Warm donation for youth foyer

November 28, 2016

Happy: Education First Youth Foyer resident Skye Hodgson, 19, accepts a pillow and blanket from Pillow Talk manager Lurline Le Neup.

Pillows and blankets are a great source of comfort and warmth and thanks to Shepparton’s Pillow Talk, the Education First Youth Foyer has received several new sets for its residents.

The foyer is three months old and has about 33 young people living in it who were at one point homeless or at risk of being homeless.

Foyer manager Anita McCurdy said it was great that Pillow Talk had donated pillows and blankets.

‘‘It’s fantastic for the students here because many that come haven’t got anything when they move in,’’ she said.

Pillow Talk manager Lurline Le Neup said it was nice the organisation could give back to the community and raise awareness about youth homelessness.

‘‘(The foyer) is giving them the opportunity to have great accommodation and be able to continue with their schooling and it was great that our company was able to support this,’’ she said.

Ms Le Neup said the Pillow Talk staff originally decided to get involved with the Community Fund Goulburn Valley’s Big Sleep Out event and when it was cancelled they still wanted to offer assistance to others.

They approached Community Fund Goulburn Valley chief executive Cheryl Hammer who together with her team suggested they donate the pillows and blankets they had to the youth foyer.

For students, such as Skye Hodgson, 19, who recently moved into the youth foyer, the extra comfort is a great thing.

‘‘I was living with my best friend for a year and I finished Year 12 and wanted somewhere else to go and I looked into the foyer,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s fun, I enjoy it and there are plenty of activities.’’

Skye said she planned to go to TAFE next year to study disability.

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