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Buy a Brick Appeal

Young people who have been in care have a 50/50 chance of becoming homeless.

Leaving care is a huge milestone in a young person's life, with the average age being between 16-18 years old. Without suitable accommodation or a support network, it can be extremely challenging for care leavers to obtain employment, education or training. Lack of life skills and resilience can create issues with budgeting, paying bills, resulting in rent arrears and possibly eviction.

Barnardo's has developed an innovative solution to tackle this issue: Gap Homes!

By donating to our Gap Homes Appeal below, you can contribute to the building of these houses and help build life's foundations for care leavers with us:

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You can choose a donation of your choice over £20 and to thank you for your generosity and support we will:

•£20-£100: Acknowledge your donation with your name on a virtual brick displayed on a virtual wall on our website.

•£100-£500: The above plus we will send you a thank you information pack including a case study on one of the young people who will move into the home and receive wider Barnardo’s support after the first home is built.

•Over £500: All the above, plus we can provide you with the Gap Homes logo and accompanying text to display on your social media channels & website if required. You will also be invited to a site visit of the first Gap Home.

Once you've bought your virtual brick, a member of the Fundraising Team will be in touch to confirm what name or message for the young people (limited to 40 characters) you would like displayed.

For any queries, please contact Jordyn Armstrong, Event Manager by email on jordyn.armstrong@barnardos.org.uk or phone 0131 446 7021.

About the Gap Homes Capital Appeal

Based on over 20 years of experience supporting care leavers, we are building Gap Homes - purpose built houses for young people leaving care, linked to accessible, consistent "wraparound" support from nearby Barnardo's services. These self-contained homes will be available to care leavers for a period of up to two years, where they will receive support for independent living skills such as cooking and budgeting while buidling their confidence, resilience and support network. Our skilled staff will work with young people to enable access to further education, training or paid employment; all while living in a safe home.

Our Gap Homes pilot is an exciting, innovative and long-term response that will support this incredibly vulnerable group of young people to develop the skills to succeed in reaching independence as adults. Each home we build will continue to support young people long into the future.

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