Hostel to Home – the completed refurbishment of Southwold House is ‘the best Christmas present ever’


Last week, employees from Ian Williams, joined youth homelessness charity 1625 independent people representatives and young people, local Government, regional media and a host of suppliers to celebrate the official launch of Southwold House in Yate, South Gloucestershire. The Christmas-themed opening marked the successful conclusion of a top-to-tail refurbishment of the hostel undertaken by Ian Williams with generous support from their suppliers, at no cost to the charity.

The story so far..
A year ago 1625ip took on a tired looking hostel in desperate need of a facelift and they wanted to create a welcoming and homely environment for the young people. The Ian Williams charitable Foundation were looking to get involved in a big community project that could really make a difference to people's lives and as a business, Ian Williams works in 1000s of homes and communities across the UK every year, so knew we could offer expertise, a highly skilled delivery team, project management and the support of a large supplier network to a charitable initiative. Supporting 1625ip with the refurbishment of Southwold House made total sense and it has been a total privilege to work with the charity to make this happen, and we're so proud to have created an attractive environment for living, learning and relaxing.


There wasn't a dry eye in the room when Poppy, a young person at Southwold House said at last week's opening: ‘A big thank you to everyone at Ian Williams who helped to make Southwold House into a home. It is warm and welcoming especially now at Christmas time. Most of the young people are not here through choice so it means so much to us all to have a place that feels more like a home now.”





Tracie Roberts, Team Leader, Southwold House commented: “I want to say a massive thank you to the Ian Williams team for making the heart of Southwold House beat again. We all know how important a home is to us all, a young person is no different. You have helped to ensure their journey at Southwold House is a comfortable, homely, good experience which will in turn contribute to individuals feeling secure and settled, and for some, this may be the first time in their lives"









Dom Wood, Chief Executive at 1625ip praises the leadership and generosity of Ian Williams who led the refurbishment at no cost to the charity and says: "Tackling homelessness is about more than providing hostels – by supporting 1625ip Ian Williams have created space to study, a fantastic kitchen where young people can learn to cook, and proper spaces to relax and to be part of the community. What a great Christmas present for our young people to have a place that is now somewhere they can be proud of; from where they can rebuild their lives and create a successful future."

We'd like to thank all of our supply chain partners that helped with the project. It is something really brilliant; something that would have a long-lasting and positive impact on people's lives, and your contribution has made it possible.  Read the full story here or for more information about the Ian Williams Foundation, visit:
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