Foyer Foundation National Conference Program Announcement
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On February 15th 2016 in Sydney, the Foyer Foundation will host the National Foyer Conference, bringing together Australia’s leading thinkers and practitioners seeking to address homelessness through progressing the foyer model nationwide.
Below you can find our first program announcement which may be subject to change.
DAY ONE – Monday 15th February 2016
 8:00 AM         Registration
 9:00 AM  Welcome  - Ian Carter Chairperson
 Welcome To Country
 Welcome From Young People
 9:35 AM  Official Opening  
 10:00 AM  About the Australian Foyer Movement
 Tony Keenan  -  Foyer Foundation
 A summary of the history of the foyer movement in Australia, about the Foyer Foundation and our  partnership with the UK Foyer Federation and a national update on foyer’s around the nation
 10:20 AM  Key Note
 Colin Falconer - Former Director of Foyer Federation UK
 Features of the best UK foyers. What makes them positive, aspirational and amazing experiences for  young people? The impact of location, buildings, people, attitude
 11:AM            Morning Tea
 12:00 PM
 Facilitated by Dr Michael Coffey - Yfoundations
 Foyer residents from NSW, Victoria, SA and WA talk about the foyer experience
 Helen Glover - Enlightened Consultants
 Helen uses her professional background in social work and education, as well  as her lived experience of  her own recovery from mental illness, to expand and challenge the concepts of practice within services
 1:00 PM         Lunch
 2.00 PM  STREAM ONE  
 Investing In Foyer Futures

 Mark Peacock - Social Ventures Australia
 There is a lot of buzz about SIBs as the new way to fund social outcomes. In SA and NSW state  governments are pursuing SIBs in the Homelessness space – but is there potential in promoting  investment through SIBs in foyers?
 Panel - Government Involvement In Foyers

 Bronwen Heathfield - Victorian Government Department of Education
 Mary Roberts - Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services
 What is different about the policy drivers that have enabled the Victorian Government to continue to  invest in foyers, and what can other states learn from their approach?
 2:30 PM         Afternoon Tea
 Room 1  Building the Case: developing the case for a Foyer in your region.
 Niamh McTiernan - Brotherhood of St Laurence, Youth Service Development Team
 A workshop that leads participants in developing a proposal for a foyer in their area and provides real  and practical outcomes for all participating with coaching and advice from people who have 
 established foyers
 Room 2

 Advantaged Thinking, More than just thinking:
 Colin Falconer - Former Director of Foyer Federation UK
 Practical examples of the implementation of Advantaged Thinking from the UK

 Room 3

 Tenancy Management and Foyer – Business as usual?
 Gerrie Mitra - Department of Communities and Social Inclusion Housing SA 
 Mel Selke - Foundation Housing Ltd

 The challenges in the context of the foyer deal - how we do it and the learning

 Room 1  The Education Perspective: Education First Youth Foyer
 Deb Stearman - Kangan Institute  
 Adrian Larkin - Education First Youth Foyer at Kangan Institute

 Foyers have been built on TAFE grounds, a move that locks education and foyers together for the long  term. This session will provide insight into the benefits of sharing a commitment to young people across  portfolios
 Room 2  Building Community in Foyer
 Youth Participation – the Headspace experience and Foyer
 Elisabeth Tuckey - Ladder Inc
 Establishing the foyer community
 Nicole Chaplin - St John’s Youth Services
 Room 3  The Evidence Base: Evaluating Foyer projects
 Jay Martin - KPMG
 Professor Shelley Mallet  - Research and Policy Centre, Brotherhood of St Laurence
 4.30 PM  Short Break
  4:35 PM  Panel - Foyer Operators 
 Facilitated by John Thompson - Foyer Oxford 
 Foyer champions and experienced operators talk about what they have learned about establishing a  foyer. What was the hardest thing? What went wrong? What worked? Challenges for the National  Movement
 Panel members: TBC
 Narelle Clay, NSW; Jethro Sercombe, WA; Nicole Chaplin, SA; Annette Kelly-Egerton ACT;  Sharon  Waitzer; Vic  
 5:00 PM  Presentation - Accreditation, What it Means for Foyer Operators
 Former Director of Foyer Federation UK
 5:20 PM  Conference Close
 Ian Carter – Foyer foundation
DAY TWO – Tuesday 16th February 2016
Colin Faulkner, Foyer Federation UK
This workshop is only for those operators who have been selected for the first round of accreditation. Lunch for all participants.
Early Bird: $250 - Ends 24th December 2015
Standard: $275
NGO Early Bird: $200 - Ends 24th December 2015
NGO Standard: $250
Foyer Resident/Student: $75

Preparing For Accreditation Workshop: $75
*Prices do not include GST and booking fee

Tickets are available here.
The Foyer Foundation is offering several Sponsorship opportunities.

Organisations operating foyers are invited to take advantage of the Service Spotlight sponsorship option. The Foyer Foundation will prepare professional 2000m x 850m pull up banner displays, featuring custom infographics, statistics and information hi lighting the inspiring and exciting service being delivered.

These Banners will be prominently displayed at the National Foyer Conference alongside other promotional material participating services may wish to provide. Sponsors are welcome to keep the banners prepared to promote their foyers.

To find out more download the sponsor form here.

The Foyer Foundation is also offering an exciting tiered sponsorship package. If your organisation is interested in becoming a sponsor of The National Foyer Conference please email
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