A number of residents have had a difficult start in life and could, for various reasons, struggle to get by in early adulthood. Foyer staff support them towards being equipped for independence and a better future.
It’s a safe haven for a group that’s under immense pressure with Government benefits cuts having left young people at even greater risk of homelessness. Rough sleeping for under 25s is increasing and Brighton & Hove City Council has identified rising support needs amongst young people aged 16 to 25 – the age group supported by the Foyer.
As well as hearing the personal stories behind such figures, this afternoon was an opportunity to encourage these young people to register to vote in the upcoming General Election. I see that as part of a transition to adulthood too: the sense of having a stake in the future is strengthened by having a say over who makes decisions in public life.
The deadline for registering to vote is imminent – it’s this coming Monday. Registering only takes about five minutes, see https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.