Cork Foyer, the big white house at the top of the hill, is a transitional housing and training centre for young people aged 18 to 25 who were homeless or who are at risk of becoming homelessness. We aim to provide young people with a comfortable home and an environment that is conducive to learning, allowing young people to focus solely on their future during their stay.
The Foyer’s highly motivated staff team strives to encourage young people to develop independent living skills through clear cut support plans, internal training programmes and by positively encouraging young people to believe in their own ability, talent and skill set.
The facilities and services at the Foyer actively break down barriers to personal development and encourage young people to participate both within the Foyer and within their local community. Through strong partnerships, the Foyer is able to offer a spacious garden, a toddler play park with mini pet farm, a seasonal garden cafe and a community bicycle project whilst being only a 10 minute stroll from the City centre.
Following on from the success our first awards day last year, the Cork Foyer held its second FETAC awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of its horticultural students who are from a variety of homeless services around Cork and from other organisations such as The Brothers of Charity, Churchfield Community Trust, Blackpool Tenants Association and the Basement Centre.
Nicholas O’Brien receives a certificate from the Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald.
The Foyer was very fortunate to have Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald, in attendance to present the recipients with their certificates. Since the Garden Project started in June 2010 there has been 142 learners who have at some stage participated and worked in the Garden, from these, 56 have achieved a Fetac level III horticulture module and 5 have achieved a Fetac level IV module in Plant Care and Maintenance. Numerous others have simply enjoyed getting involved and getting their hands dirty. Accredited courses could not have been possible without Cork City VEC and ABLES Community Adult Literacy Group, who support the project and externally verify the FETAC qualifications. Also in attendance to share in our celebrations was Liz O’Connor from Pobal. The important role played by Pobal and the Dormant Accounts Fund cannot be overstated as they have provided the Garden Project with core funding for 3 years, specifically to work with people who have found themselves out of home or at risk of becoming homeless.
Kimberly McCarthy receives a certificate from the Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald.
The above awards would not have been possible without the expertise and commitment of our horticulture facilitators, Olive Ryan and Denis Murphy. Their tireless effort and hard work have helped the project to grow from strength to strength. This happy day was tinged with a little sadness as we bided farewell to Olive who is moving on to pastures new. A presentation was made and a tree was planted in honour of all her work with the Project.
Churchfield Community Trusts farewell to Olive Ryan - Horticulturist