We are offering affordable housing for local young people following the completion of a unique renovation project.
The homes on Bluebell Road in North Walsham have been made possible thanks to the ‘Future Builders’ project which is funded by OVO Energy’s charity arm OVO Foundation. The renovation has also received funding from LandAid, is part of the End Youth Homelessness national programme and is supported by several other organisations. Future Builders gives local young people, many who have previously been vulnerably housed, the opportunity to gain valuable on-site skills and experience while renovating the semi-derelict homes.
Thanks to their hard work, there are now two, fully furnished three-bedroom homes which are available for young people, who are in education, training or employment, to co-live in at an affordable cost of £50 per week, which includes all bills.
The two Victory Housing Homes each have three bedrooms. Young people will have their own, secure bedroom, with a queen-sized bed and storage facilities, a shared kitchen, bathroom and lounge with a Smart-TV. The kitchen is fully-fitted and includes a cooker, washing machine, fridge and freezer.
There are modern furnishings, fixtures and fittings throughout, a garden and that all-important WiFi.
Michala Howarth, Home Starter Development Worker for The Benjamin Foundation says: “The homes are an ideal next step for young people looking to grow in independence. With rent which is affordable, they can live with friends in the homes and have the opportunity to grow in confidence and life skills as they negotiate their way into the world of work, training or education.”
Michala continues: “The great news is that our team is on hand to support them if them need it. We can help with things such as budgeting, paperwork and careers, taking away any stress of learning how to live independently.”
Caroline Silke, Head of OVO Foundation says: “We’re proud to see the hard work of the Future Builders come to fruition, the properties they have brought back into use are now ready to become affordable and quality homes. We’re looking forward to working with The Benjamin Foundation to help more young people escape homelessness whilst supporting them to gain professional experience, achieve qualifications and sustain employment.”
Paul Morrish, Chief Executive of LandAid says: “LandAid was pleased to help fund The Benjamin Foundation’s renovation of these houses. Our mission to end youth homelessness will only be possible if we continue to create the right accommodation young people across the country need, and Future Builders not only provides a home but teaches trainees valuable skills to move forward with their lives. We are proud to be a part of it”
Nick Connolly, Managing Director of End Youth Homelessness says: “We are delighted that EYH Member charity The Benjamin Foundation is participating in EYH’s Future Builders Programme thanks to funding from OVO Foundation and Land Aid. The Benjamin Foundation’s dedicated team have done a brilliant job at bringing these properties back into use, creating high-quality, affordable accommodation for young people in the region.”
If you are aged 18-25 and in training, education or employment and would like to enquire about living in one of the homes, contact Michala on 07976 851202.
The Future Builders project is supported by OVO Foundation, LandAid, End Youth Homelessness, Victory Housing, Easy Bathrooms, RTB Roofing and Builders, Gasway, Nova Training, PTS Plumbing Trade Supplies and Vaillant.
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