Foyle Valley House, hostel accommodation
Foyle Valley House is a unique endeavour set up by Apex in Derry~Londonderry in 2001. It is a temporary accommodation project specifically for homeless women who have an alcohol dependency. It is conveniently situated close to the city centre.
Individual accommodation facilities
Foyle Valley House includes 10 single bedrooms and 4 studio apartments. All residents have their own tastefully decorated private room and residents are encouraged to personalise their rooms.
Communal facilities include bathroom/shower room, two living rooms with TV/DVD, computer room, hairdressing room, arts and crafts room. The surrounding grounds are landscaped with seating area.
We operate at 24 hours staffing levels, 365 days per week.
All meals are provided and staff strive to ensure that all dietary requirements are met so that residents enjoy a nutritious and well balanced diet. We work on the principles of offering accommodation, support and inclusion for residents to manage their alcohol use in a manner that is safe and reduce harm to themselves.
Our experience has shown that the majority of the women presenting to Foyle Valley House have multiple issues in addition to alcohol addiction and homelessness, such as;
- mental health issues;
- domestic violence;
- adult survivors of child sexual/physical abuse;
- self harming (cutting oneself, eating disorders, drinking cleaning products, illegal drug use, sex working etc);
- family background of heavy drinking/family breakdown;
- traumatic life event; or
- involvement with criminal justice system.
Services we offer;
- a comfortable and safe home with 24-hour staff support
- all meals and beverages – 7 days per week
- an identified key worker who will work specifically around your needs
- access to local primary health care services
- participation in external and internal recreational, educational and social activities
- links with other professional services (e.g. addiction/other counselling services)
- resettlement and move-on advice and support
Activities and outings for residents
Foyle Valley House offers a weekly activity plan which ensures that a diverse range of activities are provided to cater for individual residents needs. Activities include hairdresser, computer training, arts and crafts and bus trips.
Residents are consulted at bi-monthly residents meetings about menu planning, activities they would like to participate in and destination for any outings or day trips they would like to visit.
Every opportunity to involve the local community in the life of Foyle Valley House is actively encouraged and promoted.
How to apply for this accommodation
To apply, applicants must complete an application form by:
- contacting Foyle Valley House directly or via another agency that you have involvement with. You can also ask a family member, the Housing Executive, a social worker, alcohol agency or anyone you feel can assist you to contact us on your behalf; or
- presenting yourself in person at Foyle Valley House during office hours.
Your details will be recorded for statistical purposes and an application pack will be forwarded to you (within 24 hours).
Get an application form
An application form can be obtained by;
- contacting Foyle Valley House; or
- downloading this application form.
Foyle Valley House contact details:
Telephone: 028 7136 2689
Office hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Return the completed application form to Foyle Valley House as soon as possible. If you need any assistance completing the form, Foyle Valley House staff will be happy to assist you with this.
Should you have any immediate queries regarding the referral and admission process, please contact us directly, we will be happy to hear from you.
What will happen next?
When your completed application form is received, we will contact you and arrange a suitable time to meet you.
We will contact the other agencies that you refer to in your application, so that we have as complete a picture of your needs as possible. This process may seem intrusive but is essential if we are to deliver an appropriate support package.
The assessment will be as informal as possible and we will ensure you feel comfortable.
At this stage you will be made aware of the outcome of your referral application and next steps to follow.