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Fresh start at Foyer is way to brighter future

Christine Stebbing, chair of Morecambe Town Team, Annette Smith from Morecambe Foodbank, Sue Byers, manager of the Arndale Centre, Marie Jameson, student social worker, Morecambe Foyer residents James Stamp, Scott Hawkins, Josh Wenlock and Jake Cowell, and (seated) Vicky Downie, relief support worker at Morecambe Foyer, and Hannah Overton, resident.

Christine Stebbing, chair of Morecambe Town Team, Annette Smith from Morecambe Foodbank, Sue Byers, manager of the Arndale Centre, Marie Jameson, student social worker, Morecambe Foyer residents James Stamp, Scott Hawkins, Josh Wenlock and Jake Cowell, and (seated) Vicky Downie, relief support worker at Morecambe Foyer, and Hannah Overton, resident.

Young people who were homeless have praised a Morecambe housing scheme for giving them a new start in life.

Scott Hawkins and Hannah Overton had nowhere to live until they came to the Morecambe Foyer on Thornton Road.

Run by the Salvation Army Housing Association, the Foyer gives young people aged 16 to 25 a roof over their heads.

Staff at the Thornton Road centre also teach the residents life skills, help them find work and get them onto training courses.

Scott and Hannah are currently working on a project at the Arndale Centre on Tuesday afternoons with their friends from the Foyer, selling high quality photographs of wildlife to raise money for Morecambe Bay Foodbank.

“It teaches them sales techniques and money management,” said Vicky Downie, relief support worker at Morecambe Foyer. “We will then hold an exhibition at the Foyer and invite possible employers.”

Originally from Essex, Scott found himself homeless after a family argument.

“I have been having trouble sleeping because of the stress of moving around,” said Scott. “But I feel a lot more secure here and I’m moving on with my life.”

Hannah, 19, hopes the project will lead to a career as a photographer. “Me and my mum didn’t have a close relationship and my dad moved overseas,” she said. “I get depressed but the staff take me for counselling and are really supportive.”

The project is being run in conjunction with Heartstone and Morecambe Town Team.

 

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