Foyer Project online to health information and advice

HI recently provided three laptops to the Foyer Project, located at Bayhead in Stornoway. The Foyer Project was established to develop a housing, advice and information service to young people in the Western Isles and the laptops were provided to increase their opportunity to health-related internet access.

The laptops have also proven invaluable to those undertaking the Foyer Project’s ‘Lifeshaper Programme’, which is aimed at helping young people who are homeless or not in education or employment to work towards a healthy, happier balanced lifestyle.

The 12 week programme is supported by NHS Western Isles’ Health Promotion Department, and focuses at the end of the programme on the next steps to securing and sustaining a tenancy, education, training and employment. Health Promotion also represents NHS Western Isles on the Western Isles Foyer’s Board of Directors.

Foyer Service Manager, said: “The support from the NHS Western Isles HI Project in provision of these laptop computers has been a great help for the project to be able to support the young people with whom we work. Young people on our Lifeshaper Programme are now able to direct their own study in areas which affect their life. These include mental health, information about alcohol and other substances, nutrition and healthy eating. Young people also conduct a personal project during the 12 weeks and the laptops help them to research and present this. The laptops also help develop the young people’s confidence in using information technology.”

Western Isles Foyer works in partnership with Aberdeen Foyer in piloting the Lifeshaper Programme in the Western Isles, and its partners include the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Tighean Innse Gall, Voluntary Action Lewis, Hebridean Housing Partnership, Skills Development Scotland, LewsCastleCollegeand NHS Western Isles.

Pictured are students at the Western Isles Foyer Project utilising laptops which were recently donated by NHSWI’s HI (Health Information) Project.

Back row (L-R): Scott McNeill (Foyer), Marissa MacLennan (NHSWI), Sharon McElhatton (Foyer) and Uisdean Mould (Foyer).  Front row (L-R): Emelin Collier (NHSWI) and Students: Megan Louise, Ann Macritchie and Sarah Loveridge.