The House Project Islington started in August 2018. We support care experienced young people as they make transitions to greater independence by helping them to:
- develop a community of support
- gain essential skills for independent living
- move-into their own property and make it their home
A group of 10 care experienced young people joined the first cohort of the project – they refer to themselves as the OG’s (the originals). Our second group named themselves the Next Steps and are now settling into their properties. Our third group is underway - their team name is New Beginnings.
The House Project Islington has achieved lots of positive outcomes so far, including:
- Eighteen young people have moved into their own properties
- Young people gaining new skills and opportunities including residential trips, social activities and workshops on topics including budgeting, cooking, healthy relationships and DIY
- Firm friendships developing between young people
- Evidence of young people feeling a sense of ownership and growth of new confidence and skills
- Young people gaining new education and employment experiences – several young people have found permanent employment since joining the project
- New partnerships developing between the leaving care team and local agencies to broaden opportunities for young people
- Young people co-designing and delivering training sessions
What do young people think?
What does everyone else think?
The House Project Islington is a great opportunity for young care leavers as it offers more support with independent living skills and when they eventually move into their own properties. The community aspect is also very good and needed for young people especially when living by yourself
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