Q&A with Leanne

This month we've got our Q&A with Leanne from Aberdeen Foyer...

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This month we've got our Q&A with Leanne from Aberdeen Foyer...

Who are you and what is your role?

I’m Leanne Sinclair and I’m the Business Development Manager for Aberdeen Foyer.  I’m responsible for all funding related activity including Fundraising Events, Community and Corporate Fundraising, Grants & Trusts and Procurement.  

How long have you worked for Aberdeen Foyer?

I have worked for Aberdeen Foyer for 5 years, since the beginning of April 2011.

What does Aberdeen Foyer do and where do you operate?

Aberdeen Foyer is a successful charitable organisation, established in 1995, that works to prevent and alleviate youth homelessness and unemployment in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. At our core we provide supported accommodation to former homeless and at risk young people alongside a range of learning, training, and employment support as well as community health and early intervention services. 

Our approach recognises that homelessness and disadvantage is not just a matter of providing a home, but necessitates addressing many of the underlying causes and critically providing people with the means of gaining and sustaining employment.  This integrated approach allows tenants and programme participants to take the next steps towards independent living, learning and work. 

We work with up to 80 young people aged 16-25 at any one time in our supported accommodation across 7 sites; Aberdeen (2), Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Banchory, Stonehaven and Inverurie. Over the course of a year we work with approximately 1500 people aged 14 and above across all our services including learning and training and health improvement.

What is the best thing about your job?

The best thing about my job is seeing the difference we are making to the lives of local people.  I feel very privileged to be able to meet and spend time with some of the people we are supporting and to actually witness the changes in their lives while they are with us is truly special.  Working in the charity sector can be very challenging, with cuts to funding and increasing demand for our services. However, seeing someone move on from the Foyer to a better future with a positive outlook, a job, a home of their own and improved health reminds us why we do this job and it really does make it all worthwhile!

How does being part of EYH benefit you and your organisation?

Being part of EYH is very beneficial for the Foyer as it enables us to connect and work with companies that we may not otherwise be able to due to being a smaller local organisation.  It’s also a fantastic opportunity to increase our profile and let others know about what we’re doing and how we work.  On a personal level, I have benefitted greatly from the peer support gained from the other charities involved in EYH.  It’s been great to have other fundraisers, who understand the challenges of the job, to bounce ideas off of and share experiences, this was particularly helpful when I was organising our first ever Sleep Out event last year.