NHS Western Isles provides a grant to support Western Isles Foyer services

The local health service is continuing to support Western Isles Foyer, recently providing a grant for £10,000 to help maintain the continued success of Foyer’s Homeless Drop-in Service, 12 week independent living skills Lifeshaper Programme and its accommodation services.

The funding was provided as a capital grant to help Foyer continue to deliver its highly valued and well-used services for young people aged 16-25.

Western Isles Foyer has been in existence since 2003. The newly refurbished premises on Bayhead opened in April 2011 along with the Homeless Drop-in service facility based at the site. The premises are also used to host the Lifeshaper Programme. The 12-week programme, run in partnership with Lews Castle College and Aberdeen Foyer, aims to enhance the independent living skills of young people aged 16-25 who have experienced difficulties in relation to homelessness, barriers to education and employment or substance misuse issues.

From the Western Isles Foyer premises, participants of the programme are provided with a healthy breakfast and lunch each day, and learn how to budget, shop for and prepare their own food.

NHS Western Isles Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson said: “As the local health service, we are keen to support initiatives such as Western Isles Foyer, which not only promotes health and wellbeing, but also supports young people to change their lives to a direction that will assist them on a positive pathway to a bright future.”

Tony Pendle, chair of Western Isles Foyer, said: “For the past nine years the Foyer has been doing great work with local young people to help them make the most of their potential and to make positive choices in relation to training, education, housing and health matters. The Foyer works closely with a number of agencies to help deliver its services and NHS Western Isles has been a long term and much valued partner and supporter of the project.

“The Foyer is delighted to have received this financial assistance from NHS Western Isles and I would like to thank Gordon and his team personally on behalf of the Foyer for their continued investment in our project. This grant has come at a crucial point in our organisation’s growth and development, not least of all because of the current stringent financial environment that is challenging all operating charities.”

He added: “This NHS Western Isles funding will be used to ensure that Western Isles Foyer can build on its past success and develop sustainability in the delivery of key services to our young people.”

Pictured are Tony Pendle and Rebecca Mahoney from Western Isles Foyer and NHS Western Isles Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson.