Gateshead project is latest success for Changing Lives charity

Growing North East charity Changing Lives - formerly the Cyrenians - has completed a property refurbishment in Gateshead through the Government’s Empty Homes Grants Programme

Stephen Bell from the Cyrenians Newcastle
Stephen Bell of Changing Lives

Growing North East charity Changing Lives - formerly the Cyrenians - has completed a property refurbishment in Gateshead through the Government’s Empty Homes Grants Programme.

The charity’s Homelife team will now set about selecting tenants, prioritsing those who have been homeless or experienced associated problems.

The scheme tackles long-term empty properties, bringing them back in to use to provide affordable homes. It also provides ongoing employment, training, volunteering and apprenticeship opportunities for other Changing Lives’ clients through the charity’s subsidiary, TCUK Property Services.

After a year of major change and expansion, Changing Lives is now on track to report turnover of £12m. Through Homelife property, it wants to renovate 50 properties across Tyne and Wear, Durham and Northumberland by 2015.

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