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Monday 8 May 2017

Establish project provides home and tailored support for young people leaving care in Bristol

 
Andrews Property Group has unveiled the first home purchased as part of its 70th anniversary fundraising initiative, naming the social housing project “Establish”.
 
Andrews celebrated its 70th anniversary last year and raised £70,000 to kick-start this ambitious, innovative and enduring project which recognised the philanthropic origins of the business.  
 
Working together with its principal shareholder Andrews Charitable Trust (ACT), it has purchased and refurbished the Bristol property to support young people leaving the care system. 1625 Independent people (1625ip) are working in partnership with Andrews on the first Establish house, providing specialised support for the young people moving into the property through our award winning Future 4 Me project.


Andrews and 1625 Independent People staff cutting the ribbon to celebrate the launch of the first Establish house 
 
Speaking at the official launch, David Westgate, Group CEO of Andrews Property Group, said:
“It was important to us that we celebrated a milestone as significant as our 70th anniversary in a meaningful way and to see this property now refurbished and ready to welcome its first residents makes all the hard work that went in to raising the funds worth it.
 
We’re delighted to be joined here today by Dom Wood and the team from 1625 Independent People – the local charity to whom we’ve leased the property.  They specialise in providing 16-25 year olds with housing advice as well as life skills, confidence building, education, training and jobs and I know they’ll do a great job!" 
 
Dom Wood, CEO of 1625 Independent People, added:
“When Andrews and ACT approached us to partner with them on this visionary project we knew that it would be something quite special and we’re delighted to be working with them moving forward to support these young people.
 
The commitment that they’ve shown, not only through financing the refurbishment, but by pledging support over the longer term to the young people who live here demonstrates social philanthropy at work in a truly tangible way.” 
 
Establish was created not only as the focal point of Andrews’ 70th anniversary fundraising efforts, but also as a meaningful way to support young people leaving the care system to access support in finding work; it will provide them with secure accommodation and in doing so facilitate their independence and ultimately, reduce their overall reliance on state support. 
 
The property is a 5-storey building made up of a commercial ground floor and basement with three separate self-contained flats on the upper floors. The necessary refurbishment work was carried out by ex-offenders through the Bristol Together programme, which itself receives funding from the Andrews Charitable Trust.
 
The first residents are moving into the property this week.


More information:

Contact:

Tia Psihogios| Funding and Communication Officer| 1625 Independent People| 0117 317 7096| tia.psihogios@125ip.co.uk

Caroline Elliott| Marketing Manager| Andrews Property Group| 0117 9461867| celliott@andrewsonline.co.uk

 

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