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Future Builders: tackling youth homelessness in Bristol 

Future Builders is our radical new approach to youth homelessness…
OVO Foundation supports young people to renovate derelict Council houses they will actually live in while giving them the training and support they need to gain an apprenticeship or full-time work.

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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. 

That’s how many young people ask for help.

...after going to their local authority.

In London, alone, huge increase since 2011/12.

...between the period of Nov 2016 and Jan 2017.

Read about this complex and challenging problem in more detail on our blog.

Take a closer look…

 

Watch our Future Builders' journey so far...

 

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.

Here's what our Future Builders had to say about the project

On achieving goals

“Achieving these goals, makes me feel proud and have a good idea of how to deal with the real world. I want to push myself to my limit because I feel now is the right time to achieve my potential.”

What's the best thing about Future Builders?

“I’m enjoying getting up every day in the morning, having a place to be and things to do.”

What have you learned?

"I've learnt to work well as part of a team. The atmosphere is good because of the group."

Here's what the first property looked like before renovation...

And after renovation...

And then came the 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.

UKHA Inside housing 2017 award finalist OVO Foundation     Better society 2017 award shortlist OVO Foundation

Read more about Future Builders and OVO Foundation

Thanks to our partners

The success of Future Builders comes down to collaboration, with our key partners all pulling in the same direction towards the same goal.

Bristol City Council SGS College OVO Energy Future Builders1625ip OVO Energy Future Builders

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