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His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales opened The Whitehaven Foyer on Monday 10th April

On Monday 10th April, Impact Housing, Howgill Family Centre and the Whitehaven Foyer Company welcomed His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to officially open the Whitehaven Foyer, 44 Irish Street, Whitehaven.

The Whitehaven Foyer building is the former home of the YMCA in Whitehaven. The building is of significant historic importance and the location, at the southern end of the town’s historic market place, is a key feature of Whitehaven’s Georgian landscape. The building was constructed sometime around 1713 by a local merchant, James Milham, when the town was becoming established by the Lowther family, the local landowner, as a significant and important port and trading centre.

The Whitehaven Foyer today provides accommodation for young people who need some help to move into employment or training and, offices, meeting rooms and training facilities for young people, employers and other local organisations and charities. The Foyer consists of a newbuild block of flats and the conversion of one of Whitehaven’s oldest and most iconic buildings.

On the 10th, H.R.H. toured the Foyer, meeting a wide range of partners, finding out about the heritage of the project, the construction and development of the building, viewing our new website and photography by Lakes College students and speaking to staff from both organisations about their work with the local community and Young People. He also met 3 of our residents and toured a flat.

It was such a fantastic day and a great pleasure to ask His Royal Highness to unveil the opening plaque.

Quote from Willie Slavin, Whitehaven Foyer Vice Chair: “On behalf of the Whitehaven Foyer Board, I would wish to put on record our congratulations and thanks to all the Impact staff who rallied round to make the Foyer opening such a successful and memorable occasion. In particular, Chloe's handling of a demanding and daunting task was exemplary and an enormous credit to both herself and Impact Housing”