In 2001, YMCA Humber opened its Foyer on Orwell Street in Grimsby, providing supported housing, based upon a self-contained model, for 26 young people.
Our Foyer Project offers supported accommodation for 16-24 year-olds who are actively involved in education, training or volunteering.
The building boasts of 26 self-contained studio flats with 24-hour support in a university halls style environment.
The Foyer seeks to help those young people who are serious about moving on in their education and making progressive steps towards their future plans.
The Foyer consists of two floors, with 13 self-contained flats on each floor. Each flat includes kitchen and cooking facilities in addition to an en-suite bathroom.
Each unit at the Foyer is equipped with a kitchen, showers and living space. As a requirement for staying at the Foyer, clients need to be accessing education, voluntary work or employment. The support planning system mirrors that at the hostel. Length of stay is considerably longer than Peaks Lane, with an average of 12 months.
Opportunities to Learn
On the ground floor, the Foyer boasts of a communal lounge and kitchen area, in addition to two training rooms and a computer room.
The communal lounge is equipped with comfortable seating, a pool table, TV, fridge, books, games, as well as access to an IT suite where the Internet can be used, and a music room which is stocked with various instruments.
These facilities allow residents to learn at home, as well as studying at local schools and colleges.
In addition we offer online facilities to help maintain family contact and to provide access to the online world.
Belong, Contribute and Thrive
The YMCA Foyer Project gives young people somewhere to live on a semi-independent level, with 24-hour staff cover, 365 days a year.
The planning system mirrors that of our other housing projects, where our support team works jointly with young people to agree objectives that help to address key issues, including finance, substance use and family breakdown, as well as educational and work opportunities.
Regular activities and trips are organised by Foyer staff and offered to residents.
These activities range from day trips to theme parks, to cultural and educational visits to places of interest. Residents are always involved in the planning of activities.
Engaging young people with sport has always been at the heart of the YMCA, and the Foyer project is no different. Opportunities to play various sports are offered to residents, it is not essential that residents are interested in sport as we do our best to cater for all.