The Foyer Federation has recently reviewed its role and activities and developed a new strategic plan for the period of 2008 – 2011, which sets out a strong vision for our future development.
Our experience over the past 15 years shows that Foyers can and do change the lives of vulnerable young people. At a time when commissioners are shifting resources away from accommodation based services in favour of models using ‘floating support’, we believe the holistic Foyer approach should be adapted to reach out to more young people. In particular, it could be targeted at vulnerable young people who are living either with their families or independently in the social or private rented sector, who nonetheless need support as they make the journey to independent adulthood.
We are already beginning to develop and adapt the Foyer model to create a strong asset base among a wider group of vulnerable young people, enabling them to build the resilience they need to meet the challenges of the future. Over the next three years, we want to work with a range of partners to:
Develop and test new ideas that challenge service providers, commissioners and funders to ‘up their game’;
Influence policy and practice at a national, regional and local level, bringing decision makers into direct contact with young people themselves;
Support frontline organisations to ‘raise the bar’ by helping them replicate or scale up successful initiatives;
Capture and transfer knowledge about what works within and beyond our network.