Making a difference in youth homelessness

How Foyers Work

Foyers are integrated learning and accommodation settings for young people, typically aged 16 – 24 years, who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

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What We Do

The Foyer Foundation was established in 2008 to support the growth and development of the Australian Foyer Movement, similar to the United Kingdom’s Foyer Federation.

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Information & Resources

The Foyer Foundation is a national charity that connect homelesss young people with education and housing to achieve independence.

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Foyer Foundation's quality assurance framework
Our well-attended annual event
Community of Practice
The Foyer national community of practice
Research and Impact
Outcomes and evidence-based research on Foyers programs

Foyers In Australia

Foyers are integrated learning and accommodation settings for young people, typically aged 16 – 24 years, who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

Foyers provide a point in time service that enable young people in transition to develop and achieve educational and employment pathways, exiting in a sustainable way from welfare and service dependence. While there are programs in both the education and homelessness sectors that seek to support young people experiencing disadvantage with their education or accommodation across Australia, there are almost no fully integrated service models focused on education and employment outcomes.

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Advantaged Thinking in a time of crisis

The philosophy of Advantaged Thinking is fundamental to the development and operation of accredited Youth Foyers in Australia.. It was devised by the UK based Colin Falconer (pictured above) during his 14 years as director of innovation at the UK Foyer Federation. At its core, Advantaged Thinking is the recognition that all young people have…

Youth Foyers prepare young residents for COVID19 impact

Youth Foyers across Australia are adopting measures to protect its young residents and staff as the rate of the COVID19 virus increases Australia-wide by the day. Containment measures including hand washing, sanitising, office, apartment and communal room cleaning regimes have been ongoing, but the very nature of Youth Foyers as vibrant hubs of youthful activity…

ABC calls for youth to ‘takeover’ Melbourne and make a difference

Get ready for your close-up young residents at Youth Foyers in Victoria. The ABC is calling on year 10 students across greater Melbourne (and those of equivalent age outside formal education) to share a story about their life through a new ABC initiative, the Takeover Melbourne competition. Takeover Melbourne intends to create a powerful platform…

Meet Foyer Foundation’s new CEO Katie Hooper

Katie Hooper joined the Foyer Foundation in February 2020 after more than decade as the CEO of Foster Care Association of Victoria.  A month into the new role she has discovered the strengths of the Foyer movement and the people who power it. “Thank you to the broader Foyer community for the warm welcome I…

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