Hostel To Home: How Ian Williams Is Helping To Transform Young Lives

Ian Williams is involved in a partnership with local youth homelessness charity, 1625 Independent People (1625ip) to transform a local hostel that is desperately in need of a facelift. The charity, which has several properties in the region near Ian Williams’ head office in Chipping Sodbury, helps young people find a safe space to live while they build a positive future for themselves.

The Ian Williams Foundation is undertaking a complete facelift of the local hostel called Southwold House, offering the skills and materials needed to complete the project in time for Christmas.

Putting Down Paint Brushes And Putting On Running Shoes

In addition to the refurbishment project, the Ian Williams’ team will be donning their running shoes on Saturday 19th October for a fun run to raise money for the charity. In the spirit of the teamwork underpinning the partnership between Ian Williams and 1625ip, everyone will run the 5km route together.

Lucy Pearson from Ian Williams comments: “As a business, we are very invested in having a positive impact on the community, from being energy conscious to running an academy to help upskill young people. So the partnership with 1625ip is an obvious one. We are due to start work on Southwold House shortly with the project seeing us provide a space to study, a fantastic new kitchen where the young people can learn to cook, and proper spaces to relax in. Due to be finished in time for Christmas, the refurbishment is a total team effort, but we wanted Ian Williams employees who aren’t skilled for example, in carpentry or painting to also have an opportunity to contribute to this amazing cause that is changing lives in our community.”


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