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On Wednesday 27th September the Foyer Foundation held their inaugural Awards, followed by their annual Practice Event Conference on Thursday 28th September, both events were held at Conference Aston Birmingham.

The Awards night had a dual purpose of celebrating 25 years of the Foyer Federation and perhaps most importantly celebrating success from across the Foyer network.

Over a three course dinner, young people, staff and Foyers were recognised across 10 award categories. With over 100 delegates in attendance, there was a vibrant atmosphere and each winner was announced to thunderous applause, recognising the hard work and dedication each put into supporting young people.

The Foyer Federation’s CEO Tokunbo Ajasa-Oluwa said, “The Awards shone a spotlight on successes that might otherwise be overlooked. They were the perfect platform to showcase Foyer talent and the abundance of young and staff talent was phenomenal. There was a tremendous buzz in the room, with both the anticipation of who was going to win and the feel good factor when the winner was announced.

The Practice Event is the Foyer Federation’s annual conference, providing an opportunity for delegates to further develop their services by obtaining insights from the Foyer Federation and a plethora of external partners. One of the key highlights was the young person panel, in which six young people took to the stage to answer the Foyer network’s questions. New for this year was the online questionnaire to summarise experiences across the day. There was positive feedback from the day and all delegates will have taken away some more advantage thinking ideas.


A full list of the award winners

Award Name Foyer Housing Association
Unsung Hero – Young Person Ahmed Ali Bekhet Weston Foyer Sanctury
Inspiration Award Kyle Jenkins Quay Foyer Poole Stonewater
Positive Move On Award George Shoobridge Baintree Foyer Saha
Foyer Legend Gary Smith Bridge Foyer Your Housing Group
Young Person’s Choice Award – Staff member Bev Ford Basildon Foyer Swann
Unsung Hero Award – Staff membr Alan Sharp Exeter Foyer Stonewater
Best Partnership Award YMCA Derby, Working Assets and Toyota YMCA Derbyshire
Places and Spaces Foyer Fitness Ravenhead Foyer Your Housing Group
Foyer of the Year Step by Step Aldershot
Special mention Peter Godden-Kent Baintree Foyer Saha

Contact Communications Co-ordinator Ruth Woods ruth@foyer.net


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