On Route Foyer

Helping young people find their feet and flourish.

Our On Route Foyer is one part of our how we support young people in Dudley.  

The foyer provides a safe, nurturing place for young people experiencing homelessness to live, learn and flourish.

It’s not just a roof, each young person has a mentor and access to support from the wider network of the Dudley Young Person’s Alliance. 

Contact us...

01384 455464

The Foyer

How Many Homes do You Have?

There are 36 accommodation places providing the following options:

  • Self- contained flats (3 units on Peel St)
  • Self- contained  flats (25 units at 6 Dixons Green Rd)
  • Studio flats (3 units at Constitution Hill)
  • 4 Studio Flats and 1 Self contained flat (Old Park Rd) 

How do I apply to live at the Foyer?

If you’re aged 18 to 25 (in sometimes cases 16 or 17) you can contact us directly. You can also visit the Council Plus, Homeless Persons section, 259 Castle St Dudley and request a referral to the Foyer. If you have a social worker, probation officer, college tutor or other agency worker they can also support you with a referral. 

 

How much does it cost?

The weekly cost varies for each project on the Foyer, some include heating and lighting within the rent.

The rent allowance awarded to you will depend on your circumstances, which will be looked at by a Housing Benefit Officer. For current rent charges please telephone 01384 455464, our staff will be happy to let you know.

 

What we offer - the practical

 

  • Helping you to plan for your future.
  • Focusing on your strengths (we call it Advantaged Thinking)
  • Specialist mentor to help with work and skills
  • Specialist mentor to support your well-being and activities (practical and fun)
  • Link with local colleges & training providers
  • Money & budgeting
  • Cooking & nutrition sessions
  • Help to find your next home

What we offer - the social

 

  • Sexual health drop-in
  • Fitness sessions to suit you
  • Football team
  • Ways to relax: yoga, relaxation, art therapy. 
  • Participation. There are lots of opportunities to get involved and shape what happens in your home and also in the wider community.

Youth Power

The team at the Foyer is committed to collaborating closely with and giving power and influence to young people.

We do this partly through a Foyer Federation programme called Youth Power and partly because it’s the right thing to do.  This means we have young people on the steering group for the Dudley Young Person’s Alliance, and we have set up a CHADD wide residents group because our young people wanted to influence our board members.

Recently foyer residents have also taken control of their programme of activities, called RISE and through CHADD Your Voice have started to shape and re- design communal areas in the Foyer.  

For more read Tori-Jade Davies’s experience of the Youth Power approach.

Dudley Young Person’s Alliance 

CHADD is the lead partner for a bold new alliance of organisations in Dudley. We work together to support young people coming from care or at risk of homelessness. It’s a collaboration between the young people and five local organisations.  

As a group we work alongside Dudley Council to support young people in many different ways. The Alliance helps with some of the absolute basics, like a home when someone is facing homelessness or support to develop life skills such as cooking and money and time management.

But more than that, the Alliance can help with mentoring, mental health support, confidence-building and helping young people find their feet, their place in the world and their sense of direction.

 

News from our Foyer and Young People's Services

Chaddfest 2023

Mike Walters is the Activities and Wellbeing Mentor at our On-Route Foyer.... he organised the first CHADDFest to bring people together.... He wrote about what and why on the Foyer Federation's website.... Great work Mike.... This September saw the community at...

Tori-Jade on the Youth Power fund at CHADD On Route Foyer

My name is Tori-Jade Davies and I used to live at CHADD On-Route Foyer in the West Midlands. Over the past two years I have found myself and 'come out of my shell', and that's all thanks to the youth power and leadership projects that I've had the opportunity to work...

Celebrating one year of the Dudley Young Person’s alliance.

The Dudley Young Person's Alliance brings together several organizations to help young individuals find their footing, build confidence, and receive practical and personal support.  It's a conscious strategic shift developed between local charities and social...

Sophie on how the Foyer helped her find ….

"It gave me goosebumps". That's how Sophie described watching her own story back. Here she tells us the journey she's been on since moving to our Foyer for young people. What do you think? https://youtu.be/pjs4H7KCt7w  

About bloody time – but we still need help with period poverty

Last week we devoted International Women's Day to the About Bloody Time campaign to tackle period poverty for the women of Dudley. This week the government confirmed that they will fund free sanitary products for schools in England.   Hurrah - great news and well done...

RISE Project Coordinator [youth services]

The RISE Project Coordinator will be responsible for developing and coordinating a programme of regular activities and events. As this is a new project we are seeking a self motivated, confident communicator who can make this happen and succeed. The ideal person will...

Foyer gets stuck into to help a Dudley Homelessness Jam #dycjam

Yes that right, a homelessness Jam.  Some of the people who live in our Foyer have got involved with   Dudley Youth Council which has given itself  the brief to "Raise awareness of homelessness and increase services for young people" To start long term work on this...

New Year Honour for Jane Clarke, Former CEO at CHADD

Jane Clarke, who retired as the Chief Executive of Dudley charity CHADD (Churches Housing Association of Dudley and District) two years ago, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honour’s list. Jane has received the award for services to vulnerable women and...

Springboard for Young Parents – exciting news!

A very quick post to announce that we are now offering homes with support for young parents in both Dudley and Sandwell.  A first for CHADD to be working in Sandwell! Both of these schemes provide tenancies to young parents aged 16 to 25 years, in self-contained...

Football at the Foyer, or following a passion.

This season our On Route Foyer's fledgling footie team made it to the semi finals of their first competition. Reports from the sideline tell us it could've gone even better at the Wellbeing League Cup: "Slight controversy as a 'phantom' goal took it to a penalty shoot...