2 JUL 2018
Professionals in the land, property and construction sectors have raised £75,000 to help YMCA Thames Gateway fund a modular construction housing scheme for young people.
This project will create 30 self-contained one-bedroom flats for young people who are ready to live more independently and to enter employment.
The funds for the Thames Gateway project were raised through our Pledge150 campaign, launched in partnership with LandAid, in RICS’ 150th anniversary year. We aim to deliver at least 150 bed spaces across the UK by December 2018 for young people at risk of homelessness.
The project will assist young people entering the employment market as rents at the property will be roughly 65% of market rents, and below the housing benefit local housing allowance – allowing young people to save and prepare for their futures.
The YMCA not only provides safe accommodation for young vulnerable people, it also provides specialist support to ensure they have the skills needed to live a healthy and independent life, including budgeting, cooking, training, and employability skills.
One former homeless person the charity has given a new lease of life to is Noel. Noel became homeless when his relationship with his father broke down. He had a difficult childhood; his mum passed away when he was just nine. Luckily Noel was referred to the YMCA in Romford. Once staying there, he began volunteering in the gym – and realised not only his passion for fitness, but also how good he was at working with people.
Five years on Noel is doing so well. He started by completing a level 2 Instructor Training Course, after which he was offered a part-time job as a fitness instructor. He now runs a range of specialised classes and programmes, working with a range of people with specialist needs from young children, teens who have been excluded from school and children and adults with disabilities.
As part of the RICS Pledge150 campaign, those working in the built environment may also be given the opportunity to provide pro bono property advice to local charities supporting disadvantaged young people, families and communities, including those experiencing homelessness. If you’re feeling inspired to help our Pledge150 campaign, and are feeling compelled to take on a challenge of your own, email our Pledge150 team to get involved.
Or donate via text by texting RICS12 followed by £3, £5 or £10 to 70070.