PHOTO competition – the results are in!

This month, we challenged young people to use their photography skills to give us a glimpse into their world in the Foyer through our photo competition. As well as a voucher prize, winners and runners up would have their images showcased in our annual report and on our website, sharing their talents with the whole community. We received so many great entries for this competition that it was very difficult to choose our winners!

It's clear from all the photos we received that there are some seriously talented young photographers in our community, and that all our young people have their own individual style.

Kayleigh wins first place!

Winning first place is Kayleigh, 22, from Swan House Foyer. 

We loved each of Kayleigh's photos that show her creativity, energy and enthusiasm for life! Kayleigh tells us what is happening in each photo:

"The first photo is the balloon arch that I made for the 70th jubilee outside our Foyer. The second photo is a photo from the residential and I took part in archery. The last photo is from a day out with the Foyer to Nuclear Races. This is the death slide which was amazing and you can tell by my face! I think these photos represent me as a person to be honest, I just love joining in with things! So when I saw that the competition was to submit three different photos I thought that these were the pictures that best sum me up."

Kayleigh also has the role of Foyer Federation Lead at Swan Foyer. In this role she works with staff and residents to help decide what activities their community can take part in. Representing the voice of young people in the Foyer is an important part of the role – to be a person who listens and communicates what people living in the Foyer would like to do.

"Kayleigh moved into Swan House Foyer in December last year, since she moved in she has been a very active member of our community. Kayleigh is a very positive and bright young lady, she participates in all the activities and when she can she adds her own touches. The balloon arch in the photograph was what she created as part of our Jubilee decorations ready for the celebrations we held.” Maxine, Swan House Foyer

Destiny and Blake win joint second place!

We thought Destiny, 21, from Sheffield Foyer, and Blake, who lives in a Foyer, really captured the unique identity and character of Foyer residents; their pictures show the energy and enthusiasm of young people. We chatted to Destiny to find out more about her work:

"I was trying to capture the fact that the Foyer makes everyone happy here, we all get along. We’re like a big family even though there’s 60 of us! In the background of some of the photos I got the flags of the world, because we accept anyone in here, even though we’re all different we all come together as one. The photo with the pool table, that’s one thing that we all like to do together. No matter who you are, if one of us is playing you can come and join in. It’s a big activity for everyone to join in and get to know each other."

Destiny described living in Sheffield Foyer as “brilliant.” Sarah Shaw who works at the Foyer had this to say about her:

“Destiny has been a resident here since January 2022; she has completed all her move-on training to ensure she is tenancy ready and is currently on Band B for priority with Sheffield City Council and also eligible for Guinness properties. Destiny enjoys joining in with Foyer activities and attends meetings with staff and other residents to help improve our service offer for young people.” Sarah, Sheffield Foyer

We loved Blake’s photos – each of which was a direct and compelling self-portrait. He has a real talent for lighting and composition, and the originality of his images really stood out. A member of staff at his Foyer said:

"Blake has lived with us for two years and he didn’t really come out at the beginning. He has been doing well coming down and engaging and getting to meet other members, making new friends and he feels a lot better in himself. He loves to play games online and modelling. He is always happy and always polite."

Very well done again to our winners Kayleigh, Blake and Destiny, and a big thank you to all the young people who sent us photos and took part in this competition.

Watch this space for more events and competitions in the future!

The Foyer Federation is registered in England and Wales under company number 2699839 at Work.Life, Core Building, 30 Brown Street, Manchester, M2 1DH. The charity is registered under charity number 1040482.
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