The House Project takes a ground-breaking approach through its commitment to young people’s ownership to enable young people leaving care to achieve successful independence.

The Project was co-designed with young people from the start and works on cooperative principles through which adults and young people in and leaving care work together to refurbish properties that become their homes and build a long-term community of support.

The project began by asking young people ‘what makes a house a home?’

In 2015 the young people in the first House Project shared their views with Edward Timpson, Children’s and Families Minister. They talked about how living a happy life needs more than a physical property. It requires skills, knowledge and confidence to manage a home, positive relationships that make you feel valued and a connection to your community that you contribute to and are supported by.