Recognition for Shane going the Extra Mile

A Banbury man who spent two months homeless living in a tent in Bicester has turned his life around and gone on to win a national award for his efforts.


Shane Lloyd, 21, had to leave his family home in summer 2017 and spent eight weeks homeless before he was referred to Sanctuary Supported Living’s (SSL) Banbury Foyer.

The Foyer, which works with young people aged 16 to 25, provided Shane with supported accommodation while he worked on returning to living independently.

After nine months, Shane had settled in so well to the Foyer staff nominated him for the Foyer Federation’s Extra Mile Award at this year’s Spark Awards, which recognises young people who have gone the extra mile for their peers.

In Shane’s case, this meant taking on the role of resident rep, working with other residents to help them attend commitments – such as a course with the Prince’s Trust.

Shane also helps keep the Foyer tidy – particularly the kitchen – and is always on hand to help staff when needed.

SSL residents play a key role in the development of their service, helping to shape events and activities.

Outside of helping staff and residents, Shane has this month taken on a carpentry apprenticeship and is preparing for his ultimate goal of moving into independent accommodation.

The Spark Awards, organised by the Foyer Federation, recognise the achievements of staff and residents alike at foyers across the country, which provide supported housing for young people aged 16 to 25.

SSL local service manager Louise Powell said: “Shane has been a model resident during his time at the Foyer and his helpful demeanour makes all the difference to our residents, who can be going through some of the most difficult times in their lives.

“He should be very proud of his accomplishments during his time at the Foyer and this award is proof of that.”