The FoyerFoyer Warrnambool is a youth accommodation residence that provides opportunities for young people aged 16 to 25 years to engage in individual and group activities aimed at developing the skills necessary to build independence and stability. Apply for the Foyer residence
Young people are establishing themselves in life as independant adults, this requires a set of skills, which may not have been learned due to prior challenges. Education, Employment, Housing and Living Skills, Civic participation, Social connections, and Health and wellbeing skills are the cornerstone of creating the life that you want. The Foyer will being all of this together with you .
Young people can apply through the Brophy Intake service to be considered for the Foyer. Successful applicants are subject to a Rooming House Tenancy Lease through Barwon Child Youth and Families, and engage with a Youth Development Worker to collaborate and formulate goals based on individual talents, dreams and aspirations
The Foyer in a nutshell
A place to call home
You will live in your own unit, learning housing skills to prepare you for your own place one day soon.
Financial independence is possible
We’ll teach you how to manage your finances so that you can achieve your goals and manage independently.
Support all the way
You will be supported by Foyer mentors and peers to make the most of the oppertunity to get ahead.
Education is a key component to gaining adult independence for life. We’ll look at your goals and find pathways.
I called Brophy and expalined my housing situation, I met with the engagement and intake worker and we worked out that the Foyer would be a soultion for me. I have been a resident for eight months and am starting to plan my exit into independant living. I’ve learned SO MUCH! And it’s been a safe and stable place to regroup at.
The Foyer is home to up to 16 young people who have required to access it as an alternative housing source due to a variety of reason. Foyer residents have secure, affordable accommodation at the Foyer, but they are all part of the wider Foyer community, many aspects of living at the Foyer incorporate navigating communal living, so that brings a sense of connectedness.
We have an information pack that will take you through step-by-step the stages to a jon. There is information about the process from start to finish an some great examples of how this program has helped others.
Let’s get started?
Frequently asked questions
Below we’ll strive to answer some common questions, we have assisted more than 100 young people to get on the career pathway. You are very welcome to contact us with any questions, there is no such thing as a silly question!
School wasn't my strong point?
That is okay, we identify your natural skills and talents, we know you have them, and go from there, It might take a little while for us to get to know you and what your goals are but we have some time to invest in meeting you where you are at and helping you to get to where you want to go.
I'd like to do well, just not sure where to start.
You’ll have a coach. That’s going to help! You are not expected to know everything right now, that is why we are here. Most of us have been down the same track and had the help of others to work it out, that is 100% okay and we are here for you. Just book an appointment, it’s free, and we’ll see what we can do. You have natural skills and talents that are employable locally. We’ll explore what fits with you.
I'm worried my background will go against me?
Please don’t. We know you’ve been on a journey, and we know that tomorrow is a another day to make the changes you want and to create new horizons for yourself. We don’t judge, we want you to feel safe and prepared to put your best foot forward, so we are here for you.
Not sure if I would qualify?
Transition to Work is designed to help young people who are early school leavers or those who have had difficulty entering employment after school. To participate in Transition to Work a young person must be:
- Aged 15-24, and
- an Australian citizen, or
- the holder of a permanent visa, or
- New Zealand Special Category Visa, or
- Nominated Visa (including Temporary Protection Visa or Safe Haven Visa).
Eligibility will also depend on a young person’s circumstances, including whether the young person:
- has been awarded a Year 12 certificate or Certificate III
- has been employed within the last six months
- receives an income support payment such as Youth Allowance
- is currently participating in another employment service including jobactive.
Information for Employers
Transition to Work providers deliver high quality services to employers to ensure young people meet their needs and are supported to settle into a job. Services include:
- pre-employment skills for participants that is directly relevant to the needs of local employers and the local labour market
- work experience placements for eligible participants to assess a young person’s suitability for a job
- negotiating Youth Bonus wage subsidies of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) with employers who offer young job seekers ongoing employment
- post placement support to ensure a young person settles into a job and the employer’s expectations are being met.