Aberdeen Foyer CEO wins Social Entrepreneur of The Year Award
Aberdeen Foyer Chief Executive, Ken Milroy, was presented with the Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2004 at a banquet in Glasgow on Thursday 24 June.
Ken Milroy has been recognised for his many achievements and ground-breaking initiatives realised over the years since the foundation of Aberdeen Foyer in 1995. Aberdeen Foyer is a local charitable organisation working in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to alleviate and prevent youth homelessness and unemployment. Working closely with partner organisations such as Grampian Housing Association, Aberdeen College, NHS Grampian, Careers Scotland, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils, Aberdeen Foyer provides supported accommodation and a broad range of education and training opportunities for disadvantaged young people aged 16-25.
A unique aspect of Aberdeen Foyer and a demonstration of the entrepreneurial vision which secured this award is Foyer Enterprise, the trading arm of the charity encompassing Foyer Graphics and a highly successful Restaurant and Gallery on Crown Street. An exciting potential addition to Foyer Enterprise currently in development is the Foyer Driving School providing a package for all young people including driving lessons, basic car maintenance and road safety instruction. As a social enterprise the businesses are of great value to Aberdeen Foyer as profits directly benefit the work done with local young people to support them into independent living, learning and work.
Ken Milroy said ‘It’s been a fantastic and rewarding experience building and developing the work of Aberdeen Foyer. It is an honour to be given this award and a great tribute to the hard work and commitment of the Foyer staff and volunteers. We can all be proud of this achievement.’