“I moved into Cork Foyer on the 30th April 2008. I have only been here 11 days, but already the place feels like home. I have made many friends here, and I feel that this is the friendliest environment I have ever lived in. All the residents are very nice, and we often spend evenings in each other’s rooms, playing the playstation, or watching DVDs. I really enjoy being here, and I would love to continue to stay here. I am excited that there is a resident’s advisory group being set up. I feel that this is a great idea, and I was one of the first people to volunteer. The staff here are very helpful as well, and I feel that if they can help me in any way possible, they will not hesitate to do so. I look forward to staying here, and I hope to get to know my fellow residents and the staff a lot better. The Cork Foyer, in my opinion, is the perfect place for people my age, who are out of home to live.”
“I was very nervous when I first came here because I didn’t think the other residents would accept me as I was from England but I was made welcome by them. It’s good to have accommodation so I can settle down and get on with things. I am looking forward to starting college in September. At the moment I am doing literacy, numeracy computers and cookery programmes at the foyer and I think it’s good to have classes in the foyer because it stops you being lazy. I still find it too easy to get back into my old ways of drink and drugs but with support of staff I am aware of not being misled.”
“I moved into the Foyer last year. I did not know what to expect when I moved in. I got along well with all the residents and already knew some of them from before I moved in. As I wasn’t working I had to attend some in house training which wasn’t so bad. I also learnt some skills from it too. When you move into the Foyer you are assigned a project worker to help you if you’ve any problems. My project worker helped me apply for different colleges in the city for the course I wanted to do.”
“When I first moved into the Foyer I was having a lot of difficulties at home. Before coming into the Foyer I was in Cork Simon and St Vincent’s Hostel. When I moved into the Foyer I thought it was nice because it had a real modern vibe to it with the TV Room and the computing room. I continued to do my course in Computers and Communication outside of the Foyer. When I finished this course I started to do training in the Foyer because part of the agreement to stay is that you do some internal training, and besides this I wanted to learn how to cook and the Foyer has cooking classes.
I find living with other people in the foyer good. I get on alright with some people and great with others. I have made some good friends here and I keep in contact with some people who have moved out.”