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Young people construct own homes

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The youngsters gained construction qualifications during the project

A group of young people have moved into flats in east London they helped build.

Seven people, aged 18-25, participated in the planning, design and building of the homes in Harold Hill, Havering.

As well as acquiring a range of skills and experience during the build the team studied at a local college to gain construction qualifications.

Havering Council leader Councillor Michael White said the project had given the participants a chance to learn valuable skills.

The project was a joint initiative between the council and Family Mosaic Housing Association in conjunction with the Community Self Build Agency.

Mr White said: "Building your own home can give anyone an enormous sense of achievement.

"The Self Build Agency has given these young people a fantastic opportunity to learn valuable skills, see their home take shape before their pride in their community."

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