Housing project launched for YMCA apprentices
YMCA apprentices will be able to hone their decorating skills on the first of 30 homes which the charity hopes to lease to young people across the county.
In an initiative supported by Crawley Borough Council, the apprentices will work with council contractor Mitie to bring a house in Three Bridges back up to standard. All the materials will be supplied by Buildbase, in Stephenson Way.
The house will be used to accommodate young people who have received support from the YMCA but are now ready to live independent lives and need a stable place to live.
Paul Woodham, Mitie’s regional manager who also sits on YMCA’s trading board, said: “When we signed our contract with Crawley we made a commitment to support the communities we work in. We’re delighted to be working with Crawley Borough Council and the YMCA on this very worthwhile project.
“It’s a great opportunity to help people get a stable roof over their heads while providing career opportunities for the future.”
The ‘community business’ was awarded government funding to help bring empty properties back into use.
Cllr Richard Burrett (Con, Pound Hill North), Cabinet member for housing, said: “This is a fantastic project and we’re very proud to be part of it. Not only is it helping to make empty properties homes again, but those homes are also going to people who really need that last push of support to help them create stable, happy lives for themselves.”
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