Quotes from Young people on the project
The House Project has given me the opportunity to better my life by giving me a lot of 1-1 support with everything from getting my first home and feeling comfortable in the house to supporting me with things like EET, money management and overcoming personal struggles that have popped up along the way
The House Project has given me a sense of family, support and friendship that I never got from foster care. They also give you the freedom to explore and experience life to your full potential
Peter's Story - My journey in the house project
Before the house project I went through an assessment home and a ‘move-on home’ both of those places weren’t real homes; a place to call my own, where I could decorate or have my own space. But through the house project I’ve been able to achieve that and much more.
My journey started when one of the facilitators approached me about the house project. After a few meetings and many discussions about the project I was invited for an interview and was chosen to be a part of the first house project in Oxfordshire. An amazing opportunity that has helped me grow as a person and gain valuable skills that I will use later in life!. I learned a few of these skills on the house project residential at which me and 7 other house project members worked together to build shelters, fires and did team building activities as well as a bit of football which resulted in a window being broken and a lot of laughs being had.
Other skills were also learned in our weekly meetings. In a couple of our meetings we painted canvases for our own rooms and one for the group room. In many of these meetings we discussed different challenges we might face in a shared house. E.g, what goes in which bin and what day it goes out, your tenancy rights and what you need for your room.
The House Project has not been without its problems but with the support and advice of others in the same position as you, as well as the life experience of the facilitators, it makes it one of the best opportunities for levers of care within Oxfordshire.
Now with the House Project continuing with another cohort, the previous cohort will provide experience and advice for a new generation of care leavers and inspire and inform them about this great project. A project that has helped every member transition from the very ‘sheltered’ w care system into functioning adult with goals and aspiration they might have thought impossible while in care.
Young person's voice is at the heart of all decision making
Their collective views and ideas drive the development of all house projects through a platform called Care Leavers National Movement. They meet on a regular basis to share good practice, talk about and find solutions to any challenges they are facing and to suggest new ways of doing things. They work hard, have fun and their views make a real difference to how young people leave care and move to independence.
A housing project for young people who have been in care in West Sussex has been given the green light by West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet on 22nd January 2021.Read more
When I last wrote in July, I was ever hopeful that over the intervening six months we would have moved on from lockdown and would now be emerging into what people commonly refer to as the ‘new normal’. Clearly, we remain in a similar situation albeit with the optimism provided by vaccination, but I suggest that we should resist the language of ‘new normal’.Read more