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July 2022

> CEO update
> New staff
> Aspirational Awards
> Our conference
> CLNM update
> Duke and Duchess
> New House Projects
> Care Leaver Support Portal
Six months on from our last newsletter and half way through 2022. It's been a busy year so far, and trying to condense that into a newsletter has been a challenge! We hope you enjoy reading about what we have been up to over the past few months.

A huge thank you to staff & young people who have continued to excel in 2022. We are excited about what the remainder of the year will bring; improved opportunities & outcomes, more young people in their own homes, new ways of working & new projects!

"I believe care leavers deserve the best shot at life possible,
and together we can make that happen!”
- Young person, Islington House Project

A Message from our CEO 

Dear all

I have always felt humbled and privileged to be working with young people leaving care. They are hugely supportive of each other and selflessly give of themselves to make the system better for others. I was reminded of this at the recent CLNM meeting when a young person explained that her reason for wanting to be involved was to make it better for ‘my sister and others’.

This commitment to changing the system brings real responsibilities for the Charity and we have to ensure that the platform and the framework of support is in place to harness this energy and vitality in a way that makes meaningful change. We develop new ways of working with Local House Projects across the country and to truly improve the experience for others we need these new ways of working to be the catalyst for systemic change across the sector.
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New Staff!

We are delighted to have successfully recruited to three new roles! Meet our newest members of staff (from left to right):
  • Bernardo Pezo - Young People's Participation Worker
  • Sam Ankers - Practice Lead
  • Susan Farrington - Project Support Officer
Find out more about them here

Aspirational Awards

As a charity NHP are always keen to develop and improve the offer to young people. We recognise that for many young people their goals and aspirations can be limited by financial restraints and without ‘the bank of Mum and Dad’ it can be impossible to do the thing that you have always wanted to do. With this in mind we worked closely with young people and in April launched our Aspirational Awards. Money was set aside by NHP and was added to by The Segelman Trust and our business partner Reconomy. With a pot of over £50,000 we invited young people to apply for funding to do something that they had always dreamed of and would have a lasting impact on their lives. A separate Entrepreneurial Award is funded by Reconomy and they offer not just finance but coaching and mentoring to young people wanting to set up their own business.
A panel made up of young people, representatives from Segleman, Reconomy and NHP was convened to consider all applications. We received some fantastic applications and money was awarded to meet a whole range of aspirations and dreams. These included funding to support a young person to set up exhibition spaces to enable vulnerable groups to show and sell their art; money to buy gardening equipment for a young person who had acquired an allotment and who has plans to open this up for young people in their House Project to use, and a trip to Peru for one young person to see birth family who he has never met.     
Three young people were successful in gaining an Entrepreneurial Award enabling two to develop beautician businesses and one young person to start a business producing 3D printer models. They have already started to receive mentoring and support and a trip is planned to meet Reconomy’s CEO, Paul Cox.
All our young people can do great things when supported in the right way. Thank you to Reconomy and Segleman for helping them to achieve their dreams.
Applications for the second round of  Aspirational Awards will open in October 2022 and we will share further updates on how the awards have been used in the next newsletter.

National House Project Annual Conference

The National House Project Annual Conference – Friday 4th March 2022

Our recent annual conference was a huge success and was enjoyed by presenters and audience alike. In the aftermath we reflected at some length on the theme of the day which led us to draw this blog together.

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Care Leavers National Movement 

Care Leavers National Movement has grown considerably alongside the growth of Local House Projects across England and Scotland which is fantastic and means more young people get the opportunity to join the House Project community. There are now 27 care experienced young people in the CLNM. The Chair for the South region is Katie and the Chair for the North region is Nikita, you can meet them and the rest of the CLNM team here. CLNM now have regional meetings every 6 weeks and national meetings a minimum of 4 times per year. 

Katie recently attended The Royal Garden Party with Mark Warr, CEO. Katie said “going to Buckingham Palace was a once in a lifetime experience and I am extremely grateful to have had this opportunity”

Katie met our very good friends at Suited and Booted beforehand and shopped till she dropped for a suitable outfit with the guided eye of stylist Maria. I’m sure you will agree Katie looks great and Mark doesn’t look too bad either! 
CLNM have recently visited Islington House Project base and Fife House Project base where they have warmly been invited by staff and young people to hold some CLNM meetings - a fantastic opportunity for reps to travel and experience new areas and people. 
At their recent Residential in the Lake District CLNM bonded together as a team through activities such as rock climbing, canoeing and archery and spent time planning their 2022 Conference. Young people developed relationships, conquered fears and pushed themselves to achieve new things. CLNM’s aim of 'Sharing Success' was prominent throughout the residential and will continue to be a very important part of the House Project community!

CLNM have a very busy few months ahead, here are just a few things they are looking forward to: 

  • Delivering Peer Mentoring training in response to the peer recommendations set out in CLNM’s peer evaluation of House Projects last year  
  • Expert adviser consultations with researchers, businesses and organisations looking to develop their services to enhance their offer to care experienced young people 
  • Visiting good friends Madlug in Northern Ireland for a few days to develop skills around social enterprising and business development 
  • Supporting NHP staff to deliver training to new staff across Local House Projects
  • Planning for our conference which is taking place during Care leavers week with the theme being 'SHARING SUCCESS' - one of CLNM four aims
The Care Leavers National Movement Conference
Thursday 20 October 2022, Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

CEO meets Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 

We were delighted to be part of the Foundling Museum’s roundtable with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Wednesday 19 January 2022, to highlight current issues surrounding our young people leaving care, share our perspective of the challenges our care leavers face and the opportunities that are available in improving their futures.

Our CEO, Mark Warr, joined fellow organisations to voice professional and personal experiences of working with care leavers and discussed topics such as homelessness and mental health; and how the valuable work of The National House Project prioritises the vulnerabilities felt by care leavers to provide a safe and supported future.

“It was an incredible opportunity to meet with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and share insights about leaving care services and the good work that is going on across the sector. As a new Charity our inclusion served to recognise our work with young people and more importantly it validated the codesign approach and the value that young people bring to the development of services for them”

During the discussion, Mark Warr described The National House Projects' ground-breaking approach in enabling young people leaving care to live connected and fulfilling lives and how the project was co-designed with young people from the start.

New House Projects!

We have been working with Greater Manchester to establish 3 House Projects on a collaborative basis. Staff have been recruited and inductions are taking place soon.

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 are currently working with Dudley, Staffordshire, Walsall and Sandwell to establish House Projects. These will be up and running late 2022. 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. 

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
We are delighted to announce that we are an accredited Living Wage employer! We are committed to paying all staff the real #LivingWage for the real cost of living. Read more about the movement here.

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