Top national Foyer award for unsung Exeter hero

Alan Sharp has won the Unsung Hero Award for going above and beyond the call of duty in his role as Senior Project Worker at the Exeter Foyer in Commercial Road.

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His efforts were recognised at the Inaugural Foyer Awards 2017 which celebrate the achievements and dedication of Foyer staff across the country. Alan was selected from a group of 19 nominees for the award.

“I was really surprised when I found out that I had been nominated for an award as my colleagues had kept it a secret from me,” says Alan. “It’s really nice to be recognised and it’s great that these awards are helping to raise public awareness of the important work that Foyers do to help and support vulnerable young people in the community.”

Exeter 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.

Alan was nominated for the award by his work colleagues in recognition of his determination to deliver the very best quality of support to young people, covering short-staffed periods and carrying out tasks well beyond the remit of his job description.

Andy Hood, Exeter Foyer Manager says: “Alan regularly goes far beyond the call of duty to help our residents, but never draws attention to it. Our whole team at Exeter Foyer are really pleased that his selflessness, hard work and commitment to his job have been recognised in this way.”