Work has begun on the Stirling Project, Plymouth’s new veterans self-build scheme. The project, based on the site of a former residential care home, will see eight previously homeless veterans involved in the construction of 25 self-contained affordable homes to rent. The Stirling Project has been made possible through a partnership between Plymouth City Council, housing association LiveWest and veterans’ charity Alabaré, who in 2019 merged with the Community Self Build Agency.
Taking inspiration from the successful Nelson Project, 12 of the new homes will be built, and lived in, by former service personnel who have been previously homeless or are in need of housing. During the course of the build, the veterans will earn construction qualifications and skills which will help them gain employment once the project is complete.
Alabaré specialises in providing support to the veterans throughout the project to help them rebuild their self-esteem, mental health and wellbeing, enabling them to live successful, independent civilian lives in the new homes they have built. The support provided by Alabaré has been funded thanks to a grant from Plymouth City Council.
Adrian, a veteran who has joined the Stirling House Alabaré Veterans Self-Build team, said: “This is a unique opportunity for me to learn new skills and to have a fresh start and to seek new challenges ahead.”
Councillor Vivien Pengelly, Cabinet member for Home and Communities, added: “We are so proud to be able to support the Stirling Project, Plymouth’s second veteran’s self-build project. Plymouth is a service city and we owe so much of the character and vibrancy that we have in the city to the many former and serving military personnel who live here, which is why it’s so important we deliver to help those who have served their country through projects such as these. I look forward to watching the project and individual veterans go from strength to strength as the project progresses.”
Image courtesy LiveWest.