Sheffield, 19 March 2019 – Future Builders, the groundbreaking scheme to provide new skills and housing for young people at risk of homelessness in Sheffield, has today seen the first apprentices welcomed into their new self-renovated homes.
Launched in 2017, in partnership with youth homeless charity Roundabout, alongside CTS Training and Sheffield City Council, Future Builders provides young people who have experienced homelessness access to apprenticeships, while supported by affordable housing from Sheffield City Council.
The Sheffield Future Builders scheme has given nineteen young people the opportunity to complete a traineeship, gain Maths and English qualifications, and get valuable work experience within the construction industry as they renovate the semi-derelict properties they will eventually live in. The first three young people have now moved into their house, with their apprenticeship wage covering their rent and OVO Energy powering each property, leaving them with money to live and support their financial independence.
Future Builder, Scott, explains:
“Future Builders has played a key part in helping me become independent. It has given me the chance to move into an affordable but high quality form of accommodation within the local area, allowed me to learn new skills which in turn has helped me begin a career.”
Gaby Sethi, Head of OVO Foundation and CSR, said:
“OVO Foundation’s mission is to explore new solutions to complex social issues and act as a social incubator for innovative schemes like Future Builders in Sheffield. We are delighted to see the Future Builders welcomed into their new homes in the city. It’s through their hard work and determination they have renovated the houses and created a home for themselves. The project not only breaks the cycle of homelessness, it has also helped the young people on their journey to complete independence.”
Ben Keegan, Chief Executive Officer, Roundabout, said:
“We’re so pleased with how this project is developing. We’ve seen such a change in the young people that are involved with the project already. They’ve grown in confidence, have developed fantastic new renovation skills and have showed such determination in turning their lives around. It’s brilliant to see young people flourish and we look forward to welcoming more young people to the project and transforming more properties from derelict buildings into safe places to call home.”
The scheme in Sheffield is the second Future Builders project, following a successful Bristol pilot in 2016, which has since doubled in size with ten young people starting a pre-apprenticeship programme in September 2017 with two additional Council properties currently being renovated.
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About OVO Foundation
OVO Foundation is OVO Energy’s charity. It was created in 2014 to expand OVO Energy’s charitable giving and bring caring closer to home. OVO Foundation’s mission is to support inspiring organisations with smart ideas in three areas: youth poverty, education, and energy and the environment. At the heart of it all is our mission to give young people a better future. More than 81,000 OVO Energy customers choose to donate to OVO Foundation each month by adding at least 25p to their monthly statement. OVO Energy matches all customer donations doubling the power of what we can achieve together.
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Roundabout is Sheffield’s youth homeless charity supporting young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The charity works with over 180 young people every day, providing shelter, support and life skills to help them gain independence. Roundabout are part of the End Youth Homelessness (EYH) partnership, which is a national movement aiming to end youth homelessness in the UK.