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 Local House Project Newsletter
 October 2022

Images above: CLNM Sharing Success Event - Manchester Mercure - 20th October 2022
Hello House Project Community,

What a busy few weeks we have all had, rounded off by a very inspirational CLNM Sharing Success event in October at the Mercure in Manchester. All your stalls were fantastic and it was great to hear and see the amazing work and achievements in your House Projects. It was really great to see House Projects mingling and young people from different House Projects sharing stories. It was clear to see the true sense of community which you all play a huge part in. 

Since the last newsletter the community has continued to grow with new cohorts starting and young people graduating and moving into their forever homes. Manchester & Trafford, Stockport & Tameside and Bury, Rochdale & Oldham have all had their launch events too! 

Various learning workshops have also occurred with most staff now having met Alex Priver from Thempra who delivered Relationship Based Practice (Social Pedagogy). Feedback from this workshop has been very positive and we will be speaking with Thempra to see how we can develop the Social Pedagogy offer further. 

As usually mentioned if you have anything you wish to share or celebrate across the community which you would like to be included in this newsletter then please get in touch. 

See you all soon Sam, Kelly, Becky, Rosie and Bernardo. 
 
STAF Evaluation and Webinar
On 6th September, Fife, Midlothian and East Dunbartonshire staff and young people joined NHP at STAF (Scottish Through and Aftercare Forum) in Glasgow to celebrate the findings from their study of House Projects in Scotland. The study looked at the three House Projects and included views from young people, LHP teams and wider corporate parents. Findings focused upon the relationships built within LHP’s, support from the wider system and the role LHP staff play in the success of the House Project. The study concluded by stating that the findings suggest that if the House Project was rolled out across Scotland on a national level the outcomes would be replicated. We are very proud of what the House Projects in Scotland have achieved and are looking forward to joining them to share this with other interested authorities across Scotland at a webinar on 2nd November!
Aspirational Awards

The second window for applications for an Aspirational Award are now open and is due to close on the 3rd November 2022. 

Young people who have moved into their own home are eligible to apply. Applications should be something that the young person has always wanted to do, something they have dreamt about. If it's starting a business, then business mentoring is also offered by our friends at Reconomy. 

All applications will be considered at a panel meeting in November. Please click on the link below for more details and the application form.

Find out more and apply
Care Leavers as Energy Champions
Many of you are well into working towards a City & Guilds qualification in Energy Awareness. Good Luck with revision and subsequent exams. The NHP team are here for support and will share their learning as they go along too.

Next steps are for LHP's to identify a two young people and a staff member who is going to do the Level 2 qualification. This could be from a previous or current cohort. This qualification will be completed in a day at a regional event likely to be in the New Year.  
Please send confirmed names to sam@thehouseproject.org
Energy Projects Plus are delivering a workshop around the energy price cap, the £400 energy allowance and any new recent government support programs. The online workshop is on 2nd November at 10:00am - a calendar invite has been sent to you.
easyHotel Discount for Local House Projects
easyHotel have offered LHPs discount on business and personal bookings! 

Individual reservations for work or personal travel can be booked via the website at https://www.easyhotel.com/. The discounted rate will be 12% off the best available rate for the dates being booked. The following Promo Code will need to be applied when making a search CORP12. This is applied in the ‘Have a Promo Code?’ section.
More Emergency Pre-payment Fuel Vouchers Available
The National House Project has received further funding to help young people in House Projects with the increase in cost of living and rising energy bills.
These fuel vouchers are to a value of £28 each and are obtainable for PayPoint or post office systems. The vouchers are sent out via email or text. To request a voucher please complete the very short form by clicking on the box below. 

Please consider these vouchers for all your young people in their own tenancies so that they are not having to make difficult choices in regards to heating their home.  
Apply here
By Mid November, a new fuel voucher option called 'Clever Cards' will be available. This means those young people paying for their fuel via bills and direct debits will now be eligible for the scheme. Rather than a fuel voucher being issued, we can issue a virtual credit card to the same value. This can only be used with fuel/utility companies and is restricted to young people aged 18+. More information to follow in November. 
Free Data Palans are still available! 
Download the poster here to put up in your House Project base: Free Data Plan Poster
 
Click here for the Good Things Foundations Guidance on supporting people with connectivity
Care Leavers Association (CLA) funded opportunity for Scottish and English Care Leavers to network
The Care Leavers Association in partnership with Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum (STAF) and International Foster Care Organisation are running an event for care leavers. It will bring together care leavers from Scotland and England to discuss policy and practice issues. Care Leavers from both countries will work together to explore the differences and similarities of the leaving care experience. 

It is a great opportunity for young people to meet each other and learn about both countries.

The event takes place on Tuesday 29th November in Glasgow. All expenses including train fare and accommodation will be covered. It is expected people will travel up on the Monday and return on the Tuesday after the event. 

It is possible for a worker to accompany the young people to the event. Workers from CLA, STAF and IFCO will be on hand at the event to support young people.
For more information or to book a place contact
david.graham@careleavers.com
OLF Update
There is now a drop down box for young people who do not attend events. Click the 'x' icon next to their name and select the reason: (see image below)
We are looking for a Project Lead and Facilitator to join a Steering Group to support the continued development of OLF. For more information or to register your interest please contact tanya@thehouseproject.org
Maximum of 6 virtual meetings per year.
Upcoming Events / Learning Workshops
Upcoming Dates
  • 1st November - Online Peer Mentoring Information Session
  • 2nd November - 10:00am - Online Energy Workshop 
  • 3rd November - NHP/STAF Webinar
  • 3rd November - Aspirational Awards Application Window Closes 
  • 15th November - Online Changing Minds PACE Workshop
  • 22nd November - Peer Mentoring Training Day - Crewe 
  • 23rd November - Online Relational Dynamics Workshop
  • 29th November - Face to Face Community of Practice - Scottish Projects (Fife, East Dunbartonshire & Midlothian)
  • 30th November - Face to Face Community of Practice - South Projects (West Sussex, Islington & Oxford)
  • 30th November - Face to Face Community of Practice - North Projects (Lancashire, Rotherham, Greater Manchester)
  • 30th November - Face to Face Community of Practice - West Midlands Projects (Stoke, Wolverhampton, Coventry & Warwickshire) 
  • 5th - 7th December - Introduction to the House Project (for new starters and those wanting a refresher) - Crewe. 
TAKE CARE AND SEE YOU ALL SOON
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