At 18, Jake was sleeping on a friend’s sofa in Bristol. Without a home, he couldn’t finish his A levels or go on to study business at university. Then he found Future Builders, a project offering affordable housing for young people in employment.
With the help of our delivery partner 1625ip, Jake got a place to live at under £50 per week, as well as access to mentoring, support with budgeting, and a bursary to pay for exam resits. Just having the space to talk and be listened to, without judgement, was also vital.
With a stable and affordable home, Jake passed his exams, got into university, and moved into student accommodation. Before he left Bristol, he spoke at 1625ip’s conference, inspiring attendees with how Future Builders had helped him. He’s doing well in his studies and plans to start his own business when he graduates.