have left school with few qualifications. Assisting them to have a successful transition to a self-reliant adult life, often alongside community resource centres extending this facility to the wider community.
The Foyer’s activities incorporate the ‘working assets’ approach running social enterprise projects that will develop individual assets in capability and character. These will build skills, resources and ability through practical activities preparing participants for the world of work or developing their own business start-up.
The capital investment provided the capital costs to transform a disused building into a fit for purpose Foyer, including:
- 15 flats for vulnerable young people
- 2 additional flats for young parents
- Provision of engagement in education, employment, and training
- Personal development opportunities to make a positive contribution to the local community
- To complete construction of the Whitehaven Foyer on budget.
- To provide accommodation for 15 young people and 2 young parents along with services tailored to their needs, to enable young people to actively engage in education, employment and training.