Eastbourne Foyer

The Eastbourne Foyer is for young people aged 16-25 who are at risk of being homeless or isolated.

They may already be in education or training, which is under threat due to problems with living arrangements or their financial situation.



We treat each person as an individual – working with them to achieve their ambitions no matter what their background, experience or skills.



However, we can’t accept people directly – they have to be referred by an official body.







We accept referrals from Children’s and Adult Social Services, Youth Offending, Youth Support and Eastbourne Borough Council only. People not already involved with those services should speak to either St Marks’ House (under-18s) or Eastbourne Borough Council (over-18s).


Staff at any of these organisations can request an application form by e-mailing: kirsten.mccarthy@homegroup.org.uk or calling: 01323 734760.  Applicants should have proof of ID and be prepared to undertake an interview at the Foyer.

We do have a waiting list, which is prioritised by need.




Who we cannot accept?



There are no automatic exclusions, with an individual’s circumstances taken on a case by case basis.



Age range - Minimum age: 16; Maximum age: 24; Average age: 18




Staffing and Support

Day staff - Five full time and one part time.



Night staff – One full time and two part time-night staff



Compulsory key work sessions are required, with weekly support meetings.



We offer help with training, personal development, social and life skills.  We also put residents in touch with other agencies.




Health Services



Drug and alcohol advice, sexual health and counselling sessions run by outside agencies.




Access to move-on



Staff give support with move-on options and resettlement, including Hyland House which is our second-stage accommodation based service. This provides a reduced amount of support and more focus on independence. Referrals will be made to Homeworks for move-on support.







There are 41 bed spaces situated in two buildings.



There are 37 bedsits and four flats and these are self-contained, with shower rooms and kitchens.



The flats and bedsits are furnished.  



Two rooms at the Foyer are wheelchair accessible.



Other facilities include a communal lounge, computer facilities, laundry and access to local agencies.



Current personal charges of £10.01 per week are required from residents, with the rest coming from housing benefit.



Rules and policies

House rules



There is a zero tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol.  All residents hold a license agreement.  No pets are allowed.



Residents access



Own key and fob to designated living floor space. There are no access restrictions.






A maximum of 3 visitors (including other residents) are permitted in a room between 4pm-11pm, Monday to Thursday; 4pm-12 midnight on a Friday, 9-12 midnight on a Saturday and 4-11pm on a Sunday.



This is to ensure respect for other residents who might be working or studying at college.



Overnight guests are allowed by agreement from staff.  



No guests under 16 are permitted to stay and ID may be requested.



Client participation



Regular house meetings and client rep meetings are held.



Client assessor training, volunteering and work placement is encouraged.



Residents are involved in drafting policies and procedures and are consulted in changes made.



Clients are asked to complete a pre-tenancy workbook and a ‘Passport to Independence’ to develop skills in maintaining a tenancy when they move on.



Volunteering and donations



We welcome volunteers. For further information, please call 01323 734760



Food, money and small items of clothing are always accepted. Please call 01313 734760 for further information on how to donate.



Public transport and local links



We are situation 2 minutes from Eastbourne train station; Job Centre Plus, walk-in doctors surgery and the town centre.



We have close links with local colleges – Youth Employability Service, DV8 in Bexhill, Sussex Downs and Crossland & Dudson in Eastbourne








40 St Leonards Road




East Sussex


BN21 3LZ


Phone: 01323 734760



Email: eastbournefoyerreferrals@homegroup.org.uk