For Young People

Supported to leave care with others, you develop friendships, get a home to live in, and have control and choice over your life. Find out more.

For Professionals

Find out how individuals, organisations and businesses support young people to prepare, move in and manage their home. Find out more.

 

Introducing the NATIONAL House Project

 

Who are we?

The National House Project was incorporated as a charity in August 2018. It provides support and expertise to local authorities around the country to set up and manage Local House Projects so that young people leave care in a planned and supported way.

How do we help young people leaving care?

Young people experience leaving care together and this peer community supports them to develop the practical and emotional skills that they need to live independently. They work on houses which become their homes to live in for as long as they want.

 

Support Us

Corporate Partnerships
Corporate Partnerships

We are passionate about unlocking the potential of young people and improving the way they are prepared and supported to live independently. There is no single solution and we are seeking corporate partners who can contribute in all sorts of ways with the simple goal of making a difference to young people leaving care.

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Fundraise
Do Your Own Fundraising

Fundraising has to be enjoyable so use your interests and hobbies to raise monies. It can be Coffee mornings, bake sales, pub quiz or sponsored walk, run or cycle – or a combination of these and other events! We love hearing about the different ways that people are raising money for us, so please share. 

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Your Legacy
Donate

We appreciate as much or as little as you can give and have provided you with several easy ways you can do this.

Through your donations we can provide opportunities and support to young people leaving care which make a difference to their lives.

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I feel like I am not going out there alone now. That is different to how I felt before the House Project started

- Young Person

Starting earlier is better, by the time I’m 18 I will know it all! If I was not on the House Project, I would have to learn this at 18 with less support

- Rotherham HP

When you first get told that you are moving to live independently, it is really scary; it is the scariest thought in the world

- Young Person

We are normally put into this bubble when in care and you are not really taught about the outside world and then you are shoved into it. It is a massive change coming onto the project and not just been left out in the open or being forced to go out in the big, wide world; they ease you into it and teach you along the way

- Stoke HP

We need pride. Coming from the care system it’s difficult to find something to be proud of.

- Young Person

I’d compare the House Project to a tree; we’ve planted it and we’re growing up. We’re all together and we’re all going up

- Stoke HP

The House Project helps to put warmth around the process of leaving care

- Islington HP

I think it’s a really good idea to allow young people to build an environment they are comfortable with, especially when they’re at a stage where they are basically alone

- Wolverhampton HP

Don't push people away who only have your best interests at heart. The National House Project have my best interests at heart and they could have yours

- Rotherham HP

House Project is one of the best projects I've ever been to. With lovely facilitators and lovely members of the group. We are very proud of it

- Manchester HP

Since having my own house my confidence has grown so much. Its because i'm making my own decisions and learning from them

- Wolverhampton HP

It's a great opportunity for care leavers but it's also an opportunity that regular people don't see, people with regular upbringings, they don't get an opportunity like this, so it's a once in a lifetime thing, really

- Young person

If I was telling another young person about the House Project, I would say that it is a starting point for a brilliant future. The House Project offers young people a roof over your head and they teach life skills to be able to be independent after leaving the structure of fostering to become a care leaver and moving into your own place

- Oxford HP

I always thought I had no one to help but I know I can always come to you guys if there is ever a problem. You always help me

- Doncaster HP

The House project has allowed to feel accepted somewhere without a place of judgement, whilst learning new skills

- Warwickshire HP

Since I have joined the House Project, I've not just made amazing friends that will last me a lifetime but the HP Staff were there for me every step of the way. They have changed my life and I'm ever grateful. The staff are amazing and put their all into every work they complete with you. I wouldn't be where I am today without the House Project. Thank you.

Warwickshire HP

I have found House Project a great opportunity to build confidence and achieve anything you put your mind to. You receive a lot of support with basic home skills and moving into my own property.

Warwickshire HP

Since my time at the House Project, I've been pushed to do and be the best person I possibly can. They have supported me back into education, housing job opportunities and so much more. In the time I've been with them they have completely changed my life.

Warwickshire HP

Helps you to build confidence and find yourself despite what others think of you.

Warwickshire HP

Being accepted onto the House Project was massive for me, it has kind of given me a purpose and it shows someone cares and that I'm going to get my own gaff and not be chucked in and left in the deep end.

- Manchester HP

I start uni in September and will be doing audio engineering as I want to own my own music studio. I've loved music forever and this is a realistic way of doing what I love. Being in the House Project has really helped me get where I am as they have supported me in focusing on college and taken some of the weight off my shoulders.

- Fife HP

I have 2 young children so being able to spend time with other young people from other house projects in Scotland has been great. Its given me some time away to socialise and be me.

- Midlothian HP

The best thing about the house project is all the support I get - from college work to helping me understand how to live independently. It's good to be part of a group going through the same process as we bond, have a laugh but still get stuff done.

- East Dunbartonshire HP

I'm really looking forward to moving my furniture in and making it my home. It feels like my life is starting a new chapter and I am very excited about it.

- Manchester HP

The House Project has been an amazing experience for me as I have come so far in the last 7 months of working with the House Project. Whilst being in the House Project I have noticed how focused I can actually be and wanting to be this makes me happy. The modules that we do really help your house keeping and communication skills.

- Fife HP

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

- Oxford HP

The House Project has given me a sense of family, support and friendship. They also give you the freedom to explore and experience life to your full potential.

- Oxford HP

Every week I'm a part of the House Project I feel more independent.

- Rotherham HP

I feel as though this is a golden opportunity to learn new skills and become independent as well as taking responsibility. I feel I have achieved confidence as well as being an important part of the team and take part in all of the activities.

- Rotherham HP

The House Project gives you survival skills

- Islington HP

It’s much more than the flat – it’s about the support

- Islington HP

 

 

Latest News

Newsletter July 2021
Newsletter July 2021

Posted 9th August 2021

Last year will be remembered by many for reasons relating to Covid19 and the restrictions to everyday living for the general population.

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Luke's Blog - StoryFutures
Luke's Blog - StoryFutures

Posted 29th July 2021

StoryFutures is a project run by the Royal Holloway University of London to innovate storytelling using immersive technology. Young people in the Warwickshire House Project are working with Avril (Virtual Reality Director) and Joel (Lecturer in Forensic Psychology) on the StoryFutures Project to explore the development of digital technology that could support young people leaving care.

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An update on Fundraising
An update on Fundraising

Posted 29th July 2021

I’m Elizabeth Titley, newly appointed to the role of Fundraising and Partnerships Manager for The National House Project. 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.

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