The Foyer Federation helps to transform the circumstances of young people who have faced barriers in their lives. Since 1992, we have worked with young people to create new approaches developing the skills and resources they need to thrive.
Our Healthy Conversations programme is designed to create a different conversation' about health with over 4000 young people and to provide them with the understanding, opportunities and networks to improve the health and well-being of themselves, their peers and their communities. Working alongside many delivery partners the programme aims to ensure we are putting young people's voices right at the centre of conversations about health.
The outcomes that we aim to achieve through the programme are:
At the outset of the programme we developed a Theory of Change, setting out how the proposed activities of the programme would deliver the stated outcomes. We then, due to the size of the project, commissioned an external evaluator to address two key questions: firstly, whether the programme had met its stated outcomes; and secondly, using evidence from the programme, how Foyers might have a role to play in the delivery of public health services in their local area.
The evaluator then developed an evaluation framework, which set out a multi-faceted approach to gathering evidence that would address these two questions. Connor's story below gives an illustration of a young person's journey through the programme.
At the beginning of the programme, Connor had two major life goals: to own his own business, and to move out from supported accommodation into his own place. During his first session with a Healthy Conversations coach, he developed three health goals that he felt would support him on this journey:
Connor was able to achieve a number of goals through Conversation Card and Action Planning process:
After his successful move onwards, Connor remained in contact with his Foyer and decided he would like to support other young people. He is now volunteering with the Foyer as a peer mentor.
Visit the Foyer Federation website to see more participant stories and information about their youth programmes.