Elaine* moved into Braintree Foyer, whilst here she volunteered to join the Power Pioneers programme run by the Foyer Federation, where she worked with young people from other foyers across the country.

The programme is aimed to equip young people with the skills, experiences and support they need to make their voices heard. She has put her new skills into practice as a youth leader, volunteering hundreds of hours in the last year at the Foyer, painting rooms, organising social activities and helping to co-deliver AQA sessions!

She has taken every opportunity over the past year and has grown in confidence and ability to the extent where she would like to become a Support Worker when she leaves the foyer. Elaine has been nominated and is a finalist for the Inside Housing - Housing Heroes Tenant of the Year award.

* Name has been changed

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