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Mindset Shift: Profiting While Making Real Change with Carole Neales and Andrew Powell

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In this special episode, property investing expert Carole Neales takes over the Progressive Property podcast to interview Andrew Powell, Director of the veterans’ charity Healthier Heroes. Hear the moving story of Andrew's difficult childhood, military career, and mental health struggles that led him to create safe housing for vulnerable veterans. They talk about the shocking realities of social housing shortages and homelessness amongst veterans and other groups. Carole and Andrew also reveal the ways property investors can make money while making a massive difference through social impact investing.


  • Childhood adversity led Andrew to join the military, which he loved, but he still struggled mentally
  • After Afghanistan, marital and family breakdowns caused a crisis for Andrew including alcohol, drugs, crime and then suicide attempts
  • Andrew’s first call for help was rejected, showing Andrew that only he could save himself
  • He created education projects and armed forces housing services to help people from similar backgrounds
  • Andrew’s mission was to provide 24/7 supported housing for vulnerable veterans and it led to him creating Bancroft House
  • Funding repairs and staff is one of the biggest barriers, heating alone costs £40k annually
  • The move-on process to independent living for many is hindered by a lack of available housing stock
  • Investors can fund buildings and houses, they can make donations that make a massive social impact and business sense too


"I was homeless at the age of 14, never finished school. So the only thing for me to do to, to escape and try and find a real family unit and connection was to join the military."

"When I picked that phone up and spoke to somebody, I was actually told that was too complex for the service. And to take myself to A&E. And I was wished all the best, and the phone was put down on me."

"If they were willing to buy the property, do it up, and then wait for their return on investment, so then becomes a longer game, that would work."

"Because it's not just veterans who are struggling. Homelessness, it's vast."

"If we can make it work on that rate...then we're fine."


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Kevin McDonnell is a Speaker, Author, Mentor & Professional Property Investor. He is an expert when it comes to creative property investment strategies. His book No Money Down: Property Invest talks about how to control and cash flow other people’s property to create financial freedom.  







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