Cospa-London Youth project featured on Channel 4 and awarded Big Lottery Fund grant

Monday 18th March 2013

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A ground-breaking community regeneration project, co-developed by Cospa together with London Youth, has been featured in the new Channel 4 series The Secret Millions and awarded a £1.7million grant by the Big Lottery Fund.

The Secret Millions series involves the Big Lottery Fund joining forces with Channel 4 to highlight and support radical new ideas to tackle some of Britain’s biggest issues.

The project co-created by Cospa featured in the first episode of the series (screened on Sunday 17th March) and involves teams of unemployed young people and older tradespeople working together to repair and refurbish empty, derelict homes that can then be returned to use as social housing for families in need.

In the process, the young people learn new vocational trade skills, and gain an entry-level building and construction skills qualification, while the older tradespeople improve their own employment prospects by developing new work mentoring and assessment skills.

The project has been developed by London Youth and Cospa in partnership with Lambeth Council, Community Trust Housing and Lambeth College, and is also being championed by architect, TV presenter and empty homes ‘campaigner’ George Clarke.

The project commenced with a successful one-property pilot in Brixton that took place at the end of last year.

The Big Lottery Fund grant will now enable London Youth and Cospa to extend the project to up to 40 empty properties and 1,500 young people throughout Lambeth over the next two years.

More information on the project and the Channel 4 programme can be found on the London Youth website.

Also, the programme itself can be viewed for the next 30 days on 4oD: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-secret-millions/4od