Blogs from the Foyer Federation team and our friends. Reflections on our work, the Foyer approach, working with young people and other interesting things. To discuss contributing to this blog please email

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We need a ‘deal’ that works for all young people

“Show us what’s next because WE are next”. That phrase has been ringing in my ears for the last few weeks. It came from a short film where young people talked about the impact of Changemakers’…


The art of storytelling: Healthy Conversations

“Stories are a communal currency of humanity.” – Tahir Shah, in Arabian Nights Five iPads. Two apps. One day. Approximately two (hundred) cups of tea.  A whopping twenty five unique and powerful stories waiting to be told….


Finding a voice: Youth Homelessness Parliament

By Dan Grimes The Youth Homelessness Parliament is in its third year and hosted its second sitting in the Houses of Commons on the 9th December 2014. As one of nine founding organisations who are members…


ODP: Changing the story for young carers

The Organisational Development Programme is working with 14 organisations across Birmingham, London and Wales including NHS England and Sport England. Following 5 days of leadership training, aspiring young leaders were placed with organisations as a paid…

Unlocking talent through ‘Business in a Box’

In our fourth Open Talent retrospective, we’re heading to Morecambe Foyer to find out how their ‘Business in a Box’ project impacted their service… Open Talent is about teaching young people employability & personal skills, and…


Housing that benefits all young people

From time to time in recent years the policy proposal to withdraw automatic entitlement to housing benefit for under 25’s gets ‘run up the flagpole’. Through our engagement with the Youth Action Group and other policy…

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Agents of Change: Laura’s Changemakers experience

The Organisation Development Programme (ODP) is part of the Changemakers intitiative – it’s geared towards placing young people in varied organisations, to help develop projects and provide a youth perspective. As part of the ODP, Laura…


The journey of a Health Ambassador

Healthy Conversations Health Ambassadors are a group of 16-25 year olds who have worked alongside the Mental Health Foundation to help other young adults look after their mental health in fun and engaging ways. The Ambassadors…