Swan Housing Association has today celebrated achieving formal Foyer Federation FOR Youth accreditation. The accreditation celebrates the quality of the service Swan provides to the young residents who live at Heather Court in Harold Wood, Romford.

Heather Court is a supported housing facility for young people aged 16-25. Many of the young people are in crisis when they first move into the Foyer and they are supported to independent living with a detailed support plan.

The FOR Youth accreditation was awarded after a 12-month quality development process. During this process Swan has demonstrated a commitment to working with the young residents living at Heather Court. They use a system known as Advantaged Thinking, developed by the Foyer Federation. This method helps the young people to grow their confidence, identify their strengths and goals and supports them to success.

As part of the FOR Youth accreditation process Heather Court Foyer has produced a quality development plan which is currently being implemented and will be monitored for a further 12 months.

Pete Watts, Swan’s Director of Care and Support said “Foyers such as Heather Court are at the frontline of delivering support to young people, many of whom have a troubled background. We are delighted to have achieved the FOR Youth Accreditation: FOR Youth Accreditation is awarded to Foyers who consistently deliver the highest levels of support for their young residents and are committed to a process of continuous improvement.”

Julia Lopez MP said “It was such a pleasure to visit the Foyer in Harold Wood this morning, hear about this model of housing support for young people and meet some of the Heather Court residents. The emphasis in all the support offered at Foyer is on responsibility, choice and a focus on each individual’s talents, helping young people believe in and take charge of their own positive destinies rather than to see themselves as hemmed in by insurmountable barriers. The young residents I met shared with me their aspirations – from starting a plumbing business, to becoming a boxing champion, trainer or musician – and also had a clear sense of what practical steps they needed to take to reach their goals. It was a privilege to be in their company and they have clearly benefited from the passion and dedication of Nathan and the fantastic team that run Heather Court.”