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A message from our CEO January 2024

29th January 2024

Last year we celebrated our 5th Birthday and whilst this was a great opportunity to reflect on our collective and individual achievements, we soon set about setting our vision for the next 10 years, and the strategy to get us there. Increasing our reach to more young people both by spreading and diversifying in local authorities where there is already an existing Local House Project (LHP) and scaling to new LAs is key whilst at the same time improving our offer by acting on the insights of young people, colleagues and independent evaluations.  

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Young Energy Champions Are Live!

15th January 2024

The Young Energy Champions are now live across YouTube, TikTok and Spotify! They have come up with several different ways to make you aware of saving energy and how important it is to be aware.

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Chester Half Marathon 2024

11th January 2024

Chester Half is one of the UK’s longest established and most highly regarded half marathons. The course boasts a city centre start and finish, with a route that takes in all the city centre sights, picturesque countryside and with closed roads on the day, there will be lots of space for your supporters. Participants will each receive a House Project running top, bespoke finishers medal and goodie bag.

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

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

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

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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