Foyer young­sters show off new skills

Herald Express - - Down Your Way -

A CEL­E­BRA­TION event to mark a new pack­age of sup­port for young peo­ple across the bay was held at Tor­bay Foyer.

Lead­ing hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion LiveWest were given the green light by Tor­bay Coun­cil to pro­vide a range of ac­tiv­i­ties for young peo­ple aged 16 to 25.

Since open­ing in 2004 Tor­bay Foyer, which is based in Teign­mouth Road, has pro­vided ac­com­mo­da­tion for young peo­ple who have found them­selves on the verge of home­less­ness.

Now the foyer, run by LiveWest staff, is able to put mea­sures in place to help them gain em­ploy­ment and live in­de­pen­dently.

The cel­e­bra­tion event was a show­case of the skills the young peo­ple have ac­quired, with work­shops on money man­age­ment, cook­ing on a bud­get, em­ploy­a­bil­ity, hous­ing and in­de­pen­dent liv­ing.

Tor­bay Foyer ser­vice man­ager Sh­eryl Cole­man said: “Tor­bay Foyer pro­vides an es­sen­tial ser­vice for young peo­ple in the bay.

“The ser­vice pro­vides ac­com­mo­da­tion for up to 20 young peo­ple aged 16 to 25 of­fer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop es­sen­tial skills to sus­tain in­de­pen­dent liv­ing.”

Sh­eryl Cole­man added: “It has been a real priv­i­lege for me and the team to work with an amaz­ing group of young peo­ple and be part of their jour­ney and their suc­cesses.”

LiveWest helped over 550 young peo­ple move on from sup­ported hous­ing to live in­de­pen­dently in the past year.

As well as Tor­bay Foyer, LiveWest also man­age Leat­side and Mill­court Foyer in New­ton Ab­bot.

Kathy Gil­more, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Hous­ing Sup­port at LiveWest, said: “LiveWest has en­joyed a long re­la­tion­ship with Tor­bay Coun­cil sup­port­ing young peo­ple in the area. The new ser­vice model we are pro­vid­ing has come about through that strong re­la­tion­ship.

“I’m proud of all the great work the team do, and look for­ward to them con­tin­u­ing to get the best out­comes they can for the young peo­ple who use the ser­vices we of­fer.

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