Stuart will be one of 12 board members assisting LandAid in achieving their goal to put an end to youth homelessness, specifically in the North West of England where rising rents in Liverpool and Manchester have forced some young people onto the streets.
Commenting on his appointment, Stuart said: “As someone raised in Manchester who has extensive experience of the North West property market, I believe I can bring the Board a different perspective on the social issues that have arisen as our region has developed. In Manchester alone, I’ve seen a vast change in the city, not only from a development and affordability perspective but from the sheer number of rough sleepers now on the city’s streets.”
Every year, 86,000 young people across the UK do not have a safe place to call home
Every year, 86,000 young people across the UK do not have a safe place to call home. LandAid brings together people and companies across the property and construction industry to provide safe and supportive housing for these vulnerable young people.
Stuart continued: “As a father, LandAid’s work is very important to me; I can’t imagine my own child ever being placed in a situation where he didn’t have a home to go to. After attending LandAid’s annual dinner last year and hearing stories from homeless children, I knew I wanted to do something to support this cause and use my expertise to deliver real benefits and positive outcomes for young people in the region.”
Lynda Shillaw, Group Property Director for Town Centre Securities PLC and Chair of the LandAid North West Board, said: “Stuart’s experience of the North West and passion for the work we do will be invaluable to the Board as we look to work closely with local authorities and businesses across the region to raise awareness of youth homelessness and raise LandAid’s profile, as well as valuable funds to create new, safe homes for the children sleeping rough on our streets.”
Stuart’s work with LandAid is part of Faithful+Gould’s wider commitment to create more social value through its work with cities and communities. This includes a recent partnership with Steel Warriors, an anti-knife crime organisation, to help reduce the number of young people carrying knives in the UK.