An innovative housing project for young people leaving care

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To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the formation of Andrews Property Group in 2016, we launched a major new initiative called [establish].

[Establish] combines the resources and charity support skills of ACT with the professional expertise of Andrews Property Group in a unique collaboration to support young people who have been through the care system.

The aim is to purchase one house a year for the next 50 years across the area covered by the Andrews branch network. By partnering with local youth housing organisations, we are able to make available good quality accomodation, together with continued personal support to help these young people with the transition into work and eventually to full independence. 

Michael Robson, former Chief Executive of Andrews, speaking on the launch of the initiative said:

“We were keen to celebrate our 70th anniversary in a meaningful way that reminded those within the business and the wider communities where we operate, of the foundations on which our business was formed and the unique ownership structure that remains to this day.  By collaborating on this initiative together, we believe we’re able to draw on the distinct areas of expertise of both the business and its shareholding charity.  Staff across the country have helped launch this project with significant fundraising of £70,000.”

The collaboration works in the following way between the Andrews Property Group business, its shareholding owner Andrews Charitable Trust and the Youth Housing Organisations we partner with:

Andrews Charitable Trust

ACT is responsible for selecting excellent local youth housing organisations with a track record in initiatives to improve the lives of vulnerable young people.  We look for organisations that provide housing and tenancy sustainment support with evidence of helping young people into work, so that they can realistically move into mainstream accommodation when they leave the [establish] house.

ACT funds the purchase the property and the selected housing organisation is given sub-commercial long-term leases for use by their beneficiaries.  The lease provides ACT with a modest income to help finance future property purchases.

Andrews Property Group

Finds and purchases the property.  Andrews staff  have the opportunity to be directly involved in supporting their youth charity partner, through fundraising to for their local house, mentoring young people or providing work experience advice.

Andrews Property Group has branches across Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and the South East and this is the area that we will cover with [establish] homes.

Youth Housing Partner

When we partner with a youth housing organisation, we expect them to ensure that the young people in our accommodation are supported to make positive progress in the following areas:

Number of young people in work

  • At end of tenancy and 12 months later.

Number of young people in stable accommodation

  • Have a planned move to secure accommodation on leaving the [establish] house.
  • Maintaining independent tenancy 12 months later.

Number of young people reducing their reliance on state funding

  • At end of tenancy and 12 months later.

These KPIs form the basis for discussions around renewal of the contract.