East Dunbartonshire House Project
East Dunbartonshire Council was awarded £202,667 for the period of 2019 to 2022 to set up a Local House Project for young people leaving care.
Consultation with young people with care experience has helped East Dunbartonshire Council gain an understanding of the lived experienced of moving on from care and into a tenancy.
One of the most significant challenges facing young people in the local authority is a lack of cohesive planning and peer support when moving into their own accommodation. They have also said they feel unprepared, scared, lonely, isolated and vulnerable in their accommodation, and while initially excited about the prospect of leaving care, soon realise that they have underestimated the day-to-day realities of living independently. They can also feel that their house is not really their home and they are often not fully involved in the decorating and furnishing of the tenancy.
With the House Project, East Dunbartonshire Council will build on existing relationships and support systems such as Project 101, a housing support service for young people. They will provide young people leaving care with the opportunity to plan and prepare in a structured way to enter their tenancy, making them feel valued and reducing feelings of uncertainty and a lack of control over their future. Furthermore, it will provide young people with a community of support and the ability to build connections in the local area, reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation.
About the National House Project
The National House Project provides support and expertise to Local Authorities to set up Local House Projects for young people leaving care. The approach is centred around small groups of young people becoming part of a community that supports them to develop the practical and emotional skills that they need to live independently. Through each Local House Project, young people work on houses that will become theirs to live in, and their community of support means that they have trusted relationships in place to help them as they set up home for the first time.
Find out more: https://thehouseproject.org/