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Future Builders

A radical new approach to youth homelessness

Future Builders enables young people to renovate homes they’ll actually live in, while giving them the training they need to gain an apprenticeship or full-time work and take that first step to complete independence.

Youth homelessness: the stats

Youth homelessness is a growing problem in the UK. That’s why OVO Foundation has made tackling youth poverty and homelessness a priority.

150k

young people a year ask local authorities for help with homelessness
 

30k

are turned away after going to their local authority for help
 

215k

not getting help they need each year, as sofa surfing is not classified as ‘homeless’
 

808k

16-24 year olds not in employment, education or training from January to March 2018

So what are we doing about it? 

With these stats in mind, we’ve focussed Future Builders around three key goals...

Build

Create safe, affordable housing for homeless young people.

Learn

Provide them with training to secure a paid apprenticeship and/or employment.

Thrive

Give them support to sustain their wellbeing and independence, long into the future.

Two cities, one big goal

A brighter Bristol 

We launched Future Builders here in October 2016, and since we launched

  • 20 young people benefitted from the programme.
  • 10 young people have been housed through it.
  • 4 derelict Bristol council properties have been renovated and are now being lived in. 
  • 9  young people who completed the pre-apprenticeship programme are now employed, in an apprenticeship or enrolled in further training.

A hopeful Sheffield 

In November 2017, we’re partnering with Roundabout, CTS Training and Sheffield City Council to give young homeless people:

  • 3 semi-derelict homes to renovate. 
  • 6 government-funded traineeships. 
  • Functional Skills Maths and English qualifications. 
  • Valuable work experience in the construction industry and contact with local employers.
  • The training and confidence they need to gain long-term employment. 

And the work doesn’t stop there 

We learnt a lot from the Future Builders project in Bristol and Sheffield; we're using these lessons to improve and expand the scheme.

In fact, we’re hoping to have the scheme up and running in 5 cities by the end of 2018. 

Take a look here at the lessons we've learnt from this project. 

To find out more about how we've developed the scheme read here.

 

 

Watch our Future Builders' journey so far...

First we went to Bristol, now we’re taking our groundbreaking OVO Foundation scheme to Sheffield too. Future Builders enables young people to renovate homes they’ll actually live in, all while giving them the training they need to gain an apprenticeship or full-time work and take that first step to complete independence.

Future Builders award nominations

The simple and innovative approach that Future Builders brings to tackling youth poverty has been recognised nationally. We're really proud to have been nominated for these awards in 2018.
 

Thanks to our partners

The success of Future Builders comes down to collaboration. In fact, it simply wouldn’t be possible without our brilliant partners. 

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