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 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
are turned away
sofa surfing each year
unemployed 16-24 year olds
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.
We launched Future Builders here in October 2016, and in the first year:
In October 2017, Future Builders doubled in size, with 14 young people enrolled in the scheme’s second chapter.
In November 2017, we’re partnering with Roundabout, CTS Training and Sheffield City Council to give young homeless people:
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.
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.
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.”
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.
The success of Future Builders comes down to collaboration. In fact, it simply wouldn’t be possible without our brilliant partners.