Posted 13/06/2022

Foyer customers pick up AQA certificates as Youth Power Fund is launched

Young people from across Swan Housing Association’s Foyers came together for an awards ceremony to celebrate their academic achievements and launch of the Youth Power Fund.

The event at the Swan House Foyer in Basildon, on Friday 10 June, was a celebration of achievement for Swan Foyer customers who have completed or are working towards completion of AQA modules. Foyers provide supported accommodation for young people aged 16-25-years-old who would otherwise be at risk of homelessness.

The event was also a chance to formally announce that Swan has been successful in gaining £45,000 grant funding.

The Blagrave Trust has partnered with the Foyer Federation to offer local Foyers the opportunity to bid for funding to support youth leadership. The aim is to fund projects that promote long lasting youth leadership.

At Friday’s event each Foyer customer received a certificate to mark their achievements to date.

The seven modules include: Managing relationships, budgeting and debt management, community awareness and engagement, emotional wellbeing, exploring becoming a tenant, healthy lifestyle and employability skills.

Harry Russell, 24, has been a Foyer customer since last August. He said: “Since I’ve been here my young persons coach has helped me do my driving theory test, learn about cooking and gardening. I’ve completed two AQA modules in emotional wellbeing and exploring becoming a tenant. It’s a really supportive and safe environment.”

Kayleigh, 22, has been a Foyer customer since the end of December last year and aspires to become a police officer. She said: “I’ve completed five AQA modules and attended a theatre trip since I’ve been here. Today’s event has been a great celebration.”

Shani Levy, Director of Care & Specialist Accommodation, added: “What an amazing afternoon we all had celebrating together. The waffle cart went down a treat!

“We are super excited to have gained this funding through the Foyer Federation and are looking forward to seeing our young people grow and develop into confident leaders who have a voice within Swan and their community.”