Cork Foyer, the big white house at the top of the hill, is a transitional housing and training centre for young people aged 18 to 25 who were homeless or who are at risk of becoming homelessness. We aim to provide young people with a comfortable home and an environment that is conducive to learning, allowing young people to focus solely on their future during their stay.
The Foyer’s highly motivated staff team strives to encourage young people to develop independent living skills through clear cut support plans, internal training programmes and by positively encouraging young people to believe in their own ability, talent and skill set.
The facilities and services at the Foyer actively break down barriers to personal development and encourage young people to participate both within the Foyer and within their local community. Through strong partnerships, the Foyer is able to offer a spacious garden, a toddler play park with mini pet farm, a seasonal garden cafe and a community bicycle project whilst being only a 10 minute stroll from the City centre.
The speedy transformation of a piece of hillside at the rear of the Foyer into a multifunction recreational and education area has been amazing to see and has undoubtedly created a real sense of achievement by Cork City Council and Churchfield Trust Ltd. From the boardroom planning stages of the Foyer Project, the Director of Housing (Stephen Kearney) and Foyer Manager (Barry Waddingham) recognised the importance of integrating the Foyer into the wider community. The toddler play park, elderly seating area along with a fantastic glasshouse, café and allotment area has truly put the Foyer at the heart of the Blackpool community.
Official Opening of the Garden Project
This fantastic addition to the Foyer project was officially opened by the Lord Mayor Cllr Brian Birmingham on the 14th May 2009. The ceremony included the unveiling of a plaque in special recognition of the work of the Little Sisters of the Assumption among the people of Cork, especially to families and the sick from 1899 -2004
It was also announced that the Foyer has been awarded €82,642 from Pobal – Domant Accounts Fund (Supports to Homeless People). The Foyer in partnership with the City of Cork VEC has now recruited a horticulturist to deliver a FETAC accredited horticulture programme to Foyer residents and other residents of homeless services, including the Cork Simon Community, Sophia Housing, St Vincent De Paul, Good Shepard Sisters Services etc. It is planned that the horticulture programme will run for between 2 and 3 years, with the first group commencing on 6th July 2009.