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Foyer Foundation Annual Report

Firstly, a big thank you to all our Foyers for their support in providing us information and images for our 2019-2020 Annual Report. We’re excited to say it is done and we hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed showcasing the inspiring and committed work of the Foyers during the last 12…

Innovation in Victorian Youth Foyers

As part of our innovation this year, the Foyer Foundation worked with local musician Rach Trainor to host virtual Jam Sessions for our Victorian Foyers in lockdown. In 7 sessions over 3 months, Rach offered entertainment and a fun, inclusive activity across all skill levels, from professional musicians – to those just wanted to clap…

Foyer Feature: Education First Youth Foyer (EFYF) GoTafe

This time we’re showcasing a Victorian Foyer, Education First Youth Foyer (EFYF) GoTafe known to us at the Foyer Foundation as, Shepp Foyer. The first thing you notice when you visit Shepp Foyer (whether that is via a drive up the Goulburn Valley Fwy or clicking on their social media pages) is that they do…

Foyer Foundation Welcomes New Board Member

The Foyer Foundation is very excited to welcome new Board Member Rhys Edwards. Director, Rhys Edwards has joined, representing us in Tasmania. Foyer Foundation is excited to be developing sites in Australia’s southern state and having Rhys on the team fills us with confidence for the future of Foyer. Foyer Foundation CEO Katie Hooper announced…

Listen to Episode One of the Foyer Foundation Podcast

Welcome to the first episode of Blown Away: Conversations In Youth Foyers with Chloe Shorten and Lelani Nelson. Chloe Shorten is a mother, author and inaugural ambassador for the Foyer Foundation. Lelani Nelson is a student, youth advisor and Foyer resident. The two sat down for a virtual cup of tea, to discuss the challenges…

Northern Territory Appoint Two Housing Ministers

Great news in the Northern Territory with the appointment of two housing ministers. This month Kate Worden was appointed the new Minister for Territory Families and Urban Housing and Chansey Paech as the new Minister for Remote Housing and Town Camps. NT Shelter’s Executive Officer Peter McMillan said “Housing is a key portfolio in Government…

Foyer Foundation Support R U OK? Day 2020

Foyer Foundation show their support of R U OK? Day today, and everyday. R U OK?’s vision is a world where we’re all connected and are protected from suicide. Their mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life. This year has presented a…

Supporter profile: Professor Mark Ashton

The Foyer Foundation would like to acknowledge with thanks the generous contribution of Professor Mark Ashton in funding the publication of our Annual Report. Professor Ashton is the Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Melbourne and past Head of Plastic Surgery at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. He is President of the Australian Society of Plastic…

How Youth Foyers Help Improve Family Relationships

Ahead of Father’s Day 2020, we talked to Foyer student and resident Benjamin on how living in a Foyer has improved his relationship with his Father and what the day means to him. How long have you been living at the in Foyer? I have lived at the Shepparton Education First Youth Foyer for around…

Foyer Feature: Southern Youth Foyer Project

Southern Youth Foyer Project have had a big 2020, as well as being featured on Australian television series Filthy, Rich and Homeless (find out more here) they are about to hit the milestone of supporting almost 400 young people since operations began . Get to know Southern Youth Foyer Project, NSW by reading the below…

Spring Has Sprung At Australian Foyers

Spring has sprung at Foyers across Australia this week with help from local Bunnings. To celebrate the start of a new season, Bunnings Warehouse’s across Australia have gifted garden starter packs to Australian Foyers. Foyer staff member Caitlin commented on the positive impact the gift will have on Foyers saying; “We’re really looking forward to…

Foyer Foundation Welcomes New Team Member Jen

The Foyer Foundation are excited to welcome Jennifer Newton to the team. Jen has a broad depth of experience that she brings to the Project Manager role. Jen is innovative in her approach and with a background in marketing, communication and stakeholder management skills we are pleased to have her joining the team. Consolidating our…

Foyer Foundation Supports LGBTIQ+ Youth By Wearing It Purple

The Foyer Foundation are proud to show our support of the LGBTIQ+ community and youth of Australia going purple for Wear It Purple Day, Friday 28th August 2020.   Wear It Purple was founded in 2010 to show young people across the globe that there was hope, that there were people who did support and…

First Youth Foyer Announced For ACT

We are very excited to announce the first Youth Foyer for the Australian Capital Territory. Woden Youth Foyer is being developed n the ACT, to support all youth to achieve their potential. The project will deliver an integrated youth foyer to assist in transitioning young people to independence. Youth Foyers provide housing for young people…

Australian Presenter Ciaran Lyons On The Urgency Of Finding A Solution To Homelessness

Following his involvement in the Australian SBS TV series Filthy, Rich and Homeless, Australian comedian Ciaran Lyons has seen, first hand, the seriousness of homelessness in Australia and understands the urgency of finding a solution. Filthy, Rich and Homeless saw Ciaran face homelessness for 10 days as part of the televised experience. In this 10…

Logan Youth Foyer Residents Collaborate With Local Artists To Design Mural

When the Logan Youth Foyer was built in 2019 the young people felt the building needed more colour and with help from local artists this dream is becoming a reality. Residents of the foyer have been working with local indigenous artist Jess McKinnon and Rekon Youth artists Rolanda and Paora on the design. Attending meetings,…

Foyer Student Achieves Professional Goals In Challenging Times

Foyer Foundation are very proud of Shepparton Youth Foyer student Jannat, who is on her way to moving out of the youth foyer to pursue her dreams, as showcased by Berry Street this month. Jannat first moved to the Shepparton Youth Foyer when she was 18, still in high school and was at risk of…

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Call For Federal Government To Tackle Youth Homelessness

Mission Australia is calling the Federal Government to proactively tackle youth homelessness, especially in COVID-19. It comes on the back of newly released findings from the charity’s youth survey, which revealed one in six (17.1 per cent) young people aged 15 to 19 have experienced homelessness. Mission Australia CEO James Toomey told Pro Bono News…

Victorian Homeless Get Extension On Hotel Housing

Great news for Victorian homeless with the announcement today a program to shelter homeless Victorians in hotels during the coronavirus pandemic has been extended until April next year, with calls to make the program permanent. Around 7,000 homeless people were given shelter through the program with benefits not only being shelter and safety, but as…

Homelessness Week, 2 – 7 August 2020

Foyer Foundation is supporting Homelessness Week 2 – 7 August and working with Homelessness Australia to end homelessness. This year the theme for Homelessness Week (#HW2020) is Everybody Needs a Home, Foyer Foundation strongly believes every young person deserves access to a Foyer. Foyer Foundation will be sharing a series of features across social media…

Education First Youth Foyers Really Transform Lives- CEO Launch Housing, Bevan Warner

Last week Launch Housing CEO Bevan Warner spoke to industry and students around Education Youth Foyers. In the address, Bevan highlighted the strength and impact Foyers have on the Australian youth saying: “The truth is that Education First Youth Foyers really work and transform lives”. See the statistics compiled as evidence: EDUCATION: 67% of students…

‘Raise The Rate’ Aims To Reduce Poverty And Inequality In Australia

Foyer Foundation are happy to support the Raise the Rate campaign, that is working to reduce poverty and inequality in Australia. Raise the Rate’s goal is to fix our current social security safety net to $500 per week, that keeps Australia people out of poverty. Research has found the poverty line in Australia, for a…

New Headspace Monash to open in October

We are very excited by the news of a new headspace centre opening this year. Read the media release below:   A new headspace centre in the City of Monash is planned to open in October 2020 and a consortium led by Alfred Health will deliver the centre and associated services, following a competitive tender process by Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (EMPHN). headspace Monash is for young people aged 12 to 25 years who are seeking early intervention mental health…

Foyer Warrnambool Celebrates 100th Resident

Well done to Foyer Warrnambool in Victoria that has celebrated their 100th resident, as celebration by Warrnambool’s The Standard this week. Foyer Warrnambool has helped 100 youth since it was established in 2013. Located at 210 Timor Street, Warrnambool, Foyer manager Jenny Hand celebrated 100th resident Tori Buchanan like most great celebration; with chocolate cake…

Examples Of Leadership From Females In The Australian Foyers.

Reflecting on 10 years since Julia Gillard became Prime Minister, we look at the leadership shown by females in the Australian Foyers. Working and learning in a wide variety of industries, here’s a few examples of the strong leadership within the Australian Youth Foyers: Rikiesha is completing a traineeship with the Attorney General’s Office and…

Foyer Feature: Port Adelaide

Foyer Port Adelaide is located in a repurposed 1800s hotel in the port-side region of Adelaide, 14km northwest of the Adelaide CBD. The development was saved as a heritage listed building and contributes significantly to community activity and business renewal in the immediate precinct, with the revitalisation prompting renewed retail investment in Port Adelaide. Situated…

Finding Strength in Solidarity- An Update From Colin Falconer

Finding strength in solidarity – Colin Falconer of InspireChilli reflects on how recent research conducted for the UK Listening Fund can help Advantaged Thinking in Australia. This month sees the publication of a research report I was commissioned to write for the Listening Fund to explore how the Covid-19 pandemic impacted on the ‘listening’ work…

Impact Framework Update

As we enter July 2020 and the end of Phase 1 of the Foyer Foundations Impact Framework development project, the Foyer Foundation is excited to share an update on this significant work. The impact framework aims to capture outcomes for Foyer-connected young people across Australia. It is underpinned by the Foyer Foundation’s efforts to support…

The Voice of Young People Around “The New Normal”

Around 500 young people who have experienced homelessness are currently residing across Australia’s fourteen Youth Foyers. These young people are living, studying, developing skills and seeking employment across Australia and are looking forward to the new normal post COVID19. Australia’s initial lockdown lasted from March till the beginning of May 2020, when the flattened curve…

Southern Youth Foyer Reflects Being Featured On National Television

Last month our Southern Youth and Family Services including its Youth Foyer in the southern part of NSW was part of the SBS Documentary Filthy Rich and Homeless. We asked the Foyer coordinator Belinda Manevski for her reflection of this experience: It was a great experience to be a part of show which again puts…

MEDIA FEATURE: Foyer Foundation Featured On Australian Television, Filthy, Rich And Homeless.

This month an Australian Foyer was featured in the SBS documentary series, Filthy, Rich and Homeless when Australian comedian, Ciaran Lyons swapped his life of privilege to homelessness. Ciaran spent time with the youth of the Southern Youth Foyer Project, Illawarra in season 3, episode 3 of the TV series, joining their financial planning lessons,…

NAIDOC Week Moved To November 2020

NAIDOC week has been moved to November 2020 due to the current covid-19 situation in Australia. National NAIDOC Week 2020 celebrations will be held from the 8-15 November. The November dates follow the decision by the National NAIDOC Committee (NNC) to postpone NAIDOC Week from the original July dates due to the impacts and uncertainty…

Report Highlights Integrated Housing Needs for Youth 

Core to the Foyer Foundation’s work is compiling threads of research, evaluation and thinking for a solution in youth homelessness. The Foyer Foundation are delighted to see a clear policy development option of Youth Foyers in the recently published report from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Redesign of a homelessness service system for…

Faffing About

Thanks to some students at Foyer Oxford (Perth), we have titled our redesigned eNewsletter Foyer Foundation Faff.  When CEO Katie Hooper tested the name with GOTAFE Shepparton and Logan Youth Foyer in Queensland, they wondered if it was for ‘Facts and Figures from Foyer Foundation’, ‘Fairy tales and facts from Foyer Foundation’, so many more…

Advantage Thinking in Practice During a Pandemic

Youth Foyers across Australia have completed much of their business continuity planning and are moving into implementation and the new ‘business as usual’. A special shout out to Launch Housing (Education First Youth Foyer (EFYF) at Kangan and EFYF at Holmesglen Foyers), Berry Street (EFYF at GOTAFE) and Anglicare WA (Foyer Oxford) for taking the…

Inaugural Ambassador for Foyer Foundation – Chloe Shorten

Chloe Shorten, first Ambassador of the Foyer Foundation Melbourne, April 15, 2020 It’s with great delight that we announce that Chloe Shorten has been appointed the inaugural Ambassador of the Foyer Foundation, the national not-for-profit organisation that supports the connection of homeless young people with education and housing. Ms Shorten is a passionate advocate for…

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…

Foyer Oxford is at the Heart of a Close-knit Perth Neighbourhood

Leederville in Perth’s inner city has become one of the city’s most desirable neighbourhoods. Its bustling retail and café strip is usually filled with students and young workers employed in creative pursuits – though COVID 19 related events this last week have made for a more subdued atmosphere. But let’s cast back to earlier times…

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…

So, what is an ‘Impact Framework’?

Niro Kandasamy, Senior Research Officer at the Foyer Foundation and teacher in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne explains. The Foyer Foundation Impact Framework aims to capture outcomes for Foyer-connected young people across Australia. It is underpinned by the Foyer Foundation’s efforts to support the development of quality Youth…

Aboriginal Housing Victoria backs more Youth Foyers to tackle homelessness crisis

The Victorian Aboriginal Housing and Homelessness Framework released at Parliament House in Melbourne this morning calls for the rebuilding of the Aboriginal homeless service system in the state “from the ground up”. The 100 page document authored by researchers at Aboriginal Housing Victoria (AHV) titled “Mana-na woorn-tyeen marr- takoort” (Every Aboriginal Person Has a Home)…

Nancy Oziya, best dressed

Fashion designer Nancy Oziya (above left) – an alumni of the Broadmeadows Education First Youth Foyer – was at the Arts Centre, Melbourne on December 5 to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of social enterprise The Social Studio. Nancy is pictured with journalist and TV presenter, Jan Fran , who wore one of Nancy’s designs…

Gold Coast Turns Sod At Its First Youth Foyer

The Gold Coast’s new Youth Foyer is on track to begin construction. On Tuesday (December 3), Queensland Housing and Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni (pictured centre, above) turned the sod on the new Youth Foyer at its vacant site in Southport. “We are working with the Gold Coast community to build something that meets…

More Vocational Training Needed To Reduce Youth Unemployment

Nearly one in five unemployed young people have been out of work for a year or more, according to a disturbing new report out today from the Brotherhood of St Laurence. The report,  ‘Prosperity’s Children’ reveals that more than 46,000 Australian jobseekers aged 15 to 24 meet the definition of ‘long term unemployed’. This means…

Meet Jasmine Lind, manager, Logan Foyer Brisbane

Logan Youth Foyer Support Service (LYFSS) is located 25  kilometres south of Brisbane’s CBD and is home to single, young people aged 16 to 25. The Logan Foyer has been operated by Wesley Mission Queensland since it opened in 2009 and offers accommodation in furnished 16 one-bedroom units and 18 studio units. In July 2019…

Meet Jenny Hand, Manager, Brophy Family and Youth Services Foyer Warrnambool

Jenny Hand has been the manager of Foyer Warrnambool operated by Brophy Family and Youth Services since it opened its purpose-built building in central Warrnambool in 2012. Since that time, 96 young people aged from 16 to their early 20s have lived at the Foyer for up to two years where they have learnt the…

Supporter profile: John Grant AM

John Grant AM has been an accountant, investment banker, venture capitalist and company director during his 60-year career. He has had a lifetime interest in philanthropy but In recent years has become more actively engaged, as Chairman of The Grant Family Charitable Trust. The Grant Family Charitable Trust was established 2010 and is focussed on providing…

Meet Rebecca Lee, Manager, Kangan Education First Youth Foyer

How long have you worked in the Foyer space? And how did you come to work at Foyer? I have been at the EFYF since Holmesglen opened in 2013 however, I am now into my 10th year of working in the Foyers space. Prior to moving to Australia I worked in Cheltenham & Bristol, UK…

Brotherhood of St Laurence and Foyer Foundation partner to strengthen program that puts homeless young people on path to successful adult lives

Brotherhood of St Laurence and Foyer Foundation partner to strengthen program that puts homeless young people on path to successful adult lives – 24 October 2017