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Ken Milroy. Chief Executive, Aberdeen Foyer. Aberdeen Foyer. “ All young people need a home, support and a springboard into independent living, learning and work.Some don’t have it. Aberdeen Foyer helps fill the gap”. Aberdeen Foyer Development.

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ken milroy

Ken Milroy

Chief Executive, Aberdeen Foyer

aberdeen foyer
Aberdeen Foyer
  • “All young people need a home, support and a springboard into independent living, learning and work.Some don’t have it. Aberdeen Foyer helps fill the gap”
aberdeen foyer development
Aberdeen FoyerDevelopment

Started as an initiative to improve the co-ordination and delivery of services to young people who were:

  • Homeless/roofless
  • Unemployed
  • Poor health
  • Lacked information
  • Lacked training/education
  • Lacked confidence and motivation
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Aberdeen FoyerDevelopment

Aberdeen 1992 young people facing multiple and interrelated issues

They found themselves going from pillar to post and not resolving their problems

Foyer concept provided a vehicle for ‘joined up thinking and joined up action’

A ‘one stop shop’

the history of uk foyers
The History of UK Foyers
  • Post-war France
    • Massive skills shortages
    • Rural and youth unemployment
    • Foyers ‘et voila’ – French concept enables mobility
    • Foyers receive significant Government support
  • Contemporary Britain
    • 1992 – Shelter, Grand Met, Employment Service
    • Accommodation, training, employment & support
    • UK model is about services for the excluded
    • Little Government funding - better business links
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The History of UKFoyers

1992 foyer federation established as joint initiative by the voluntary sector, business and government

Early foyers, very much housing initiatives in response to escalating youth homelessness

“No home, no job - no job no home”

what is a foyer
What Is a Foyer?

At it’s simplest level the foyer concept is:

  • A form of transitional accommodation for young people (aged 16-25yrs)
  • Linked to training, employment and social support
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What Is a Foyer?

At a more complex level, the foyer is a strategic tool to help prevent and alleviate

  • Labour market exclusion
  • Social exclusion
the foyer aims to
The Foyer Aims To

Meet the needs of disadvantaged young people (16-25 years) assisting them to achieve:

Personal, social and economic independence

what a foyer isn t
What a Foyer isn’t…
  • The only answer
  • But part of a continuum of provision
  • Not for everyone
  • Not about bricks & mortar
  • But a philosophy and approach
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What is a Foyer
  • The ethos…
    • Client centred
    • Holistic services
    • …at a minimum
    • …diversity & innovation
    • …a personal Action Plan is at the centre of services
    • A way of working
what do foyers provide
What do Foyers Provide?
  • Pathway to independence
  • Accommodation for the homeless now…
  • …and access & support to resettlement later
  • Information, advice & guidance on careers
  • Lifestyle choice information
  • Licence to make controlled mistakes
  • Access to other local services, e.g. health
  • Community facilities, e.g. café/gym/IT/health
who is foyer for
Who is Foyer for?
  • 16 – 25 years old
  • In housing need
  • Life change/progression
  • Balance community
    • age, backgrounds, employed,trainees, different issues to overcome
  • Sociallyexcluded young people
    • Ex-offenders, care leavers, homeless
aberdeen foyer board key partners
Aberdeen Foyer BoardKey Partners

Young People

Aberdeen City Council

Aberdeenshire Council

Aberdeen College

Aberdeen Enterprise Trust

Grampian Housing Association

Grampian Careers

NHS Grampian

The Prince’s Trust

Local Business

aberdeen foyer legal status
Aberdeen FoyerLegal Status
  • Charitable company


  • Trading subsidiary (not charitable)
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Aberdeen Foyer Development

Business Plan Published 1994

Trust Est. 1995

Director & Youth Work Coordinator. Appointed 1996

Re-brand - Aberdeen Foyer

Marywell Centre Opens 1997

1st Members Of Support Work Team Appointed 1997

1st Trinity Court Foyer Housing Opens 1998

Foyer Restaurant & Gallery Opens 1999

Vocational Guidance & Training Advisor Appointed 1999 First Member Ed/Training Team

New Deal Gateway Consortium, PTV 1999

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Aberdeen Foyer Development

Torry Foyer Housing Opens 2000

South Aberdeenshire Foyer Housing Opens 2000

NFF - Lifeshaper 2000

Assistant Director Appointed 2000

Mental Health & Well-being Project 2001

North Aberdeenshire Foyer Housing Opens 2002

Foyer/Apex/Arkle GTW Contract/Innovation Fund Projects 2002

PTT & Lifeshaper Established in Peterhead 2002

Foyer Wins P2W Contract & Ambition Construction 2003

Restructuring of SMT 2003

Stonehaven/Family Learning Network/Foyer Drive (2005)

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Aberdeen Foyer Development

1996 – 5 staff

2009 - 150 staff

1996 - £200k pa

2009 - £5.5m pa

aberdeen foyer services
Aberdeen Foyer Services
  • Supported Accommodation (on 6 sites)
  • Foyer Learning (on 8 sites)
  • Foyer Health
  • Foyer Enterprise (on 4 sites)


  • Foyer Music
  • Foyer Art
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Aberdeen Foyer Services

Supported Accommodation

  • Trinity Court, Crown St, Aberdeen - 30 Y/P
  • Victoria Road, Torry, Aberdeen - 14 Y/P
  • Stonehaven - 9 Y/P
  • Banchory – 5 Y/P
  • Peterhead - 16Y/P
  • Fraserburgh - 7 Y/P
  • Move-on with support – 30 Y/P
foyer learning
Foyer Learning
  • Lifeshaper
  • Progress2Work
  • Build & Train
  • Platform to Work
  • Outside In
  • Prince’s Trust Team
  • Get Ready for Work
  • Training for Work
  • 69% applicants for tenancy identified a health related problem
  • rises to 91% on interview
  • predominantly mental health issues & drug/alcohol problems
  • most actively seeking help & support
  • Not addressing prevailing health issues prevents ‘moving- on’
  • unhealthy & chaotic lifestyles
  • poor relationships, feelings of guilt
  • 2000 Foyer health services ad-hoc, time consuming, lacked consistency & structure
  • Need for specialist skills and experience
Sorted not Screwed Up
  • Sorted and Active
  • Sorted with the Arts
  • Smoking and Cannabis cessation
  • Alternative therapies
  • Community Drugs rehabilitation (Lifeshaper)
Optimism Project (Scottish Executive)
  • Sorted in the Kitchen
  • FSA Homelessness & Nutrition
  • Training
  • Employability services
  • Healthy Working Lives
foyer enterprise
Foyer Enterprise

Aberdeen Foyer’s trading company

Key objectives:

  • Income generation
  • Interface with the wider communit
  • Employment/training opportunities

Supporting the wider work of Aberdeen Foyer

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Foyer Enterprise

Scottish Business in the Community Social Enterprise of the Year 2007

Foyer Graphics

Foyer Restaurant + Gallery

Foyer Restaurant + Café Bar at His Majesty’s Theatre

Foyer Works – property maintenance

Roadwise Driver Training

Aberdeen Foyer

supports young people towards independent living, learning and work

supports individuals to engage in learning in communities across the north east

addresses skills shortages in the local economy

provides creative solutions to complex social issues

promotes health and wellbeing

manages successful businesses