Staff, volunteers and Young People who access Andover’s only commissioned residential and ‘drop in’ youth service, were today celebrating it’s new name and conditional accreditation from the nationally renowned Foyer Federation, who transform the lives of young people.
Formally known as The Junction and run by local charity Alabaré, the integrated learning and accommodation service for 16-21 year olds is now known as The Andover Foyer and comprises of The Andover Foyer Drop In Centre and two accommodation sites at River House and Sarum House which provide 26 beds for young people. The Andover Foyer Drop In Centre offers support and training to those both resident at Sarum and River House as well as Young People within the local community.
The Andover Foyer is now part of a network of accredited learning and accommodation centres across the UK known as ‘Foyers’. Foyers provide thousands of young people a year with a secure place to live, where skilled staff invest in their personal development, health and wellbeing, reconnect them with learning and move them closer to the world of work.
Vanessa Bedford, Care and Support Manager, Young People, at Alabaré said,
“Today is all about celebrating our heritage of excellent support and care to the Young People of Hampshire and the South West of England and looking forward to an exciting and enriching partnership with the Foyer Federation.
“Together, Alabaré and the Foyer Federation are putting the young people who access our services at the heart of our work. Together, we will continue to provide high quality leadership in the field of youth development.
“By placing young people at the heart of all we do, we will help young people to have a chance to realise their potential, build a thriving, independent and sustainable adulthood, and become valuable assets to society.”
Jane Slowey CBE, Chief Executive at the Foyer Federation said,
“Life can be very challenging for young people who don’t get a decent start in life. For over two decades, Foyers have been providing young people with a safe and secure place to live while reconnecting them with learning and supporting their employability and health and wellbeing.
“At the heart of the Foyer approach is a ‘something for something’ deal, which requires the young person to commit to the service and, at the same time, makes sure the Foyer tailors its offer to their individual needs.
“We are delighted that Andover Foyer has made a commitment to the quality of its offer to young people by opting to undertake Foyer accreditation. We look forward to working with them as part of the Foyer network as we continue to raise the bar for young people”.
Kit Malthouse, MP for North West Hampshire, who supports this vital service, said of Alabaré’s accreditation,
“Nobody should be ever be left behind and everyone must get the chance to fulfil their potential. This idea is at the heart of this wonderful charity and the Andover Foyer’s deserved accreditation shows that they are ready to help even more young people with the same dedication and kindness that has made such a difference to the community already.”
For more information on The Andover Foyer and the work which Alabaré does, please visitwww.alabare.co.uk