A CHARITY which houses homeless young people was highlighting their achievements and talents this week.
Newhaven Foyer held a formal celebration evening and awards ceremony at Peacehaven Golf Club.
The charity, which is run by the Salvation Army, provides 37 places for homeless young people aged 16-25 around the area and is based in Valley Road.
Announcing the event’s success this week, senior project worker Vicky Hoskins said: “The evening was a wonderful celebration of residents’ talents and achievements and the evening acknowledged the passion individuals have to succeed in their dreams and aspirations.”
Each resident was given an award congratulating them for achievements since moving to the Foyer; including completing art and film awards, obtaining and maintaining apprenticeships and finishing A-levels.
The talents of residents were acknowledged, such as positive peer mentors and artistic talents.
The evening was well attended by Foyer residents, Foyer staff and Salvation Army Housing Association (SAHA) executive and senior management team and the board.
The formal event meant everyone could dress for the occasion and the evening was supported by Peacehaven House project.
The evening was introduced by the Foyer management team and included a sit down three course meal.
After dinner, guests enjoyed a moving video written and directed by one of the Foyer residents.
He spoke of his life before moving into the Foyer and the experience of his journey while living at the Foyer and what he has been able to achieve.
The night ended with a live performance from a local musician, who was supported by a Foyer resident who demonstrated his musical talents.
Vicky added: “Often when people grow up with hardship or trouble in their lives, it is hard to focus on their future, find the time to invest in what interests them, or develop their personal talents.
“Coming to the Foyer allows the residents to settle and restructure their lives.”
Foyer residents are encouraged to discover their talents and develop them. Staff wanted to commend these talents by hosting the awards evening at the end of June.