Project information

Housing for Vulnerable Young People, Guildford

The property in Guildford will be used to provide housing for three vulnerable young people aged 16-25. Our staff will provide support and advice to help them learn to live independently, pursue further training and/or find employment to help them play a constructive role in society.

November 2010 - March 2011

Charity information: Transform Housing & Support

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  • Need

    Need

    We work in an area that is well-known for its affluence, where areas of deprivation are not immediately obvious. However, this affluence makes it even harder for people on low incomes to find affordable accommodation – the average house price in Surrey is over 13 times the average salary. It is especially difficult for vulnerable young people leaving care who do not have the network of family or friends we take for granted or the financial stability to help them on their way.

    Solution

    As well as providing a safe place to live, SCDT helps young people improve their key life skills (budgeting, cooking and running a home) whilst dealing with the underlying causes that led them to where they are today. They are given support and encouragement to re-establish contact with family and friends, consider training and job opportunities and regain their self-respect by positively contributing to their communities through volunteering, for example.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide housing for three vulnerable young people

    Activities

    » We wish to buy a house in Guildford and refurbish it to provide suitable shared accommodation for three young people and one resident volunteer.

    The completion of the refurbishment and furnishing of the property so that the young people can move in in March 2011


    Aim 2

    To help vulnerable young people learn to live independently.

    Activities

    » SCDT staff will provide support and advice on key life skills, such as budgeting, cooking and running a home.
    » SCDT staff will encourage and help residents to pursue further education or employment/volunteering opportunities.

    Once residents have spent time at the property they have built up the confidence and skills to move on to live independently.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The project will equip vulnerable young people who may otherwise be homeless with the confidence and skills to run their own home, live independently, further their education, find suitable employment and positively contribute to Society.

    Risk

    The main risk is that the purchase of the property may fall through, and we will have to start searching again for a suitable property. This would cause a delay in the completion of the project.

    Reporting

    A report will be sent to all donors 6 months after the completion of the project to provide information about the beneficiaries and feedback on their progress. SCDT's quartly newsletter will also be sent to all donors, together with our next Annual Report when it is available in September.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £387,991

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      Amount Heading Description
      £387,991 Capital Costs Budget breakdown available on request
  • Background

    Location

    The project will based in Guildford, near to our other projects for vulnerable young people and project office. Guildford is an area well-known for its affluence, where areas of deprivation are not immediately obvious. However, this affluence makes it even harder for people on low incomes to find affordable accommodation – the average house price in Surrey is over 13 times the average salary.

    Beneficiaries

    Vulnerable young people at risk of homelessness will immediately benefit from the project. Long-term, the skills they will learn at the project will enable them to play a more constructive role in the local community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    SCDT is the largest specialist charity supporting vulnerable people within Surrey and the London Borough of Sutton. We work closely with all the local agencies, the probation service and all eleven boroughs and districts in Surrey, the London Borough of Sutton, Wokingham and the Hampshire boroughs of Hart and Rushmoor. All these agencies recognise and value our personal approach to supporting homeless people to move on with their lives.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Suzanne Edwards

    Suzanne has 12 years' experience as SCDT's Development Manager, and she will oversee the the purchase and refurbishment of the property in Guildford.

    Sue Manning

    Sue has been Project Manager for our Shared Houses projects for vulnerable young people for nearly 20 years, and will manage the support services.

This is not a quick fix: SCDT is there for the long-term. The staff and the work they do make many of us feel inadequate and humble.

The Rt Hon Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone, DL