When your project started
- The Oxfordshire House Project started on the 2nd of July 2018. We held a BBQ not long after to allow young people to meet PEERs and find out about what the House Project is as well as what it provides. Our first cohort was established by November 2018 and in March 2019 we gained our first property in which 3 young people moved in to.
How it will/has helped young people
- The Oxfordshire House Project provides information and guidance around independent living, ensuring consistent support and guidance, building relationships of trust and supporting group members with building confidence and knowledge. We offer an independent tenancy and group sessions to identify and develop the skills needed for independence. The group sessions allow friendships to be formed and a family of support.
How many young people have been through Oxfordshire House Project?
- As of May 2022, we have had a total of 35 young people go through the process of the House Project. The process includes an induction which last 3 and 6 months which involved acquiring further knowledge about life skills and building a strong relationship with peers and staff.
Shauna Kent, Oxfordshire County Council Social Worker:
The House Project is an amazing project aimed at 16/17-year olds. They work really hard to support young people who are looked after into independent living by completing an inclusive, holistic 6-month programme which covers everything someone needs to know before moving into their own home. The staff at the project go above and beyond for the young people involved and I highly recommend.
What do young people think?
NHP supports young people leaving care with white goods to ease the financial burden as they move into their first home. Leaving care and moving into your first home is a significant milestone for young people but this journey towards independent living is fraught with challenges. For care leavers, the dream of having their own place can quickly turn into a daunting reality when they realise that many everyday essentials, like new fridges and washing machines, remain out of reach due to financial constraints. NHP recognises that having these appliances isn't a luxury but a necessity for building a stable, comfortable home.Read more
On Sunday 12th November, over 40 runners ran the Alton Towers Half Marathon to raise monies for the 'Care Leavers: Kitchen Comfort' campaign. Despite the pouring rain the runners completed the course to support young people, raising over £9000. Two young people, Kieran and Paris, who had been supported by NHP ran in support of their community of care leavers and were delighted to have run their first half marathon.Read more
On Thursday 19 October the House Project community of young people, colleagues and partners from across the UK came together for the annual Care Leavers National Movement (CLNM) Conference, ‘Sense of Wellbeing’; hosted at the Mercure Hotel in Manchester. The day celebrated young people and projects, with a focus on Wellbeing and how this links to relationships and community, both of which are fundamental in the House Project approach.Read more