L-r: Bill Wheeler (maintanence worker at Exeter Foyer), Debbie Brimacombe (project manager at Exeter Foyer), Paul West (RGB Exeter branch manager) and Jenny Lightfoot (senior support officer at Exeter Foyer).

RGB donates £1,000 worth of materials to Exeter

Published:  30 October, 2015

RGB Building Supplies is delighted to announce that Exeter Foyer is the latest beneficiary of its Well Built Community Fund.

The centre will be receiving £1,000 worth of building materials from RGB’s Exeter branch enabling them to create a fitness room to help improve the health and wellbeing of the young people they support.

Exeter Foyer is a supported housing project providing safe, secure and affordable accommodation for young and vulnerable homeless people between the ages of 16 and 21. It is designed as a preventative service to long-term homelessness, giving young people the chance to develop key life skills by way of training, education and employment opportunities

After the building, which housed a media suite, a training room and a kitchen, was sold by its previous owners, Exeter Foyer has been working hard to develop its current building to enable them to provide the important additional services that were lost in the sale.

Debbie Brimacombe, project manager at Exeter Foyer, said: “Our three main areas of focus are around healthy eating, physical activity and mental wellbeing. We have already created a training kitchen and small IT suite in our residents’ lounge and the £1,000 Well Built Community Fund grant will enable us to purchase the materials to turn a summer house into a small gym in our courtyard. Residents will use the gym to help with their fitness and overall health and we would like to say a big thank you to RGB Building Supplies.”

Paul West, branch manager at RGB Exeter, added: “Research proves that exercising releases chemicals in the brain to make people feel good, which in turn, helps boost self-esteem and happiness. We’re therefore delighted to help Exeter Foyer create its new gym and support the important work it does with young people in the local area.”

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