Laying solid foundations for youngsters' futures
The homebuilder has donated another £25,000 to The Factory Youth Zone in the north of the city, taking the total amount it has gifted to the organisation to £100,000.
The latest sum will go towards the Harpurhey centre's Employability and Enterprise initiatives, which prepare young people to make a successful transition to work, education and training. This starts from the age of eight with The Factory Youth Zone’s Code Club through to working with teenagers on a variety of activities like interview practice, writing CVs and developing social skills.
Phil Ascott, development manager for the Youth Zone, said: “We are indebted to the continued support of Redrow.
“It costs £1.2 million per year to keep The Factory Youth Zone open so support like this is vital to the much-needed work we do.
“Redrow, through its charitable foundation, has donated £100,000 during the partnership. They have also been supportive in other ways, getting involved in our apprentices’ event last year, our ‘graduation’ ceremony and giving talks to some of our young members about careers in construction.
“It is a fantastic partnership and we hope one which will continue for the benefit of the many young people who come through our doors.”
The Factory is a place where young people aged eight to 18 (25 with additional needs) are supported to fulfil their potential and make positive choices so they can lead happy, healthy lives. Using sport and creative activities, Factory staff work closely with over 1,000 members each week to raise aspirations and give practical help.
Around 100 young people go through its Enterprise and Employability activities every year, with 80% of those who attended going on to get jobs or return to full-time education.
Active on several sites near to the centre, Redrow Homes (Lancashire) construction director Keith Collard and sales director Claire Jarvis dropped in to The Factory Youth Zone to meet the latest group of young people undertaking the Enterprise and Employability programme and to hear how they are getting on.
Keith said: “The Factory Youth Zone carries out amazing work for young people in Manchester and we’re very proud to be supporting it. It is fantastic to see the work it does and the help it provides for so many young people.
“Redrow doesn't just build houses. It builds homes. And home is not just the four walls in which we live, it is the community we live in, which is why, as a company, we are committed to supporting the areas in which we develop.”
Redrow has provided hundreds of new homes in Moston and Harpurhey on sites previously cleared of old housing stock. Named ‘Residential Scheme of the Year’ at the 2014 Insider North West Property Awards, the project continues apace with two, three and four-bedroom homes currently being built at Abbot and St John Gardens.
For details of Redrow homes in Moston and Harpurhey, visit www.redrow.co.uk
And for more information about the work The Factory Youth Zone does in the community, see www.thefactoryyz.org.
Established more than 40 years, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, with a £1billion turnover and building more than 4,000 homes in 2014/15 financial year.
Operating across England and Wales, there is a strong emphasis on providing high quality homes in prime locations and its housing ranges feature designs to suit all lifestyles:
• The Heritage Collection combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors.
• The classically styled Regent Collection features Georgian inspired street scenes and architecture.
• Redrow has also launched a new brand of contemporary homes in Abode, which boast open plan layouts with streamlined kitchen, dining and lounge areas, high specification wet rooms and outdoor living space.
Redrow also creates exclusive bespoke developments in both rural and urban locations. The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the Gold Award for Best Large Housebuilder at the What House? Awards 2015 and 2014, Best House Design at the Sunday Times British Home Awards 2015 and the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year. Its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence. Web: www.redrow.co.uk.