There's light at the end of the 'Yellow Brick Road'

Sovereign Housing Association has led the way in providing £2,500 of vital funding to help support one of its local charity partners, Yellow Brick Road Projects (YBRP), based in Basingstoke, Hampshire.   

YBRP supports people of any age to move into a place of their own, by delivering workshops that teach ‘tenancy management’ including ways to budget, set up direct debits, find work or better work and other similar skills – to help people manage their own home in the future.

The course is vital for those who might otherwise find themselves knocked off the housing register, for not being considered ‘housing ready’.

Siobhan Down, Chief Executive at YBRP said: “When the Covid-19 lockdown hit we found ourselves under pressure. We weren’t sure how we could continue to provide a face to face service on our courses and with the majority of our work commissioned through social housing providers and councils, we weren’t even sure whether we’d be able to continue at all.”

Fortunately, Yellow Brick Road Projects spoke about their worries to Sovereign’s Lettings and Communities teams.

Ian Patterson, Housing Services Manager, Sovereign said: “The advance funding we were able to offer in partnership with VIVID and Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group, has been vital for YBRP, and we’re delighted that our approach has also won approval from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.

“This advance has given the charity a lifeline so they can design a service for the future, remain in business and help residents to learn life skills and build housing aspirations for the future.”

Ms Down concluded: “The funding that we were awarded for this service from our three partner housing associations has allowed us to continue working with young people, who might otherwise remain without a permanent home, but also has given us the capacity to design a service that we had previously only talked about. We are very grateful that this unique and innovative collaboration has given us the ability to keep our service open, despite our doors being closed."