Harlow Foyer (Occasio House)
T: 01279 625 700
About Harlow Foyer
Harlow Foyer, also known as Occasio House, provides services to its residents and other young people who live in and around Harlow. We pride ourselves on having an open door for young people to be able to access local services.
The foyer works to move young people through to independence and operates a two-stage accommodation programme.
- Stage one comprises 76 part furnished bed-sits.
- Stage two comprises 40 unfurnished one-bedroom flats including eight flats for young parents.
Residents can move from stage one to stage two on the achievement of agreed targets. The maximum length of stay within the foyer is two years.
Harlow Foyer offers a wide range of training, development and support opportunities to young people, such as:
The foyer has staff available to support residents all day everyday. Support is available to deal reactively with issues as the residents identify them and pro-actively through planned work with keyworking and other staff.
Keyworkers help residents identify the issues they need to address, plan approaches for tackling the issues and are able to advocate and support residents in accessing specialist services whenever these are required.
Employment and training
The employment and training facility provides services to both residents and other local young people. The facility includes:
- Assessment services
- Accredited training
- ICT training
- Lifeskills training
- Basic skills courses
Accredited information, advice and guidance on training, education and employment opportunities are also a key element of the programme.
The lifeskills training sessions offered vary according to the needs of the residents but include:
- money management
- sexual health
- drugs awareness
- healthy living
- you and the law
Additional lifeskills sessions are developed to meet the needs and interests of the young people accessing the service. The lifeskills programme is available to local young people who do not live at the foyer but who might be visiting friends or family members.
The foyer has qualified careers advisors who assist any young person in finding employment. The sessions aid participants with careers guidance, CV development, job matching, interview training, and job hunting. Basic Skills support is provided by qualified staff on either a one-to-one or small group basis.
Young parents support
The foyer runs a support service for young parents either living at Occasio House or in other housing in the town. The service is delivered through keywork and drop-in sessions. There are also weekly parent and toddler groups held in the building and young parents are supported through training and positive activities with their children.
Young parent accommodation
We converted eight existing flats into parent and baby units. The scheme is being funded by Harlow District Council and we are able to accommodate young parents or expectant mothers directly into these flats.