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July 2021

> CEO update
> New Projects
> CLNM 
> StoryFutures 
> Fundraising
> Care Leaver Support Portal
> Save the date!
Last year will be remembered by many for reasons relating to Covid19 and the restrictions to everyday living for the general population.

Whilst these 'strange' times continue and factors have undoubtedly impacted on young people leaving care across the country, their transitions into independent living have not stopped. We have seen incredible work undertaken by Local House Projects in England and Scotland and more significantly by young people who have achieved so much in the past year.

"Without the House Project it may have taken me two years or more to become eligible for a council home. I like having my own space and look forward to pursuing a career in hair and beauty. I’ve got lots of support around me”
- Young person, Midlothian House Project

A Message from our CEO 

Dear all,
The pandemic has been a challenge for a number of reasons and where the impact has been positive, it has largely been related to the value of relationships and the way that individuals have been supported in, and by their communities.
 
Young people leaving care typically experience a journey to adulthood that is ‘accelerated and compressed’ compared to their peers in the general population. 

This takes place without the practical, emotional and financial support typically offered by birth families which can lead to them being isolated and without the warmth and enrichment of ‘community’ that the general population enjoy.
Read more

New House Projects!

Welcome to new House Projects in Coventry, West Sussex and Lancashire!

We are delighted they have decided to work with the National House Project to establish a House Project for young people leaving care.

Local House Projects enable young people to leave care feeling prepared, excited and confident about their future. 

An update from Care Leavers National Movement

As lockdown eases Care Leavers National Movement (CLNM) have been very busy designing our peer evaluation process and undertaking site visits, planning our residential and annual conference, attending meetings and engaging in consultations with partners.
 
Our Peer Evaluation process is very important to us as it gives us the chance to understand what young people in Local House Projects (LHPs) think. It gives us the opportunity to talk to our peers and listen to what they think is good and what needs improving and then feed this back to the NHP, you can find out more about our Peer Evaluations here.
 
We meet every six weeks as a team and each rep comes with feedback from their LHP to share with the group. Our most recent themes identified were 'relationships' and 'communication'. We have fed this back to LHP staff who use this feedback to improve their practice.
 
Liam from Oxford and Louise from Warwickshire attended June's NHP Board of Trustees meeting and gave updates around our recent trip to Suited and Booted in London and our first peer to peer interview at Islington House Project.
 
Over the next few months we have visits to a number of LHPs in England and Scotland, a 4 day residential in the Lake District and various planning events and meetings. CLNM continues to grow as a community and support the NHP by ensuring that our voice informs both policy and practice.

StoryFutures 

Luke, our Business Admin Apprentice, joined Warwickshire House Project young people who have been working with Avril (Virtual Reality Director) and Joel (Lecturer in Forensic Psychology) on the StoryFutures Project to explore the development of a digital technology that can support young people leaving care.

"The ideas that were coming from the group were amazing and everyone was involved and encouraged to join in.

There was discussion about having a VR space that everyone could meet up and socialise in which would have different doors so that you can walk from one base to another, allowing young people in The House Project community to meet up no matter where they are in the Country. It could even be used to host conferences and meetings!"
Read Luke's blog

Fundraising

I’m Elizabeth Titley, newly appointed to the role of Fundraising and Partnerships Manager for The National House Project (NHP). My role is to develop income streams for the Charity from different sources including Trusts and grant-makers, major donors, individuals, corporates and the public. I hope that people will want to support us on our journey and will recognise that NHP is a fantastic cause.

In my first few months I’ve written the Charity’s Fundraising Strategy which will help guide us through the first couple of years and have been talking to funders who I hope will see our value and choose to support us. It’s an exciting time to have jumped on board at NHP as it begins to grow as an organisation and I’m passionate about making a difference for our care leavers.

Here's an update on what has been going on...

Arnold Clarke The National House Project are absolutely delighted to be awarded £1000 from the Arnold Clarke Community Foundation towards our digital poverty campaign. This will go towards our House Project communities receiving even more digital support and help with devices and connection. 

Families First A massive thankyou to Rachael and the team at Families First Fostering, who raised a fantastic £400 at their barbecue. The typical British summer weather meant the event was held indoors but it didn’t stop them having a fantastic time and raising money for our young people. We are so happy that you thought of us.   

Events Have you seen our fundraising pages on our website lately? We’ve updated them and you can see what you can do to join in support us. 

The National House Project will be taking part in The Big Give’s Christmas Challenge so look out for news on our website and social media about this and how you can join in and help. 

The NHP Bake Off In September we will be holding our first fundraising Bake Off, so if you’ve got some culinary skills or none at all and you fancy baking your first cake, then keep an eye out on our website and social media in the coming weeks for more information. 

Get involved

Coming soon...

The Care Leavers Support Portal (CLSP) provides a secure way to stay connected to care leavers. Care leavers can stay connected to each other and to services/information important to them.

The CLSP has been designed to provide a platform for every Local Authority which has the same look and feel as a website. The CLSP will share the same look for all LAs, however, you can personalise and customise with logos and resources. Care leavers are added by a staff member and via a secure log in system and young people can then; 

  • Access information and communicate more easily with services 
  • Have a local voice 
  • Access support when they need it   
  • Be connected 

Interested? 

For more information please contact us via our website enquiry form.
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Stay safe and well, we look forward to meeting with you all soon.
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