2016 marked the 70th anniversary of the first Andrews estate agents. Celebrating this milestone Andrews and their owner, Andrews Charitable Trust (ACT), embarked upon an ambitious, innovative and enduring social housing project, My First Base (MFB). Working with different charitable partners MFB will provide housing for vulnerable young people who struggle to find accommodation, and need support to live independently.
Andrews’ staff were challenged to raise £70,000 during their anniversary year, with funds going towards kick-starting the MFB project. The fundraising initiative was called Project70, and drew upon Andrews’ unique heritage and values. Over 700 staff got involved by organising their own local and personal initiatives, supported by internal fundraising committees and marketing resource.
MFB now have their first property in Bristol, which is being refurbished with the £70,000. A charitable partnership with 1625 Independent People has also been set-up to manage the house and support the young people with their tenancies, education and training. The first 3 young people move in during April 2017.
The MFB initiative aims to acquire one property a year for the next 50 years, across the Andrews branch network, providing an enduring social legacy that Andrews’ founder Cecil-Jackson Cole could be proud of.