Residents from Blackpool Foyer, Great Places’ supported housing project for 16-25 year olds, are giving up their time to volunteer at Donna’s Dream House, which provides free holidays for children and teenagers with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
The young people will devote time every month to carry out various tasks at the trust including planting flowers, weeding, mowing lawns, painting and generally tidying up. Donna’s Dream House is currently being refurbished after an arson attack destroyed some of the buildings before Christmas 2011.
Without this type of help and the continued support of Great Places Housing Group, Donna’s Dream House could not continue to expand and flourish.
Len Curtis MBE, chairman of trustees
Len Curtis MBE, chairman of trustees, said: “A selected number of the residents of Blackpool Foyer have agreed, along with a member of staff, to volunteer on a regular basis to maintain the gardens around Donna’s Dream House. Without this type of help and the continued support of Great Places Housing Group, Donna’s Dream House could not continue to expand and flourish.”
The Foyer houses residents for up to two years while they learn life skills such as health, hygiene and money matters, and how to get into education and employment. Over 600 young people have lived there since it opened thirteen years ago and in the last 12 months the project has welcomed 70, while 62 have moved on into alternative accommodation.
The project is one of 140 foyers in communities throughout the UK which are part of the Foyer Federation Network providing safe, quality assured environments where experts reconnect around 10,000 young people every year with personal development opportunities, and back into education, training and employment.
Denise Lamoury, operations manager for supported housing at Great Places, said: “Donna’s Dream House is a fantastic place and does some incredible work in the community so it seemed natural that Blackpool Foyer, which is only round the corner, should help out in some way. Many of our residents put their name down to volunteer straight away.”