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  1. Ken Milroy Chief Executive, Aberdeen Foyer

  2. Aberdeen Foyer • “All young people need a home, support and a springboard into independent living, learning and work.Some don’t have it. Aberdeen Foyer helps fill the gap”

  3. Aberdeen FoyerDevelopment Started as an initiative to improve the co-ordination and delivery of services to young people who were: • Homeless/roofless • Unemployed • Poor health • Lacked information • Lacked training/education • Lacked confidence and motivation

  4. Aberdeen FoyerDevelopment Aberdeen 1992 young people facing multiple and interrelated issues They found themselves going from pillar to post and not resolving their problems Foyer concept provided a vehicle for ‘joined up thinking and joined up action’ A ‘one stop shop’

  5. The History of UK Foyers • Post-war France • Massive skills shortages • Rural and youth unemployment • Foyers ‘et voila’ – French concept enables mobility • Foyers receive significant Government support • Contemporary Britain • 1992 – Shelter, Grand Met, Employment Service • Accommodation, training, employment & support • UK model is about services for the excluded • Little Government funding - better business links

  6. The History of UKFoyers 1992 foyer federation established as joint initiative by the voluntary sector, business and government Early foyers, very much housing initiatives in response to escalating youth homelessness “No home, no job - no job no home”

  7. What Is a Foyer? At it’s simplest level the foyer concept is: • A form of transitional accommodation for young people (aged 16-25yrs) • Linked to training, employment and social support

  8. What Is a Foyer? At a more complex level, the foyer is a strategic tool to help prevent and alleviate • Labour market exclusion • Social exclusion

  9. The Foyer Aims To Meet the needs of disadvantaged young people (16-25 years) assisting them to achieve: Personal, social and economic independence

  10. What a Foyer isn’t… • The only answer • But part of a continuum of provision • Not for everyone • Not about bricks & mortar • But a philosophy and approach

  11. What is a Foyer • The ethos… • Client centred • Holistic services • …at a minimum • …diversity & innovation • …a personal Action Plan is at the centre of services • A way of working

  12. What do Foyers Provide? • Pathway to independence • Accommodation for the homeless now… • …and access & support to resettlement later • Information, advice & guidance on careers • Lifestyle choice information • Licence to make controlled mistakes • Access to other local services, e.g. health • Community facilities, e.g. café/gym/IT/health

  13. Who is Foyer for? • 16 – 25 years old • In housing need • Life change/progression • Balance community • age, backgrounds, employed,trainees, different issues to overcome • Sociallyexcluded young people • Ex-offenders, care leavers, homeless

  14. Aberdeen Foyer BoardKey Partners Young People Aberdeen City Council Aberdeenshire Council Aberdeen College Aberdeen Enterprise Trust Grampian Housing Association Grampian Careers NHS Grampian The Prince’s Trust Local Business

  15. Aberdeen FoyerLegal Status • Charitable company Plus • Trading subsidiary (not charitable)

  16. Aberdeen Foyer Development Business Plan Published 1994 Trust Est. 1995 Director & Youth Work Coordinator. Appointed 1996 Re-brand - Aberdeen Foyer Marywell Centre Opens 1997 1st Members Of Support Work Team Appointed 1997 1st Trinity Court Foyer Housing Opens 1998 Foyer Restaurant & Gallery Opens 1999 Vocational Guidance & Training Advisor Appointed 1999 First Member Ed/Training Team New Deal Gateway Consortium, PTV 1999

  17. Aberdeen Foyer Development Torry Foyer Housing Opens 2000 South Aberdeenshire Foyer Housing Opens 2000 NFF - Lifeshaper 2000 Assistant Director Appointed 2000 Mental Health & Well-being Project 2001 North Aberdeenshire Foyer Housing Opens 2002 Foyer/Apex/Arkle GTW Contract/Innovation Fund Projects 2002 PTT & Lifeshaper Established in Peterhead 2002 Foyer Wins P2W Contract & Ambition Construction 2003 Restructuring of SMT 2003 Stonehaven/Family Learning Network/Foyer Drive (2005)

  18. Aberdeen Foyer Development 1996 – 5 staff 2009 - 150 staff 1996 - £200k pa 2009 - £5.5m pa

  19. Aberdeen Foyer Services • Supported Accommodation (on 6 sites) • Foyer Learning (on 8 sites) • Foyer Health • Foyer Enterprise (on 4 sites) Plus • Foyer Music • Foyer Art

  20. Aberdeen Foyer Services Supported Accommodation • Trinity Court, Crown St, Aberdeen - 30 Y/P • Victoria Road, Torry, Aberdeen - 14 Y/P • Stonehaven - 9 Y/P • Banchory – 5 Y/P • Peterhead - 16Y/P • Fraserburgh - 7 Y/P • Move-on with support – 30 Y/P

  21. Foyer Learning • Lifeshaper • Progress2Work • Build & Train • Platform to Work • Outside In • Prince’s Trust Team • Get Ready for Work • Training for Work

  22. Rationale • 69% applicants for tenancy identified a health related problem • rises to 91% on interview • predominantly mental health issues & drug/alcohol problems • most actively seeking help & support • Not addressing prevailing health issues prevents ‘moving- on’

  23. Rationale • unhealthy & chaotic lifestyles • poor relationships, feelings of guilt • 2000 Foyer health services ad-hoc, time consuming, lacked consistency & structure • Need for specialist skills and experience

  24. Sorted not Screwed Up • Sorted and Active • Sorted with the Arts • Smoking and Cannabis cessation • Alternative therapies • Community Drugs rehabilitation (Lifeshaper)

  25. Optimism Project (Scottish Executive) • Sorted in the Kitchen • FSA Homelessness & Nutrition • Training • Employability services • Healthy Working Lives

  26. Foyer Enterprise Aberdeen Foyer’s trading company Key objectives: • Income generation • Interface with the wider communit • Employment/training opportunities Supporting the wider work of Aberdeen Foyer

  27. Foyer Enterprise Scottish Business in the Community Social Enterprise of the Year 2007 Foyer Graphics Foyer Restaurant + Gallery Foyer Restaurant + Café Bar at His Majesty’s Theatre Foyer Works – property maintenance Roadwise Driver Training

  28. Foyer Restaurant & Gallery

  29. Foyer Restaurant + Café Bar at HMT

  30. property maintenance service

  31. Aberdeen Foyer supports young people towards independent living, learning and work supports individuals to engage in learning in communities across the north east addresses skills shortages in the local economy provides creative solutions to complex social issues promotes health and wellbeing manages successful businesses