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January 2022

> CEO update
> CLNM Conference
> CLNM Peer Evaluation
> New Projects
> We're Recruiting
> NHP Conference
> Fundraising
> Care Leaver Support Portal
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.

Huge thank you to staff & young people who have continued to excel in 2021. We are excited about what the New Year will bring; improved opportunities & outcomes, more young people in their own homes, new ways of working & new projects!

"I’ve grown a lot as a person, I’m happy, I have a home and I’m doing well for myself. I have great plans for my future and life is exciting”
- Young person, Fife House Project

A Message from our CEO 

Dear all

Whilst many will have welcomed in the New Year with resolutions bound by optimism that are invariably short lived, we are nearing the end of the business year and have much to celebrate and look forward to in 2022/23 and beyond.

Despite the challenges of the pandemic the Charity has achieved great success this past year. 

The number of projects is increasing and arrangements are progressing with Greater Manchester and West Midlands ADCS, we have launched the Care Leaver Support Portal, our House Project community is growing, more young people are moving in to their first homes and we are developing relationships with MadlugSuited and Booted and Valpak

In order to support the expansion of our work we were joined in September by Marshall Rowlands in the role of Business Apprentice, and are currently recruiting to three additional roles. 
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Care Leavers National Movement Conference

Care Leavers National Movement hosted its annual conference in October, celebrating the achievements of care leavers and what community means to them.

Young people from across the country enjoyed a day of celebrations, showcasing their achievements with the Care Leavers National Movement (CLNM) and their journeys with the National House Project (NHP). With a focus on Community the conference was designed, planned, and hosted by young people who presented the findings and recommendations from their recent Peer Evaluation.

Mark Riddell, the National Implementation Adviser for Care Leavers was present at the conference. He was impressed by their work and subsequently presented the Peer Evaluation report to Nadhim Zahawi, Secretary of State for Education, who has invited NHP and CLNM to meet with him in Westminster in February.

Young people were joined at the conference by NHP staff, Local Authorities, and partners such as Madlug, Suited and Booted, Reconomy, Valpak and Engie who are some of the partners working with NHP to provide advice and experiences to young people in their journey to employment.
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Care Leavers National Movement Peer Evaluation 

In 2012 whilst supporting young people in a local authority to leave care, Sue Hammersley, Director was told… ’we know you try your best... but its shite’. This was not disputed and rather than trying to polish what wasn’t working, an approach was developed with young people that recognised their inherent resourcefulness to be the architects of a system that works for them and put them centre stage. The voice of young people has driven the House Project approach. They have been supported by the structure of the Care Leavers National Movement which has also enabled them to develop an ‘expert user’ consultancy and sit as expert advisers on our Board of Trustees.
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New House Projects!

We are currently working with Greater Manchester to establish 3 House Projects on a collaborative basis. These will be up and running by the early Summer 2022.

As part of the Covid Recovery Build Back Better Programme, Wolverhampton secured funding to establish a further 4 House Projects in the West Midlands. We will be working with Wolverhampton to establish these over the next few months. Several more local authorities are in the process of securing agreement to establish new projects.


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

We're Recruiting 

An exciting time to join our growing team as a:

  • Young People's Participation and Development Worker
  • Practice Lead
  • Project Support Officer

With ambitious plans to scale our work and continue to drive improvements to the quality of the offer to young people, it is important that we increase the staffing capacity.

Closing date - Thursday 20th January 2022

Find out More & Apply Now

National House Project Annual Conference

The National House Project Annual Conference – Friday 04th March 2022

The conference will be about how House Projects enable young people to live connected and fulfilling lives. As a learning organisation we want to focus on the evaluation findings so that we can start to tell the story of our work and how young people have contributed to and benefitted from our approach.

Alongside young people, charity staff and key speakers we will also hear from our current evaluators:

  • Cambridge University
  • EXIT Study - Warwick Business School
  • STAF (Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum)
  • CLNM - Peer Evaluation

The day will be full of opportunities to network with others.

Fundraising

This last year has seen the NHP being successful in getting grant funding from a number of Grantmakers. We have received grant funding of over £400,000, some of which will go towards the core funding of the organisation and some will be restricted towards additionality that the Charity brings to our young people. Grantmakers who have awarded us with grants include Greenwood Place, The Leathersellers’ Foundation, CHK Foundation, Garfield Weston and Arnold Clark.

Over Christmas we took part in The Big Give Xmas Challenge, a match funding campaign, that saw supporters old and new contribute towards our Aspirational Awards programme. We raised over £4000 towards the scheme! Thankyou to everyone who contributed, we were delighted with the result. A special mention to JJ and Katie from CLNM who shared their hopes and dreams on social media as part of the campaign, which definitely inspired people to give!

The festive period also saw the NHP being honoured as beneficiaries of a Xmas Fayre organised by our colleagues at Apollo Buckingham Health Sciences. Thank you to all those who baked, painted, crafted and built for us on the day, we are extremely grateful for all your fantastic efforts and are very thankful to the recipients of the proceeds.

Keep Care Leavers Connected

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 

Ready to get started? 

Head over to the Care Leavers Support Portal to enter some basic details. Once your registration is submitted, our Admin team will review & approve your registration.

Sign up now

Stay safe and well, we look forward to seeing you soon.
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