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Award win for outstanding business and charity partnership

Monday 12 June 2017

The new [establish] project, providing tailored housing and support for care leavers accessing work, training and education, has won a coveted Business Charity Award

Huge congratulations to our partner Andrews Property Group and its principal shareholder, Andrews Charitable Trust, who have received the prestigious award for their work to support young people leaving care.
[establish] is the ambitious social housing project launched following Andrews’ 70th anniversary fundraising campaign. 1625 Independent People are the first charity partner chosen to help Andrews' deliver the project, with the first house to support vulnerable young people in Bristol unveiled just last month. It was this flagship partnership that was showcased in their successful award entry.


Pictured at the awards, from left: Presenter, journalist Declan Curry; Andrews Charitable Trust director Sian Edwards; and Andrews Chief Executive David Westgate.
The judges of the Business Charity Awards were particularly impressed with the inclusive approach that the Andrews’ team took to make this fundraising initiative a success. Not only were all team members across the entire Andrews’ branch network involved in fundraising initiatives ranging from competitive bake-offs through to skydives and marathons, but two members of staff will also be trained by 1625 Independent People to act as volunteer mentors to the young people living in the [establish] house.
The longevity of the [establish] programme was also recognised by the judges. With a vision to set up a total of 50 such houses, Andrews' has not only committed over the long term to supporting vulnerable people as they leave the care system and make their own way in life, but they’ll also provide them with the chance to join Andrews' through work placements, apprenticeships and, it is hoped, long-term employment.
Speaking of the award success, David Westgate, Chief Executive of Andrews Property Group, commented:

“The Business Charity Awards recognise the outstanding contributions made by UK businesses to benefit and support good causes. It is, therefore, an honour to be recognised in this way.
Our heritage is grounded in ensuring that our work benefits the wider societies in which we operate so when we decided how best to celebrate our 70th anniversary last year, fundraising in order to launch an ambitious housing project to support young people felt entirely like the right thing to do. Importantly, it’s something that we feel our founder, Cecil Jackson Cole (himself a highly regarded social philanthropist), would have been supportive of.”

You can find out more about the development of [establish] (originally called My First Base), the history of Andrews' and its philanthropic founder in this short video:

The first residents of the [establish] house in Bristol moved into their homes in early May. They will receive specialist support from our Future 4 Me project, which won the National Lottery Award in 2015 for Best Charity Project in the UK. 

Each young person will work with their key worker to agree a personalised support plan. There is a particular emphasis on support around learning and work, including:

  • Access to activities such as sport and creative opportunities in music and the arts.
  • Mentoring.
  • Independent living skills training such as budgeting, pre-tenancy training and cooking.
  • Volunteering opportunities.
  • In partnership with Andrews Charitable Trust we will work to enable young people to access work experience opportunities with Andrews Property Group, if desired, as well as other employers. 
Andrews is already actively looking for further properties to extend the [establish] footprint.  The next house is anticipated to launch in South London later this year. 

Jamie Gill, Partnerships Director of 1625 Independent People, added:

"We are so happy to see Andrews rewarded with this Business Charity Award; we have been so impressed with the integrity, enthusiasm and committment in the way that they have partnered with us to improve the lives of young people leaving care. It has been an honour to be a part of making such an inspiring and trailblazing project a reality. We know from our experience that young people leaving care can achieve amazing things in life, given the support and opportunities they need and deserve to realise their potential.

This award reflects Andrews' committment at every level from staff memebers fundraising locally, through to the work of the Andrews Charitable Trust and the inspiration of their founder Cecil Jackson Cole. It's a truly inspiring example of how businesses can work with the charity and public sectors to effect innovative solutions to the challenges faced by young people."

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For more information please contact:

Tia Psihogios, 1625 Independent People Funding and Communication Officer, tia.psihogios@1625ip.co.uk or
0117 317 8800

Caroline Elliot, Andrews Property Group Marketing Manager, celliot@andrewsonline.co.uk or 0117 946 1867

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