Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, David Stewart, says he is delighted that the Western Isles Foyer, based at Bayhead in Stornoway, was awarded £6,118 from the National Lottery Awards For All Scotland yesterday (Wednesday November 22).

The Foyer will use the funding for a pilot project in which 24 young people will participate in an ‘accredited tenancy-training course’ which will enable them to demonstrate their readiness before applying for their own tenancy.

David Stewart said: “I first visited the Foyer in April 2012 and was impressed then with the vital work the service provides in re-integrating the islands’ young people into independent living. 

"I was delighted to visit again in 2015 to see that the good work was continuing but I was alarmed to hear then that there were some funding issues.  At that point I helped the organisation secure funding to enable them to keep going.

“The project provides invaluable help and advice to the islands 16-25 year olds who need to re-integrate into independent living through their supported accommodation; through their Lifeshaper project and through the Drop-in Centre at Bayhead which provides a safe environment for young people to gather and access services relevant to their needs.

"The Foyer works with young people who are homeless, in housing need or subject to other significant social disadvantages in helping them to secure accommodation, providing information and advice and providing access to education, training and employment to allow young people to lead independent and fulfilled lives. 

“I was only too pleased to be able to help the Foyer in the past and am delighted to hear of the funding they have been awarded from the National Lottery."