On Tuesday the Pembrokeshire Foyer Project held its first Partners Meeting, allowing us to get together with all of our potential partners, discuss our project to prevent homelessness in Pembrokeshire in a bit more detail and – most importantly – put names to faces!
We were delighted to meet everybody and to have representatives from so many local organisations present, including Pembrokeshire County Council, the Scouts, the Samaritans, Futureworks, the VC Gallery, Paco, Megan’s Starr and St. Mary’s Church in Tenby. As we are still in pandemic times, social distancing measures were in place at the venue and we also had some people attending virtually, including those from Paul Sartori, PAVS and Ateb.
Our MD, Mike Hooper, opened the meeting with a welcome and an overview of the Foyer Project, which intends to make homelessness in Pembrokeshire rare, brief and non-recurrent, with a service delivered by multi-agency partnerships that is responsive to the changing environment due to Covid 19. The five specific project aims are to:
1. Bring together those affected by homelessness with third and public sector organisations and the PRS, to co-design innovative projects and redesign services to tackle homelessness
2. Provide a sustained, person-centred approach in addition to existing provisions
3. Reduce discrimination and prejudice toward those affected by homelessness
4. Develop and deliver activities that focus on homelessness prevention
5. Develop robust, evidence-based approaches to make homelessness rare, brief & non recurrent
Our Project Officers then gave a presentation with more detailed information about the Foyer project. The presentation highlighted why the project is needed in Pembrokeshire and that it will be focussed on young people aged 16-25.
It also explained that the foyers will provide accommodation and education in partnership with other organisations, as well as an outreach service, and an education programme to be delivered in schools from September 2021.
A fruitful discussion then followed regarding the specifics and practicalities of rolling out the project, as well as the benefits of the different partnerships and how the organisations could work together, before the meeting was concluded with a lively Q&A session.
It was a very constructive and enjoyable first meeting, and we are looking forward to holding more of these in the future!