Leederville: UWA student learns about homelessness through Foyer Oxford internship

Ellen Foley.
Ellen Foley.

A THREE-month internship has opened UWA student Ellen Foley’s eyes to the harsh reality of homelessness.

Ms Foley learnt firsthand how to make a difference for young Perth people living with homelessness after spending time at Foyer Oxford in Leederville through the McCusker Centre for Citizenship.

Foyer Oxford provides young people – including young parents and their children – experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness with transitional housing and access to education, training and employment opportunities.

Ms Foley helped compile a report that maps and analyses the organisation’s services available and will be used to better understand how they benefit young people out of homelessness and into education and employment.

“I was quite uninformed about youth homelessness in WA before undertaking my internship,” Ms Foley said.

“I was able to gain an insight into some of the amazing work being done to tackle the issue head on.

“It is important for people to take an active interest in causes, and not only learn about a problem but also how to work towards a solution.”

Since opening its doors in 2016, more than 450 students have undertaken a McCusker Centre for Citizenship internship and contributed almost 50,000 hours in service to the community.