We have two types of shared accommodation: rooms in Foyers, and Supported Independence Flats. You will share communal space with other young people going through hard times.

Read below for information, or contact our Youth AIMS free advice service if you have any questions.

What is a Foyer?

At a Foyer, you have the chance to gain some support with your personal development through our training programmes, as well as being able to get extra specialist support with any problems you may be having with feeling stressed, anxious, or down.

When you move into a Foyer you will have your own room. You will be sharing the living space and kitchen, and will be expected to take your turn in cooking with other young people staying in the Foyer with you. You will have a STEP Worker who is there to help you identify your aims, and who will work with you to make a plan to achieve those aims.

During your stay in a Foyer we will be working together with the aim of you achieving your potential. You will be expected to work with your STEP Worker as opposed to seeing your stay in the Foyer as a bed for the night.

If you are aged between 16 and 21, you have no secure place to stay, and are looking for a safe living and learning environment alongside other young people, then a Foyer may be for you.

To find out if Foyer accommodation is right for you, you will need to speak to your local housing options team.

Alternatively, contact our Youth AIMS free advice service for help and guidance. Click here to find out more.

Young people have told us that they felt good about moving into a Foyer, but that they didn’t know what to expect after their time there. At the end of a Foyer placement, you are aiming to be moving on independently, often into a room in a shared house. Many young people move on to another Step by Step placement to continue their learning while others (about 1/3) find that they are able to move in with family or even return home after a stay in a Foyer.

We run Foyer projects in Aldershot, Basingstoke, Havant and Shaftesbury.

What are Supported Independence Flats?

These are flats where you will live more independently alongside other young people. Each flat has a number of single rooms, with a shared kitchen and living area. Just like staying in a room in a Foyer, you will receive support from a STEP Worker during your stay. The STEP Worker will help you identify your skills and aspirations, and help you draw up a plan to move into work, education or independent living.

Supported Independence Flats are funded by Children In Need's Inspiring Futures programme.

If you are aged between 18 and 25 and have no secure place to stay, and are willing to engage in the support you need to get back on your feet, a Supported Independence Flat may be for you.

You may be eligible to move into a Supported Independence Flat if you have not been able to find accommodation elsewhere. Please contact our Youth AIMS free advice service to discuss your options.

The vast majority (90%) of young people leaving our accommodation have progressed positively. We would expect you to move on to work or education, and to be able to live independently, upon leaving a Supported Independence Flat.

These are based in our Aldershot accommodation.

Our Work This Year

256

young people can stay in Step by Step accommodation services at any one time.

90%

of young people made positive progress through our accommodation last year.

37

young people returned home last year through support from Family Mediation

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