We are very honoured at St Vincent's to have had a visit from a very important person. Kris Hopkins, Housing Minister, dropped into our fantastic Manchester Foyer to meet residents and staff and take a look around. He spent time talking to the young people at the Foyer about the challenges facing young people, particularly in a big city such as Manchester, but also about the talk about the opportunities that are out there for young people with a positive attitude.
Kris Hopkins was very impressed with the Foyer and thanked everyone involved.
He said “It is great to be in Manchester to see how St Vincent’s is helping to provide opportunities and a fresh start for so many people. The support they offer to young people, many of whom are homeless or come from challenging backgrounds, and who want to stay in education, seek out training and get into work really is invaluable. The stable, secure accommodation and help they provide can enable a young person, who may otherwise feel overlooked, set down roots in the local area, help to turn their lives around and spur them towards more ambitious goals.”
Author - | Added on 29/04/2014
We’ve been working hard on our Every Pound Counts Strategy and last year, by listening to our customers and staff, have implemented a whole range of efficiency measures across the organisation. If you would like to take a look at our Value for Money Statement you can see it here:
Author - | Added on 28/04/2014
We are pleased to announce we are developing the first ever shared ownership bungalows in the lovely Ribble Valley. The three two-bedroom bungalows overlooking the River Ribble are available on a part-buy-part-rent basis at Low Moor Gardens, Clitheroe, along with three two-bedroom houses, three three-bedroom houses and a four-bedroom house.
The homes are being developed by Taylor Wimpey in association with Ribble Valley Borough Council and ourselves.
We are hosting an open day at the development on Tuesday, April 29 from 4 to 7pm.
The properties have gardens and off-road parking, making them ideal for families or mature residents in an area where affordable housing is particularly scarce.
The shared ownership bungalows start at £75,000 for a 50 per cent share.
Pictured: Rachel O’Connor, St Vincent’s Development Manager and Colin Hirst, head of housing and regeneration at Ribble Valley Borough Council
Author - | Added on 08/04/2014
We are delighted that our SnugBug Houseshare service has been shortlisted for the NHF’s Community Impact Awards in the Better Neighbourhoods Category.
SnugBug, which launched 12 months ago, provides 60 shared rooms for young people in Manchester. The service has proved to be immensely popular, and a cracking opportunity for young people to get the independence they want, along with the support they need. Each young person must complete the pre-tenancy training prior to being offered a property.
We partnered with Manchester City Council to develop the service with £50k seed funding. Further investment of £2.5m from St Vincent’s has seen SnugBug become a well know and popular service offering high quality fully furnished properties.
Charlie Norman, Chief Executive of St Vincent’s said “Any parent in the country with children or young adults in the household will wonder how on earth their children will actually make the transition from living at home to living in their own place. There are so few options now for young people and those opportunities that are available are so often way out of the price range of many. We know that to buy a property in the city many young people will need significant help from the bank of Mum and Dad, something that many parents are unable to give their children. Shared social housing for young people just hasn’t really taken off before. We feel that St Vincent’s has stuck its neck out and gone for it, with the belief that we can offer young people something different in a city with few real housing options open to them.”
Author - | Added on 27/03/2014
St Vincent’s SnugBug project has been shortlisted for the Chartered Institute of Housing’s UKHA Awards 2014 in the Specialist Landlord category.
SnugBug offers affordable social housing for young people in Manchester, and being the first of its kind, SnugBug is filling a vital gap in the market for housing for 18-25 year olds.
Launched just over a year ago with £50k seed funding from Manchester City Council, and a further £2.5m investment from St Vincent’s, SnugBug now provides 60 shared properties in central locations such as Burnage, Chorlton, Withington and Fallowfield.
To qualify for a SnugBug home an applicant must first complete pre-tenancy training which covers; Making a Positive Contribution, Staying Safe, Enjoying a Healthy Lifestyle, Economic wellbeing, and Enjoying and Being Active. The service has a dedicated Housing Officer and a 24-hour Ranger Service.
Charlie Norman, Chief Executive for St Vincent’s said: “We’ve already received well over 700 applications from young people in the City – which proves how vital SnugBug is. It’s so hard to find anything these days which is both aspirational and affordable, but I think SnugBug is doing just that.”
Paul Beardmore, Director of Housing for Manchester City Council “St Vincent's SnugBug has been a fabulous project which has filled a real gap in services for young people. By working with the Council and understanding the problem, Snugbug has created a highly demanded project which is valued by all stakeholders and the young people themselves. It also helps make the best use of our housing stock and enables young people to live in local communities without all the usual problems created by traditional young peoples accommodation projects. Manchester City Council is proud to have supported St Vincent's in developing the idea into reality.
Author - | Added on 31/01/2014
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