The Lottery-funded Community Legacy Project supports people from a wide range of backgrounds to improve their health and wellbeing, build confidence, learn new skills, achieve qualifications, and make positive life improvements through the renovation of empty properties in our local communities.
During early 2021, the Cii purchased a 3-bed semi-detached property in the Bonymaen region of Swansea at a Paul Fosh property auction. The property had been empty for a number of years, had been partly renovated, then left, and had therefore fallen into a state of disrepair. The property was completely unhabitable and was unfortunately causing anti-social issues on the street.
From March to August 2021, we supported 20 people local to the area, to build their confidence and self-esteem and learn new skills through the property regeneration activities. The participants ranged in age from 16 to 65 and had varying backgrounds and challenging life circumstances. Some were homeless, had drug dependency issues, were illiterate, and came from jobless households – however, they all had similar reasons for joining the project, to build their confidence, meet new people, establish work routines and access support aligned to their learning needs.
We were supported by a wide range of local, regional and national partners and organisations during the lifecycle of the project. Project referrals were received from organisations such JCP Swansea, Swansea Youth Justice Service, The Wallich, Communitie4Work, Gowerton School and Inspire Training.
We also received project support from the Welsh Government, who provided support through their NEST Scheme; Acorn Recruitment who supported the employment journey of our participants; and TSW Training who supported our participants to achieve accredited qualifications.
We also engaged with organisations such as the Carers Trust, JCP and CAB to provide ongoing wellbeing support.
During the 6-month project timescale, project participants were supported to learn a wide range of soft skills, as well as practical trade and employment skills.
Soft skill development aligned to the project activities included communication skills, confidence, problem solving, timekeeping and personal presentation. Whilst a wide range of construction skills were taught, including plastering, tiling, carpentry, painting & decorating, kitchen/bathroom fitting and everything else associated with a renovation.
They were also able to achieve the CITB Health & Safety Awareness training and were supported to pass the CSCS test.
The project was completed within 6 months and the property was sold and returned to the housing market. The before and after comparisons were stark and greatly improved the ‘feel’ of the street.
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