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Gipton Supported Independent Living (GIPSIL)

Leeds

Grant: £100,000

The need

There are a number of young people in Leeds whose vulnerability and disruptive lifestyles make it difficult for them to live independently. These young people, the majority of who have been in care, face a severe risk of becoming homeless and need a structured environment with 24 hour support to survive. GIPSIL aim to meet this need with their new initiative, ‘Project Front Door’.

The project

‘Project Front Door’ will convert an empty property into accommodation that gives around-the-clock support to 10 young people at severe risk of homelessness. We have helped fund the project by making a valuable contribution to the building work. 

We also arranged for GIPSIL to receive free planning advice from Bilfinger GVA on how to turn commercial and community buildings into accommodation for homeless young people.

The impact

The project will give 10 young people their own self-contained flat within a large secure building, which includes staff facilities and areas to socialise. It will also create two emergency bedrooms for young people who are sleeping rough and need short-term accommodation while longer term homelessness solutions are found. 

The young people that receive support from GIPSIL will also be given the opportunity to volunteer on the construction site and help with property maintenance, gaining valuable skills to prepare them for employment. 

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