Pioneering housing scheme expands into another property

A project aimed at providing young people with a home and a fresh start in life has been expanded.

The Our House scheme run by West Oxfordshire District Council and Cottsway Housing Association has taken on a second property in Witney and now the search has started to find suitable tenants ahead of it being ready in June.

Applicants need to be under-35 and either looking for work or to improve on their existing job. They need to have a hardworking and conscientious outlook but just require a little help with affording to live in the local area. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to live in a shared house with communal facilities including living room, kitchen and garden. The project also works with an independent work coach who can support candidates by coaching and mentoring them into the career they want, back into education or just with a bit of life direction. This is their journey towards independence and employment but with a helping hand along the way.

Project Co-ordinator Sam Stronach said: “Our first property in Eastfield Road, Witney has been up and running for nine months and we have seen some positive results with our tenants. Two of them are now working and the other is in full-time education.

“We have worked on a broad variety of life-skills that applicants didn’t necessarily have when they moved in including managing a budget, being a good neighbour and confidence building. This has been a real learning curve for all involved. We are pleased with the initial outcomes and we hope to develop the project over the next 12 months.

“The people we are looking for may not have had the best start in life but we can help them to help themselves and build a better future.”

Anyone wishing to be considered for a place in the property should contact Sam on 01993 890000 or email

West Oxfordshire District Council
New Yatt Road
OX28 1PB