Support for Foyer residents

Posted on the 2nd October 2020

The Foyer in Welwyn Hatfield is home to young people aged 16-25 in housing need. They are supported by several dedicated members of staff who provide help and guidance, with support plans set up for each resident when they arrive by a dedicated skills coordinator. Sessions with staff include topics like life skills, understanding mental health, tenancy management and even steps to getting them into employment.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, finding employment has been even more difficult for these residents. Nancy Watson, Foyer Team Leader, said “it’s been really challenging for these young people to find work, especially as a lot of them have a lack of work experience and it’s only been made harder by the pandemic”.

The team have provided as much support as possible during this time, the IT suite has been refurbished so residents now have access to eight computers which are partnered with Oakland college and their network, meaning they can access the college internet system and apply for jobs. Residents are also able to gain an AQA award to recognise their achievements, whether that is going through the process of finding work and employment or even gaining a promotion.

Thanks to the great support network in place at the Foyer, one resident has just left to begin their first year at university, studying digital marketing. A great achievement for both the tenant and the Foyer team!

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