The Duke presented awards to young people who are participating in 1625ip’s ground-breaking Future Builders scheme, delivered in partnership with the OVO Foundation, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College and Bristol City Council. The young people have successfully completed a pre-apprenticeship course in construction.
The Duke of Gloucester was in attendance at the invitation of HM Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE and was introduced to the High Sheriff of Bristol and the Lord Mayor of Bristol, alongside 1625ip staff and representatives of the charity’s Youth Board and Board of Trustees. Also present on the day was David Westgate, CEO of Andrews Property Group who are currently working with 1625ip on their project [establish>.
The focus of the visit was on the many ways that 1625ip provide young people with education and employment opportunities as a route out of homelessness, with the support of the local community. The visiting dignitaries heard from one of the charity’s Project Support Workers who was previously supported by the charity and is now gaining work experience with a view to undertaking a Masters’ Degree in Social Innovation at Cambridge University in the future. They then had the chance to meet representatives of local businesses, housing and education providers who have partnered with 1625ip to deliver support around education, employment and training. These included Andrews Property Group and Andrews Charitable Trust, who have partnered with 1625ip to deliver their first [establish> house providing accommodation and tailored support for care leavers.
Andrews launched [establish> last year, to celebrate turning 70 by giving back and creating opportunities. They’re working in partnership with local charities such as 1625ip, to support young people in need of housing, by providing 50 properties over the next 50 years, where they can receive ongoing support.
Dom Wood, CEO of 1625 Independent People, added: “Having a visit from HRH The Duke of Gloucester is a great honour. His visit highlights the very real problem of youth homelessness and recognises how 1625 Independent People’s work with our partners is part of the solution. Lastly and most importantly, the Duke’s visit recognises and celebrates the young people’s fantastic achievements.”
David Westgate CEO, of Andrews Property Group said: “It’s fantastic to be able to see these young adults presented with the awards after all their hard work. We are incredibly proud to be able to partner with charities such as 1625ip in order to positively influence the lives of these young people. As they further their education or start a career.”