We are reaching out to local young people who are ready to take their next steps to independence following an innovative project to refurbish homes to create affordable housing.

The Future Builders project, funded by The OVO Foundation, has seen young people supported to refurbish two homes in North Walsham, giving them the opportunity to learn new skills and experiences. With the homes nearing completion, we are now looking for young people age 16 to 25, who are ready to take on a tenancy, to move into the properties on the town’s Bluebell Road.

Michala Howarth from The Benjamin Foundation explains:

“The Future Builders project has been amazing for providing local young people with valuable on-site learning in order to refurbish two homes. These properties will soon be available for tenancy applications; therefore we are looking for young people who are either employed or in the process of completing an apprenticeship who wish to take their next step to independence.

“Our Future Builders homes are offering the opportunity for 16-25 year olds to live in a shared house with their peers and with rent which is affordable.”

By working in partnership and receiving excellent support from End Youth Homelessness, Nova Training, Victory Housing, Gasway, Easy Bathrooms and RTB Roofing and Building, the three-bedroom homes have been renovated to a good standard throughout.

We will also be offering those who move in support with managing their tenancy and helping them to further their career prospects.

Rent will be one single payment – either weekly or monthly, depending on individual circumstances, and all bills are included.

Michala adds: “The Future Builders project is addressing the housing crisis by offering affordable housing with support to 16-25 year olds. We’re keen for people to get in touch with us to learn more.”

Rooms will be available from April 2020. If you’re age 16 to 25, in employment or completing an apprenticeship, tenancy ready and all set to take your next step to independence, please get in touch with Michala Howarth on 07976 851202 to enquire about moving into one of these newly renovated properties.

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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