Young Homeless People Learn New Skills
Aberdeenshire Council has contracted social
firm Foyer Works to carry out property maintenance within council
homes in Buchan and in areas of Banff and Buchan.
Foyer Works creates jobs for disadvantaged
young people and is operated by charity Aberdeen Foyer.
The enterprise provides a property maintenance service to housing
associations, private clients, voluntary organisations and
neighbouring local authority, Aberdeen City Council.
A base has recently been set up in Fraserburgh after the firm
secured a contract to carry out work for Aberdeenshire Council and
as a result has recruited a supervisor and four young people as
trainees to work on projects throughout Aberdeenshire.
Workers have already been busy on various projects helping council
tenants with wallpaper removal, shed clearances and garden
Aberdeen Foyer's commercial director Leona McDermid said:
"Foyer Works has already supported several young people into
work in Aberdeen and it has always been our aim to set up a team in
"A combination of the work from Aberdeen City Council, the Future
Jobs Fund and sponsorship from Exxon Mobil has made this possible
and as a result we already have five people into work in a
sustainable business that has potential for growth."
Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council's Social Work and Housing
Committee Councillor Gurudeo Saluja said: "I am heartened to see
Aberdeenshire Council working closely with such a worthwhile social
enterprise that is helping young homeless people gain valuable
skills to carry them into the workplace and out of
Foyer Works property maintenance service includes a removals
service, cleaning, Portable Appliance Testing (PAT), painting and
decorating, basic joinery, repairs, maintenance and external
The initiative offers training and short term paid work leading to
the possibility of employment with local companies.
For more information on Foyer Works visit
Buchan Observer (June 2010)