Amber Foundation Surrey

Completed: 2023
Location: Woking, Surrey
Region: South East
Other local partners: Shanly Homes

About the project

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

We will be clearing a large piece of overgrown land and jetwashing their paved area to create a more useable outdoor area. This will also make way for more outdoor learning spaces, where we will be replacing 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.

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

“Whenever new [VIY] opportunities come up, the young people jump at the chance because they know how valuable it will be.” Sarah Johnson, Operations Manager, Amber Foundation
"A great opportunity to learn new skills, that otherwise would not be offered to us. I have mental health issues that are preventing me from looking for work, on top of bidding for housing to move into, and my experience with VIY has been one of the best opportunities that I have taken on." Vanessa, Amber Volunteer in Devon across two projects gaining three accreditations