Foyer refurb in Banbury gives more young people a home

Banbury Foyer resident Harley Bowell tends to the garden at the supported living scheme in George Street. Picture by Ed Maynard. NNL-150528-122631001
Banbury Foyer resident Harley Bowell tends to the garden at the supported living scheme in George Street. Picture by Ed Maynard. NNL-150528-122631001

Young people at risk in Banbury are benefitting from new and modern facilities at their home thanks to a £1.8 million transformation of one of the town’s supported living schemes.

Sanctuary Supported Living’s Banbury Foyer in George Street provides support and accommodation for young people aged between 16 and 25 amd now has new self-contained bedsits providing accommodation for eight more tenants.

Banbury Foyer has undergone a transformation. Picture by Ed Maynard. NNL-150528-122617001

Banbury Foyer has undergone a transformation. Picture by Ed Maynard. NNL-150528-122617001

Louise Powell, Sanctuary’s local service manager, said: “This modernisation programme has provided some cutting-edge facilities for our tenants which will allow us to provide addtional secure accommoation as we reach out to support even more young people.”

Each bedsit features a bedroom, kitchen area and en suite shower and WC; with specially adapted bedsit for tenants with a disability, complete with level access shower room.

The work has also seen the installation of a garden, seating area, vegetable patch, patio and flowerbed.

The refurbishment, which includes funding from Cherwell District Council, has been carried out over two phases.

Calvin Bell, Cherwell’s director of development, said: “Cherwell was pleased to be able to support this initiative by providing funding to aid the redevelopment of the Foyer, and to ensure that it continues to provide the very best accommodation for young people.

“We continue to work with Sanctuary to support the Foyer as well as other accommodation within Cherwell.”

A modernisation programme has also seen a redesigned reception area, new front entrance, IT suite, residents’ kitchen and lounge, and additional security measures including fingerpoint recognition.