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 Local Authorities

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 (NHP) 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 interdependently. They work on houses which become their homes to live in for as long as they want.

Support Us

Corporate Partnerships
Corporate Support

We are passionate about unlocking the potential of young people and improving the way they are prepared and supported to live interdependently. 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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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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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

If I was telling another young person about the House Project, I would say that it is a starting point for a brilliant future

- 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.

- 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.

- Warwickshire HP

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

- Warwickshire HP

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 HP 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 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

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

- Islington HP

The last 12 months have been hard because of Covid, but The House Project has been so supportive. I’ve known I can always count on them to help.

- Young Person Warwickshire

In the time I've been with them they have completely changed my life.

- Warwickshire HP

My favourite part of working with the House Project is making memories with the other young people and the staff

Warwickshire

The House Project has helped me by teaching me life skills and how to be more independent. My favourite part of the House Project is socialising and having time every week to meet up with everyone here

Warwickshire

I was anxious about moving into my own flat, but I know you guys will help and support me

Young Person

 

 

Latest News

CYPNow - NHP Supports Care Leaver Apprentices
CYPNow - NHP Supports Care Leaver Apprentices

Posted 1st May 2024

The National House Project (NHP) has been hosting apprentices since 2021. The organisation, which was incorporated as a charity in 2018, works with local authorities that have set up their own Local House Project (LHP), a scheme that helps young people leave care in a planned and supported way. Young people, both in and leaving care, are brought together in groups to create their first homes, learn new skills and join a long-term community of support that can develop pathways into education, employment and training. With 17 LHPs established across England, involving more than 700 young people, around half of these local projects provide apprenticeships as part of their offer, explains Sue Hammersley, director of NHP. There have been three young people so far that have undertaken an apprenticeship with NHP. Hammersley says all apprenticeships offered at NHP and across the LHPs are business administrative roles, although one project in Oxford has offered a participation apprenticeship after linking in with a local college.

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House Projects in Scotland event - March 2024
House Projects in Scotland event - March 2024

Posted 22nd March 2024

We were delighted to be joined by Natalie Don, The Minister for Children, Young People and Keeping the Promise, Fraser McKinlay, CEO of The Promise Scotland and Heather Coady, an Independent Consultant, who share a passion and commitment to changing the system for people in, and leaving, care in Scotland. Not only did they address the conference but they got to hear from Local House Project staff and young people on how they are working together to improve the way in which young people leave care and how this meets the commitments made in The Promise in 2020.   

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Newsletter January 2024
Newsletter January 2024

Posted 31st January 2024

Is it too late to wish you all a Happy New Year? Our last newsletter covered the first half of 2023, so we are taking this opportunity to share all the fantastic things that we have been up to in the second half of the year and what we have coming up in 2024.

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