We are using a three bedroom property in Wigan to provide essential housing to Ukrainian refugees as part of the UK government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme.
This property will be used to house a family fleeing the war in Ukraine. Not only are we providing a safe, long-term home to the family, we will also be helping them to settle into their new home, supporting them to find employment and assisting children with education via our network of volunteers and partnerships with local charities.
This terraced property comprises of three double bedrooms, an entrance vestibule, two reception rooms, kitchen and downstairs bathroom. At the rear of the property there is a two-tiered paved yard.
Ideally located in the popular residential area of Springfield, the location allows easy access to the town centre, with Wigan Wallgate Station and Wigan North Western Station being 0.6 miles and 0.7 miles away respectively.
Decorating & furnishing
KeyStone handled the decoration of the property end-to-end including getting new painting for the walls, new curtains and blinds.
Douglas Valley and Rotary collaborated to provide furnishings including tables and chairs, crockery, a vase, pictures, a plant pot and cabinets.
The property required a brand new fitted kitchen, as well as substantial electrical work as the Council deemed that the original kitchen was in “poor condition”, and the property failed its electrical safety check.
Our team of in-house builders worked diligently over 3 days to ensure the kitchen council requirements. This included:
- Installing new kitchen units and appliances
- Replacing the existing worktop
- Installing new flooring
Electrical Safety Improvements
The condition of electrical accessories and wiring throughout the property needed updating. We contacted a local electrician to resolve the issues from the original EICR, and this was completed in less than one week.
Partnership in Action
Bringing this project to completion to house the family was a collaboration between KeyStone, Wigan Council, Douglas Valley and Rotary.
From start to finish, the entire project lasted only 3 months and this represents the blueprint that we will adopt to supply further housing to Wigan Council to continue to house those in need.