To utilise the Trust’s assets to nurture potential and develop skills amongst young people in Bradford.
Good Practice Example: Bradford Youth Build, included in BMDC Housing Strategy
Bradford Youth Build, a successful example of social providers collaborating with the council, was developed in the year 2000 by a desire to bring empty homes back into social housing. Bradford Youthbuild Trust was set up from an idea by two local social housing providers, Accent and Manningham Housing, and the council to offer disadvantaged young people a chance to gain construction experience on site whilst empty properties were being refurbished. The Council and BYBT established a programme of purchase, repair and social letting linked to training. The Bradford Youth Build Trust became a local entity with high ambitions to improve skills amongst local youth. Youth Build activities are funded by income generated from its property portfolio in Bradford which stands at 22 properties owned and managed by the Trust. These provide accommodation for tenants at affordable rents. A construction training centre is also leased to a local college. The Trust’s programme includes buying, renovating and letting homes in the District and to provide general building opportunities for young people during the refurbishment stage.