Gainsborough: Supported accommodation for vulnerable young people

Hil Holt Wood housing project
Hil Holt Wood housing project

A public woodland and social enterprise has secured funding to provide affordable supported accommodation for vulnerable young people in Gainsborough.

Thanks to funding from Triodos Bank , Hill Holt Wood, which already offers a range of training and support services to teenagers and young adults, are renovating six homes as part of the national Empty Homes Project.

Each home will have three or four bedrooms and have a high eco specification.

The houses are located in Trinity Street, Clinton Terrace and Linden Terrace, Gainsborough.

Head of finance at Hill Holt Wood, Tim Sleight, said: “Once the tenants are living in the homes, we will help develop their living skills such as cooking, hygiene and finance management.”

“The idea being that eventually, once they have gained suitable sustainable employment, these young people will be much more independent and able to move into a bigger property or even part-purchase a home.”

“We will use local labour wherever possible and the construction work will provide young, unemployed and low-skilled people in the community with an opportunity for training and development.”

Once finished, the homes will be let to those in need within the community, with special preference to young people in need of safe and secure living space.

Renovation of three of the houses is complete and fully let, and there is already a waiting list of potential new residents.

Rent comes from a mix of housing benefit, support package fees and direct rent from those who are working, and is then reinvested into supporting tenants and renovating more accommodation in the area.

Tim added: “We believe that by targeting specific areas, streets can be reclaimed one house at a time, improving the overall quality of life and property values at the same time.”

Mark Ogden, relationship manager at Triodos, said: We are delighted to be able to support Hill Holt Wood in such a worthwhile project.”