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 recent opening of a new Mini Pet Farm to complement the Cork Foyer Garden Project has continued to build on the concept of a City Farm which was first introduced to Cork in 2009 by celebrity chef Richard Corrigan. The Corrigan’s City Farm programme followed the trials and tribulations of several volunteers growing their own fruit and vegetables and keeping small livestock.
The Garden Project is open 7 days a week and offers superb views from a seasonal café (currently open Monday to Friday 10 am – 4 pm), a toddler play park, allotments and a tranquil and safe family setting in the bustling suburbs of Cork City.
In helping to promote this hidden gem and celebrate the opening of our new free mini pet farm, we are running a competition to find a great name for one of our pet pigs and one of our rabbits.
If you would like to submit a suggested name for our pets and possibly win a family pass for Fota Wildlife Park, simply fill in the Name our Pets entry form attached and return it to the Cork Foyer, Assumption Road, Blackpool, by Friday 9th July 2010.
Don’t forget you must be 12 years of age or under to enter!