Foyers are projects for young people that provide “a springboard to independent living,training and work”. Based on a French model, Foyers in Britain tend to contain accommodation and a range of support facilities in one building.
They house young people 16-25, who have been homeless, who are vulnerable, lacking in life skills and who have left school with few qualifications. Assisting them to have a successful transition to a self-reliant adult life, often alongside community resource centres extending services to the wider community.
Across the country there are 140 accredited Foyers, including two in Cumbria, the recently opened South Lakes Foyer and the nationally acclaimed Eden Rural Foyer – both developed and run by Impact Housing Association.