We are excited to be offering local young people the opportunity to be actively involved in the renovation of two derelict properties in North Walsham.

This September, we will be launching ‘Future Builders’ – a new housing scheme in partnership with End Youth Homelessness and funded by The Ovo Foundation. The project will give young people age 16 – 25 the chance to learn hands on construction experience whilst renovating the properties alongside RTB Roofing and Building. This will provide them with essential experience and education to progress on to further education, apprenticeships or paid employment.

Once the renovation on the properties is complete, young people who have assisted with the renovation and are vulnerable housed, have experienced homelessness or who need to take the next steps to independence will be assessed and considered for the option to move in to the properties, that properties will offer two three bed shared housing and below market rent. While living in the house, the young people will be given ongoing support.

We are now asking for young people age 16-25 to get involved. There are no formal entry requirements, other than a keen interest in construction and a willingness to learn. There is also education, training and support available for up to four days a week, with on-site work experience too.

We are proud to be a regional partner of End Youth Homelessness – a UK-wide network of charities joining forces to tackle youth homelessness. Working in Norfolk and Suffolk, we provide a home and support to over 100 vulnerable young people each night, giving them a safe place to live and the skills and support they need to go on and forge an independent life.

Michala Howarth, Development Worker for The Benjamin Foundation says:

“Future Builders is a unique opportunity for local young people to get involved with an exciting new project to learn new skills, such as plastering, carpentry, tiling and plumbing, within the construction industry. It’s the whole package; training and support with the possibility of an affordable place to live at the end of the project.”

Michala continues: “If you’re keen to learn more, we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch to find out more about how Future Builders can help you construct a brighter, independent future.”

If you’re a young person age 16-25, or an organisation who can help to promote Future Builders to young people, please contact Michala Howarth [email protected] or 07976 851202.

We are also keen to hear from young people who are interested in living in the property once work is complete.

Quote Marks Left The Benjamin Foundation has given me a sense of confidence and comfort. I feel a sense of normality when I speak to the staff but also in the independence I am given; they are always there for me and my needs. I have learnt to not be so stressed, anxious and depressed about certain situations, I have learnt a lot about money and budgeting. I now feel so much more confident about myself and the fact that I can now move forward in life.

Jayden, 22

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