At the heart of the Foyer we believe that enabling people who can to move towards and into work actively supports a positive contribution to their own wellbeing and the well being of their families and communities.
You or your organisation could help local people turn their lives around by becoming an ‘Investor in the Foyer’. Any investment, be it financial support, time or skills could really make a difference. It will allow us to continue to respond to the needs of people and affect real and lasting change in the lives of so many who are marginalised and vulnerable in our community.
The tangible result is people do 'move on' successfully having benefited from the stepping stone of the Foyer to social and economic independence. Their success is our success.
Since 2015 we have delivered the Discovering Talent project in both Aberdeen, Peterhead and Fraserburgh. The aim of the project is to provide bespoke support to individuals experiencing a range of barriers to moving into learning, training or work e.g. lack of education/qualifications, offending behaviour, lack of confidence, family issues and to engage them in activities to uncover their skills and talents and to identify their future goals.
To respond to individual need we run the project on both a group and one to one basis. The project is supported by energy company TAQA which has provided sponsorship since the projected started. This sponsorship is vital to the success of the project as it enables us to offer the activities, materials and resources for the participants to explore their interests and develop their talents. To date we have supported over 85 people through Discovering Talent.
“It is important to TAQA to support the communities in which it operates and help increase the education, potential and creativity of those living and working in that community. Therefore, TAQA is proud to support the Foyer’s ‘Discovering Talent’ project, an initiative that’s all about identifying, coaching and promoting young people’s talents so they can live learn and work independently.” - Sian Mutch, Senior Corporate Communications Advisor
Individuals accessing Discovering Talent are experiencing a range of barriers to moving into a positive destination, however for many lack of confidence, communication skills, encouragement and not knowing what they want to do, prove the biggest obstacles. Discovering Talent gives them the opportunity to explore their strengths and interests and to identify their goals and aspirations in a supportive and flexible environment. Participation is dependent on their motivation to achieve their goal irrespective of how big or small that goal is. The focus of the project continues to be that of self-directed learning aided by guidance and support from a Foyer Development Worker as well as peer support from others on the project.