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Oxford homes renovated to support vulnerable local people 

Bouygues Energies & Services once again joined forces with Oxford-based charity Aspire to refurbish two properties in order to empower those facing homelessness, poverty and disadvantage. 

We partnered with the Council to install street lighting across Oxford and has a long-term partnership with John Radcliffe Hospital, providing facilities management. Members of both the Street Lighting team and the John Radcliffe team took part in the initiative.

With the help of funding from the Ministry of Housing, the partnership refurbished two previously unused blocks of housing in Oxford’s Becket Street. The volunteers cleaned and repainted the houses, improved the gardens and carried out electrical works to get them ready for the new residents. 

These works mean the homes are now ready to be used in time for the colder weather, with one block allocated as winter shelter. The second block will be a women's only project, which is sorely needed in Oxford as women are currently poorly served when it comes to dedicated housing support.

The team involved outside the house they helped refurbish
The team involved outside the property they helped to refurbish

Oxfordshire's housing situation is the single biggest issue that the county faces. Aspire has been tackling the most complex social issues in Oxfordshire for over 18 years, supporting vulnerable local people into and towards employment and housing. 

Tim Grier, Director of Transport and Local Government at Bouygues Energies & Services, commented: “Our partnership with Aspire Oxford is going from strength to strength, and we are proud to continue  supporting disadvantaged people in Oxfordshire by assisting in the transformation of these houses into ready-to-occupy accommodation to support those in urgent need this winter.”

Aspire Chief Executive Officer, Paul Roberts, commented: “Aspire is delighted to have been able to work with members of the Bouygues Energies & Services team to bring our new supported properties in central Oxford online. Having such a dedicated group of volunteers on board has meant that the work has progressed at pace, and we are practically ready to open the houses. This support has also provided existing residents with opportunities to get involved, and this has been hugely motivational for them."  

Peter Galley, Bouygues Energies & Services’ Contract Director at John Radcliffe Hospital said: “We were delighted to be able to work with Aspire to provide volunteers to support another project and look forward to continuing to work with the team from Aspire in the future.”

Emily Clayton, Aspire Oxford’s Recruitment Lead said, “Aspire Oxford are very grateful to employers like Bouygues, who go that extra mile to build successful partnership work. We look forward to continuing our work with Bouygues and supporting more successful placements.”  

 

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