Saint-Gobain is working with charity partner Barnardo’s to deliver six starter homes for care leavers in Scotland.
The Gap Homes Project, an initiative to provide transitionary accommodation for young people leaving the care system, will deliver up to two new homes in the Inverness area, two in the surrounding region, and a further two in Paisley.
This initiative marks the beginning of the partnership between Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland and Barnardo’s, with a number of projects planned over the next two years to help vulnerable young people develop their skills and find their way back into employment.
Saint-Gobain will be providing design assistance, technical and training support on Saint-Gobain materials to ensure that the comfort, health and wellbeing of the young adults is a priority.
Stuart McKill, Sustainable Habitat Leader for Saint-Gobain Scotland, said: “We are proud to be supporting this Barnardo’s initiative, which aims to help vulnerable young people by providing homes in which they can develop important life skills and learn to be truly independent.
“The new homes will be built to extremely high standards using Saint-Gobain materials, and a holistic approach to design will be taken to ensure that the homes are energy efficient, comfortable, and take into consideration the health and wellbeing of the young people.
“Not only this, but we will also use this project to provide training opportunities to young people, getting them involved in the build process, as well as helping them to learn new skills that they can take forward to secure employment within the construction sector.”
Elizabeth McShane, Assistant Director of Business Development for Barnardo’s Scotland, commented: “It can be very difficult for young people leaving care to live alone for the first time, especially when it comes to running a home on a limited budget. By providing transitionary accommodation for care leavers, we aim to provide practical and emotional support, for up to two years, for those who need it the most.
“With the support of Saint-Gobain in Scotland, we will be able to create homes that are affordable to manage and comfortable, giving these young people the fresh start they deserve.”
Barnardo’s will be working in collaboration with The Highland Council and Renfrewshire Council to place young care leavers in the new accommodation.