The Foyer Federation, which helps transform the circumstances of young people who have faced barriers in their lives, enlisted our support to mark their 21st anniversary and new strategic plan with something different.

Over an eight month period, we partnered with both the Federation itself, and film and digital partners, on a storytelling project that brought the charity’s work, its impact and its vision for the future to life.

We worked closely with the Foyer Federation to identify 21 individuals and groups who were best placed to offer a perspective on the development of the organisation since it was founded, and the difference it has made to so many young people’s lives. We contacted each ‘storyteller’ – ranging from partner chief executives to Foyer service managers, current and former foyer residents to funding organisations – and discussed creative ways for them to share their experiences of the charity.

We held four separate filming days, bringing people together in different locations around the country, and worked with others to arrange individual recordings or written versions of their stories, supported by photography. The results were powerful and moving, with young people performing songs and sharing tales of transformation, alongside funders talking about their motivation for long-term support of the Federation’s programmes, and partners discussing a shared vision for the future of youth support services.

The entire project was curated into an engaging and intuitive online platform at 21stories.foyer.net and launched at a celebratory event at the Museum of London, where the films were made available to watch at individual ‘story stations’ around the venue.

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