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.
Youth homelessness: the stats
Youth homelessness is a huge problem in the UK. Although things are improving in some ways, there’s still much to be done. That’s why we’ve made tackling youth poverty and homelessness one of the priorities of our charitable arm – OVO Foundation.
at risk every year
That’s how many young people ask for help.
are turned away
...after going to their local authority.
sofa surfing each year
So not classified as 'homeless' and not getting the help they need.
unemployed 16-24 year olds
...between the period of Nov 2016 and Jan 2017.
So what are we doing about it?
With these stats in mind, we’ve focussed our Future Builders project around three key goals...
Create safe, affordable housing for homeless young people.
Provide them with training to secure a paid apprenticeship and/or employment.
Give them support to sustain their wellbeing and independence, long into the future.
Sophie became homeless aged 16 and was living in supported accommodation when she attended a Future Builders taster session, and joined the Bristol pilot in October 2016.
"I think if I hadn’t done this I would still be panicking about the future. It’s helped me find myself."
After completing a course at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, and helping to renovate 2 council properties in the city, she moved into one of them in spring 2017!
At the same time, Sophie enrolled in a full-time apprenticeship at Southmead Hospital. Once completed, Sophie will have a City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Maintenance Operations.
Now, she not only has a roof over head, Sophie also has the platform she needs to progress and gain a trade qualification in an occupation of her choice.
“It’s great I’ve now got a job and a house, but it’s the actual journey which has helped me find confidence in myself...I think if I hadn’t done this I would still be panicking about the future. It’s helped me find myself.”
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.
Already the scheme has been nominated for awards
Future Builders might be a fairly new project, but it's simple and innovative approach to tackling youth poverty has been recognised nationally. We're really proud to have been nominated for these awards.
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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