Amber Foundation Surrey

19 October 2023

This will be our fourth renovation project with Amber Foundation to-date, and our second at Amber Foundation Surrey – a wonderful charity who support young people at risk of homelessness.

Our partnership with Amber is a win-win for spaces and skills – not only have we renovated parts of the buildings young people live in temporarily to help them rebuild healthier lives across three of their sites, those same young people also volunteer with us on other external community projects to gain skills, experience and confidence. Helping young people like Vanessa to build a brighter future.

  • 50+ young people volunteering with Amber across 20+ VIY projects
  • 3 of 4 Amber residential centres renovated by VIY
  • Multiple City & Guilds accreditations gained by Amber volunteers on one or more projects

The project

This is also our first project in partnership with Shanly Homes, a large homebuilder in the South East and the Shanly Foundation, who are looking to have a positive impact on young people and their local communities in which they operate.

Phase 1 – November 2023

19 young people, all residents supported by Amber in Surrey, cleared a large piece of overgrown land and jetwashed their paved area to create a more useable outdoor area. This has made way for more outdoor learning spaces, where we replaced old, dishevelled structures with new and converting some disused outdoor buildings into brand new health, wellbeing and therapy spaces, including an external glow-up to make them more inviting and homely. All with the help of our VIY Trade Mentors.

See Phase 1 here

Phase 2 – Spring 2024

We will then be repairing and replacing roofing in their stables, to enable us to create a whole new usable room, by boarding out and redecorating, for the team to use for further learning and training for the young people supported by Amber.

Take a look at some of our impact so far with Amber Foundation:

Boosting wellbeing at Trowbridge

Creating inspiring spaces in Devon

Success story: helping Angel take his next steps

Amber residents repeat volunteering with VIY

The Boileroom

29 December 2022

Woodford Rugby Club

29 December 2022

Stockwood Park Rugby Club

29 December 2022

Staines Rugby Club

29 December 2022

Kent Phoenix American Football Club

14 January 2022

Sele Farm

14 January 2022

Fareham Heathens Rugby Club

14 January 2022

Thanet Wanderers

14 January 2022

Admiral Lord Nelson School

9 April 2020

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