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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, 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. 

150k

at risk every year

That’s how many young
people ask for help.

30k

are turned away 

...after going to their
local authority. 
 

215k

sofa surfing each year

So not classified as 'homeless' and
not getting the help they need.

554k

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...

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 in the first year:

  • 12 young people benefitted from the programme.
  • 9 young people were housed through it.
  • 2 derelict Bristol council properties were renovated and are now being lived in. 
  • 5  young people completed the pre-apprenticeship programme and have gone on to further training or employment. 

In October 2017, Future Builders doubled in size, with 14 young people enrolled in the scheme’s second chapter. 

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 within the construction industry and contact with other 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’ pilot in Bristol; 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. 

Read what we've learnt so far

Sophie’s story

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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