The Oxfordshire House Project started in 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.
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.
We have had a total of 9 young people go through the process of the House Project Cohort 1. The process included a 6-month induction which involved acquiring further knowledge about life skills and building a strong relationship with peers and staff. All of these young people have been in their properties for a maximum of 8 months and a minimum of 3 months.
Cohort 2 has another 9 young people, who have begun the House Project Programme, none of whom have moved into their houses yet.
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.
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