Young people leaving care in South Gloucestershire supported by Establish initiative
On Tuesday 9th July, we handed over the use of our fourth house for young people leaving care and celebrated the unique partnership between business, charity and the public sector.
The latest property in the Fishponds area of Bristol has been converted into two self-contained flats which are now available to young people from South Gloucestershire who are leaving care.
Speaking at the official launch, David Westgate, Group CEO at Andrews Property Group, said: “It’s a little over two years since we opened the first Establish house so the fact that we’re here today celebrating the 10th and 11th young care leaver moving in is incredible. With a vision to provide 50 homes to local charities within 50 years, we’re already well ahead of that schedule.
“With each of these houses that we launch, it is worth remembering that this is not just a case of providing young people with a place to live; we want to offer them wider support that encompasses everything from skills development, training and advice on career options, through to how to approach issues around personal finance and other aspects of independent living.
“We partnered with 1625ip when we launched our first three flats for care leavers in Bristol two years ago, so it’s great to be back here with the team today to bring real opportunity to young people leaving care in South Gloucestershire.”
Dom Wood, Chief Executive of 1625IP, added: “Since Andrews launched the first three flats for care leavers in Bristol in 2017, our team has witnessed just how real Andrews’ commitment to social philanthropy is.
“We’re both delighted and honoured to now be here celebrating this new house that will provide two more young people with a home and vital support for the coming few years and look forward to engaging with more members of the Andrews’ team, without whom this initiative simply wouldn’t be possible.”
Nathan Moore works for Andrews and has trained as a mentor: “Having been in care myself, I understand the challenges that these young people are facing. The processes of becoming an independent adult is difficult enough at the best of times, but for those young people leaving the care system the challenges are often amplified if they don’t receive support and guidance.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with some of these young people as a mentor and, hopefully, provide them with the support they need to thrive as they transition in to work or training and get used to living independently.”
The first residents will move in later in July.