I visited Sheffield Foyer the other week to see firsthand the fantastic service they provide to young people at risk of homelessness and to speak with staff and residents about the challenges they face.
Sheffield Foyer is the largest provider of supported accommodation in Sheffield for young people – with 64 units for people aged between 16 and 25.
Organisations like Sheffield Foyer face a number of problems, including support from the Government, in particular cuts to funding that comes through local Government.
Anything additional from providing computers to food and additional training has to be fundraised for and I was pleased to make a donation recently to provide move-in packs for new residents. Residents often have no income when they move in – often due to having just left their parents’ home, awaiting a first payment of wages or problems with a benefit claim.
This year Sheffield Foyer celebrates its 20th birthday and I will be heading up fundraising efforts alongside it. I was also delighted to be asked to join their advisory committee.
Services like these are vital and it was a privilege to see the excellent work that is going on to support young people who have been homeless get back on track and help them back into education and work.