Homeless hostel gets visit from high sheriff

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THE high sheriff of a housing group paid a visit to the Portsmouth Foyer to see first-hand the work it does.

The Foyer, in Edinburgh Road, provides accommodation for 108 vulnerable and disadvantaged young people and helps them to move from dependence to independence by providing a tailored programme of extensive support, training and education.

The high sheriff of First Wessex Alan Lovell was shown around the Foyer and spoke to staff and residents about their experiences.

Shanika Bradley, one of the young people who lives at the Foyer, said: ‘The support workers are always there for me, they point me in the right direction and encourage us all to get involved in lots of activities.

‘Since arriving at the Foyer I have completed three college courses and I hope I’ll get a full-time job soon.’

Mr Lovell said: ‘I’m delighted to have been able to visit the Foyer and pleased to see so many people being given these opportunities in a learning environment.’