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Aberdeen Foyer

The Foyer was established in 1995 in response to concerns about youth homelessness and unemployment. It helps people build confidence and develop their skills and talents to make lasting changes in their lives. This enables them to take the next steps towards independent living, learning and work.

The Foyer provides former homeless and at-risk young people with supported accommodation alongside a range of education, training, mentoring, counselling, employment support and health improvement services for people of all ages.

Social investment has been crucial to helping the Foyer build and improve its services and to increase the impact of its business activity.

David’s Story

Seventeen-year-old David initially joined the Foyer Fraserburgh Prince’s Trust Team in late 2014. He gained skills and qualifications, but most of all he became an important, confident and valued member of the team. He enjoyed the responsibility that came with team challenges and did well organising various activities.

David then completed a construction course and passed his Manual Handling Certificate, Level 1 Health, Safety and Environment test and his Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) test, achieving a labourer’s card. He then secured a placement covering a variety of construction trades.

David’s first placement was a new challenge, but he excelled and achieved everything asked of him. He picked up the necessary skills very quickly and discovered that he had a real interest in joinery work. David was then offered a one-week trial with Morrison’s Construction, with the possibility of work in the future. At the end of this period, he was offered a joinery apprenticeship with Morrison’s and started work at the beginning of April 2015. He is finding his new role both exciting and challenging.

N.B. Some names have been changed to protect the privacy of the individuals concerned