Foyer youngsters show off new skills
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.