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Shipping containers transformation for the homeless

Charity organisation Help Bristol’s Homeless has allowed us to take a peek inside one of the old storage containers which its team helped to transform in Bedminster.


The company is determined in its mission to transform the lives of the homeless by providing housing for those sleeping rough, something which it points out is not an entitlement, ‘it is a right’.


Per the company website: “Unlike many homeless charities, our ethos is that housing must come first, and then everything else comes after.


“Many complex factors can lead to homelessness, and while it is true that these issues need to be resolved to keep people off the street, we believe that the priority must be to get people into safe, stable and comfortable accommodation.


“From there, we can help them to improve their own lives and reach their potential.”


These new container homes have been fitted with a kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom, and will be available as accomodation for someone who sleeps on the streets for an entire year.


By providing housing, it’s hoped this will allow those who are sleeping rough with the opportunity to find employment.


Property company Colliers International converted two of the containers in question, making it one of a number of Bristol businesses involved in the project, alongside EDF Energy, Barratt Homes and Balfour Beatty.


Speaking to Bristol Live, army veteran and restaurateur Jasper Thompson – who founded Help Bristol’s Homeless in 2017 – said: “Colliers has been fantastic. Without their help there would be two more people sleeping on the streets.


“We are so grateful to all of the businesses involved in this project, which are helping to improve the lives of rough sleepers.”


Jasper founded the organisation after discovering the increasing number of people sleeping rough in Bristol, before coming up with the idea of converting the containers into temporary housing.


Those who are assigned a home are referred following an assessment and are given ongoing support as part of the initiative. Jasper went on to state: “They are also given opportunities to develop skills by helping in the conversion of the containers into homes.”


Head of South West and Wales at Colliers International, Tim Davies, added: “Staff in the Bristol office have always rolled up their sleeves and got involved in Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.


“This ambitious project takes that to a new level, as by helping to transform former shipping containers into temporary homes Colliers staff will also be helping to transform the lives of homeless people in Bristol.”


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