05 May 2016

ACT supports young people leaving care: 50 homes in 50 years

We are very excited to announce out latest collaboration with Andrews Property Group, the business from which we earn most of our income.  The Andrews House project has been designed to mark the 70th birthday of the business and we will all be involved.

Project 70 (P70) is a really collaborative initiative using the professional knowledge and expertise of Andrews and the charity connections of the Trust, to give young care-leavers their first independent home and support in finding work or training. The aim is for 50 properties to be purchased over the next 50 years, or sooner if funding allows.

The first property was purchased in April 2016 and is located in the central Bristol suburb of Lawrence Hill.  The property is a 5 storey building comprised of a commercial ground floor and basement with three separate self-contained flats on the upper floors. The necessary refurbishment work, which will ensure each flat offers a large bedroom, separate study area and a kitchen/diner, as well as all normal services, is due to be carried out by ex-offenders through the Bristol Together programme, which itself receives funding from ACT.

Andrews and ACT have already engaged with their first partner to deliver the first home.  1625 Independent People is a Bristol-based charity which helps 16-25 year olds with housing advice as well as life skills, confidence building, education, training and jobs.  It is hoped that together, Andrews and ACT will be able to deliver 3 x 1 bed flats for 1625 to lease later in 2016 and the plans have the backing of the City’s Lord Mayor Councillor Clare Campion-Smith.

Dom Wood, Chief Executive at 1625 Independent People, concludes:

 “This new home will give the young people who live there the opportunity to live independently, manage their own finances and gain the support necessary to find employment or training.  The impact that this will have cannot be underestimated and the team at Andrews should be commended for celebrating their 70th anniversary in this way.”