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The Worthing Foyer

– what you should know

To promote independence in vulnerable young people by

providing safe, good quality and affordable accommodation

with access to support and training.

We help to bridge the gap between living at home and living

independently.

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The Worthing Foyer

10 years on

The Worthing Foyer opened its doors to

residents for the first time in 1999 and was

re-accredited by the UK Foyer Federation

in 2008. At the 2008 re-accreditation,

the Foyer received some of the highest

recorded scores for its work with

vulnerable young people.

The Foyer has strong links with Worthing

Borough Council housing department.

We deliver a full ‘move-on’ course to

prepare residents to leave the Foyer,

which covers a range of practical issues

relating to taking on a tenancy. This has

helped us to achieve a good record of

successful move ons through the local

council and the private sector.


The Worthing Foyer

Quick facts and figures

The Foyer has 27 bedsit rooms with ensuite

shower and toilet and shared kitchen facilities.

• One flat is fully adapted for wheelchair use.

• All residents are required to sign up to an

individual support plan in order to help

them achieve their goals and progress to

independent living.

• Over the 10 years it has been open the Foyer

has helped over 250 young people.

‘A cracking team’ (UK Foyer Federation)

Worthing Foyer has a small but talented and dedicated team.

All residents receive regular key work with a named support

worker as well as support input from the whole team.


Looking to the future…

We provide a range of training opportunities for our residents.

We have close links with local colleges and training providers

and signpost young people to appropriate services where

they can gain experience and further develop their skills.

The local Connexions service runs employability workshops

at our Foyer and a number of in-house skills development

programmes are also on offer.

Over the years we have developed ways of working with

young people based on setting and keeping boundaries

but in a relaxed and informal atmosphere of mutual respect

between us. This approach allows for a safe, supportive and

enabling environment in which young people can be helped

to reach their full potential.


The Worthing Foyer

There is so much we can do…

We believe firmly in taking an all-inclusive approach to

support and training. In this way we help young people to

improve self-esteem, confidence, and communication skills;

residents also benefit from gaining problem-solving and team

work skills, and overall personal development.

Together with our residents we work on developing activities

which will contribute to a sense of community and wellbeing

among everyone who lives and works at the Foyer. Some of

the projects we have delivered have included:

• Creative writing and art workshops

• Formed a five-aside football team that won Worthing

Youth Agency Tournament

• Come dine with me evenings

• Shiatsu and running clubs

And we can still do more

– with you and for you.


What our residents really think…

The Foyer is an affordable place for

youngsters in desperate situations and

it’s a supportive atmosphere.’

The thing about the Foyer is you get

to meet some really nice new people

and because you live with people of

similar ages you get to make some

really good lifelong friendships.’

The Foyer has given me somewhere

stable to live where I can focus

on college and coursework and

eventually, with the stability the

Foyer offers me, I hope to work in the

military.’

‘Before I moved in here I didn’t have

any views about the future – don’t

know what I’d have done if I hadn’t

met my key worker’.

‘I want qualifications – and the Foyer

helped rather than letting me sit

around. I’d recommend it: if you want

help it’s the right place to be.’


The Worthing Foyer

How do I apply?

To become a resident at Worthing Foyer you need to be aged

16 to 25 and a resident in the Worthing area for the past 12

months or three out of the last five years.

You can self refer by contacting

Carly Jenkins

Worthing Borough Council

Portland House

Richmond Road

Worthing

Alternatively referrals can be made by any agency working

with young people in the Worthing area. For further details

about applying or referring to the Foyer, please contact us on

the number below.

Contact details

The Worthing Foyer

52 Shelley Road

Worthing

BN11 4BX

Tel: 01903 208269

Fax: 01903 208218

Email: catherine.brennan@viridianhousing.org.uk

April 2010

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