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Wigan housekeeper wins unsung hero award

A WIGAN housekeeper who works with young people at risk of becoming homeless has won a national award for her “unsung” contribution.

Julie Wood works as a Housekeeper at Your Housing Group’s Brecon Close Pre-Foyer in Platt Bridge, where young people from difficult backgrounds start a journey to a brighter future and learn the skills they need to move on.

Julie, who lives in Ashton-in-Makerfield, won the Unsung Hero category at the Foyer Federation’s Annual Spark Awards in Birmingham, an annual event that recognises the work staff and young people do across the UK Foyer network.

Andy Ward, Operations Manager for Your Housing Group’s supported housing service which includes Brecon Close, said:

“As well as housekeeper, Julie is a painter and decorator, handy person, interior designer, flat pack builder, cook, confidant, gardener, seamstress, recycling expert, Mother Hen and knower of all things Brecon. We’re not surprised she won the award but we’re absolutely delighted for her and for everyone at Brecon Close. No-one could be more deserving of an Unsung Hero Award as Julie!”

Brecon Close has 15 flats where young people are prepared for life in a full Foyer service. From there, many go on to Your Housing Group’s Coops Foyer in Wigan, where staff work closely with residents to teach essential life skills, harness talent and promote self-belief, positive aspects that can be severely hindered by challenging environments.

As well as Brecon Close, Your Housing Group owns and manages four Foyers across the North West, in total providing 140 apartments. They form part of the Group’s supported housing service, which includes centres for the homeless, domestic abuse support and tailored help to vulnerable residents in their own home.

The Foyer Federation was formed in 1992 and works through a network of over 70 accredited Foyers that provide accommodation, personal development, and employability support in a safe and nurturing environment.