New house gives hope to students

A derelict house has been brought back to life by dedicated construction students.

The dwelling in Maltby, Rotherham, was transformed into two flats by apprentices from the Rotherham College of Arts and Technology – who will now live in the home they helped to create.

The flats, located on Alexandra Street, were unveiled in a special ceremony last week.

And the project, part of the HOPE strategy created by the college, Rotherham Council and charity Action Housing and Support is also set to continue helping people in the future.

The house was the first-ever to be transformed as part of the strategy.

Rotherham MP Sarah Champion, who presented the apprentices with certificates after the homes were unveiled, told them: “I am hugely proud to be here today.

“I think that this is typical in Rotherham.

“All of you, I know you have had challenges you have had to overcome. You are role models to all of us.

“I am really proud to be part of this.”

Rotherham Council donated two houses in Maltby to Action Housing and Support, which works with vulnerable individuals to provide them with support, accommodation, advice and related services.

Another house in the area will also be transformed by students for ex-offenders to live in following their release from prison.

The project gives apprentices the chance to experience on-the-job training rather than only that of college courses and workshops.

Gwilym Griffith, chairman of the board of trustees at Action Housing and Support, officially opened the new home.

It was followed by a networking lunch at the college’s Wharncliffe training restaurant in Rotherham town centre where Ms Champion then presented the certificates.

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