The Foyer Federation

The Foyer Federation

Charity information

The Foyer Federation

Over the past 25 years, the Foyer Federation has built an extensive network of 83 independent, locally-based accredited Foyers around the UK.
Foyers integrate housing, education, training, employment support, health and well-being and personal development for young people aged 16-25. They provide a safe place for over 5,000 young people a year to live, learn and begin to become the adults they wish to be.

Foyers tackle the causes of a young person’s housing need and provide holistic support.

Founded 1992

  • Mission statement

    The Foyer Federation develops new ways of working with young people who are struggling to make the transition to adulthood. Founded in 1992 by Shelter and Grand Metropolitan (now Diageo), the Foyer model was developed as a radical response to high levels of youth unemployment and youth homelessness. For over two decades, the Foyer Federation has been creating innovative, transformational programmes and campaigns which fill gaps in community services. We pilot, test and replicate these programmes within and beyond our network of members and use the learning to challenge policy and decision makers to make a more effective and longer-term investment in young people.

    Our mission is to see all young people thrive and to make the transition to adult independence. The direct experience of young people and those working with them helps inform our understanding of the barriers facing young people and, helps us to develop new approaches to overcome them.

    At the core of our approach lies a philosophy we have called ‘Advantaged Thinking’.

    Advantaged Thinking is an ‘asset-based’ approach that lies at the heart of everything we do and underpins the Foyer Federation’s 7 year vision for a positive investment in young people. Over the past few years, our network of Foyers has provided an excellent test bed for showcasing Advantaged Thinking in action.

  • Aims

    The Foyer Federation aims to:

    • That every young person can thrive - instead of just coping or surviving - with an opportunity to fulfill their potential
    • To see young people’s strengths, talent and value recognised by society
    • That all young people, especially those who can’t live at home, get the same investment in their future as other young people
    • That the concept of Foyers are promoted and championed in the UK
    • That Foyers receive the support, quality assurance and accreditation they need to be sustainable entities and offer the best ‘deal’ to young people
  • Overview

    Established: June 1992

    Registered Charity Number: 1040482

    Board members: 9

    Full time staff: 7

    Part time staff: 1

    Phone number: 020 7430 2212

    Address: THE FOYER FEDERATION, CAN Mezzanine, 7-14 Great Dover Street SE1 4YR

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