Developing Health and Independence


Grant: £100,000

The need

Youth unemployment in Bristol is high, making housing increasingly unaffordable and out of reach for many young people. The rate of young people in the city that have experienced homelessness in the past five years is running three times higher than the national average. 

Developing Health & Independence challenges social exclusion by supporting young people and adults to achieve their potential and contribute to the richness and wellbeing of their community. DHI deals not only with people’s health and emotional wellbeing, but also with practical issues such as housing, addiction recovery and lack of basic education and employability skills.

The project

We are funding DHI's response to the need in Bristol to create affordable accommodation for young people. This will involve converting properties into 12 bed spaces for care leavers and shared housing for young people who are at risk of homelessness or preparing to move into private rented accommodation. The accommodation will be managed by DHI’s social enterprise lettings agency, Home Turf Lettings.

The impact

This project will bring about long-term positive change by providing guided opportunities for young people rather than care. DHI ensure that the young people they support have access to holistic support including employment services and training via a social enterprise scheme, working in partnership with local organisations including 1625 Independent People and Clean Slate Training and Employment.