A college has teamed up with housing provider 1625 Independent People to solve issues for local young people.

Students on Building and Construction Courses at Filton College will take on repair jobs in the charity’s properties.

Groups of four or five students and their tutor will take on repair and maintenance jobs as part of their course.

Also young people housed by Independent People will do up their properties as part of an introduction to the construction course.

Independent People support 16-25 year olds who are homeless by providing housing, support and advice.

The charity and college are in also talks with local authorities and housing associations with a view to renovating empty properties to house homeless people.

Chief executive Dom Wood said: “This partnership is a brilliant opportunity to help turn a raft of problems into positive outcomes for young people.”

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