High hopes for Futureworks property 

A VERY special house has come onto the property market in Scarborough. 

The three-bed terraced house on Hope Street has not only been done up to a high specification, but helped forge young people’s careers in the process. 

In the 14-week turnaround of this property, around 20 learners plus volunteers and staff have worked tirelessly to create a beautiful home. 

During the process, many young people have gained a Level 1 City and Guilds Qualification in Basic Construction and Health and Safety, as well as having the opportunity to apply for a CSCS card, too. 

The brains behind the operation is Futureworks, a non-profit social enterprise training provider, headed up by Sarah Thornton and Michelle Padron-Kitching.

They run 12-week training programmes in a lottery-funded workshop where young people aged 14-25 can gain new skills and qualifications. 

The whole team celebrated with an open house morning where all involved, including students, volunteers, staff, family and friends all got to take a look around the finished project. Director Sarah Thornton said: “We had lots of visitors, teas and coffee and cake and invited family and friends down - it was lovely just to see it all finished.” 

This was the first house Futureworks has acquired for renovation in seven years of business: “It’s the first renovation that we’ve done. It was always an idea we had in the long term, we’ve had to build up to it, because we couldn’t just borrow the money straight away to do it.” 

Business Enterprise Fund provided the loan that enabled Futureworks to purchase the property for renovation. 

The project has seen support from some great local trades businesses, too: “B&Q have been really supportive, they donated a bathroom suite. We’ve had Crown Decorators who donated wallpaper and paint. Boyes have done us a really good deal with the carpets and the carpet fitter showed some of the lads how to fit a carpet, so skills have been shared. C.K. Roofing and Building did a really good job of the damp course and Jewson donated some kitchen worktops.”

As with all renovations, there were highs and lows. "Because we had to fit a damp course (in the house), we had to take it back to the brick, it was a building site for a really long time but when we started to put it back together and put in the wallpaper, it completely changed the look and we could see the end of it. That was a high point, getting the paint out and the kitchen going in. It was a really good effort by everyone involved, the staff and the learners.”

All going well, there will be many more great projects like this to come: “We really hope it sells soon, so that we can do it all again” Sarah added. 

The next 12 week programme starts in March, if you have questions about enrolling or would like to get involved as a volunteer, email info@futureworksny.co.uk or call 01723 449616. 

If you’re interested in arranging a viewing for the three-bedroom family terraced house on Hope Street, priced at £112,000, call Colin Ellis Estate Agents on 01723 365565.