Top national award win for inspiring former Poole Foyer resident

Kyle Jenkins, former resident of Quay Foyer in Poole, has won the Inspiration Award for always giving 100% to the young people he mentors, despite complications in his own life.

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Kyle, who was chosen from a group of 11 nominees for the award, had his hard work recognised at the Inaugural Foyer Awards 2017 which celebrate the achievements and dedication of Foyer staff across the country.

“I was really shocked to have been chosen for this award when so many others were also nominated,” says Kyle. “The staff at Quay Foyer have done so much for me over the years and I’m just really pleased to have this opportunity to give something back.”

Quay Foyer, which is operated by social and supported housing provider Stonewater, provides accommodation, training and assistance to local vulnerable young people, aged 16 – 25, with the aim of helping them to eventually live independently in the community.

At aged 15, Kyle found himself homeless after a breakdown in his family. He was taken in by Quay Foyer three times over a period of nine years.

With care and support from the team at Quay Foyer, Kyle’s confidence has soared and he is now living in a shared flat with friends in Poole. He visits the Foyer fortnightly as part of his two-year Advice and Guidance Apprenticeship with local careers and employability experts Ansbury Guidance, coordinating activities and giving residents support and guidance through one-to-one informal chats.

Kyle struggles with autism as well as other complex emotional health issues and hopes that through his apprenticeship and work at the Foyer, he can make a difference for residents struggling with similar difficulties, while continually working to improve his own.

Chris Shaw, Quay Foyer Manager says: “We are so proud of Kyle and know that he truly does deserve this award. Kyle has had a tough time in life, but his determination and passion to improve have turned him into a real positive role model for others in his situation. It has been a real pleasure to see his hard work recognised through this award.”