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Turning houses into homes

Our Future Builders programme worked so well that we’re now spreading its wings – across 4 UK locations, including in Scotland. We’re investing over £900,000 to help more young people leave homelessness behind, and give them the training and support they need to live independently.

Posted:

27 January 2020

It all starts with a home

Since 2016, we’ve created safe, affordable housing for more than 130 young people who have experienced or are at risk of homelessness.

The Future Builders programme is all about giving them the chance to renovate semi-derelict homes that they can live in. After moving in, we make sure the rent is very affordable – usually 1/3 of what they’d pay normally, and they get support to access education, employment, and training.

Simply put, it’s all about creating long-term positive change (and we can do that thanks to the generous donations of OVO members!).

Here’s to the next 3 ambitious years

We’ll be investing over £900,000 to keep on doing the same good work with more than 175 young people over the next 3 years.

What’s on our list? Lots of stuff. Together with some amazing charities, we’ll be:

  • Launching with Rock Trust in Perth – our first Future Builders project in Scotland.
  • Continuing to support Roundabout to help young people in Sheffield.
  • Expanding in Bristol with 1625 Independent People, who we first piloted the programme with back in 2016.
  • Partnering with LandAid, who will contribute to the refurbishment costs for our expansion with The Benjamin Foundation in Norfolk.
  • Refurbishing 13 more homes for young people across these 4 locations.
  • Working with End Youth Homelessness, a national movement to end youth homelessness in the UK.

We’ll do all this while thinking of our planet. This means we’ll be working hand in hand with OVO Energy to power these homes with subsidised renewable energy, helping young people live more independently – and more sustainably too.

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