An innovative housing project for young people leaving care


House 1: Bristol – Launched April 2017

Youth Housing Partner: 1625 Independent People

1625 Independent People lease our property in Lawrence Hill, Bristol. They specialise in providing 16-25 year olds with housing advice as well as life skills, confidence building, education, training and career guidance.

Dom Wood from 1625 Independent People at the launch of the partnership said: “When Andrews and ACT approached us to partner with them on this visionary project we knew that it would be something quite special and we’re delighted to be working with them moving forward to support these young people.

“The commitment that they’ve shown, not only through financing the refurbishment, but by pledging support over the longer term to the young people who live here demonstrates social philanthropy at work in a truly tangible way.”

The necessary refurbishment work was carried out by ex-offenders through the Bristol Together programme, which itself has received funding from the Andrews Charitable Trust.

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House 2: London Borough of Sutton – Launched January 2018

Youth Housing Partner: CAYSH

CAYSH is a long established and experienced youth charity, committed to helping young people who have experienced housing issues.  Through our partnership and leasing our house in Worcester Park, they are able to offer young care leavers in the London Borough of Sutton affordable housing that offers a realistic route into independent living and which makes the transition into a life of work achievable.

Speaking ahead of the official launch, David Westgate, Group CEO at Andrews Property Group, said: “When we launched our first [establish] home last year, it was hard to believe that the hard work of the entire Andrews team had raised the necessary funds to purchase and refurbish a much-needed home for young people in need.  Now that we’re unveiling our second home, it really does feel that the [establish] programme is doing something very special.

Lydia Dixon from CAYSH added: “It is a sad reality that there are so many young people who face challenges in life which put their housing situation in jeopardy.  We already work tirelessly to support these people across South London, but the difference that the contribution provided by Andrews Property Group and Andrews Charitable Trust will make, simply can’t be underestimated. We are excited about working with a local business to find ways of supporting our young people with positive role models and work experience so that they are able to secure and sustain work.  This house will provide a stepping stone to a move into mainstream rental accommodation.  For most young people, this transition is made easier with help from parents and family, so at CAYSH we work with our young care leavers to ensure that they also have someone to turn to when the going gets tough.”

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