Fife House Project
Fife Council was awarded £150,000 for the period of 2019 to 2022 to set up a Local House Project for young people leaving care.
Data gathered from Fife housing services, corporate parenting group and the Fife young people’s team identified that young people struggle to manage their own tenancy, with these breaking down quickly - the main area of challenge being the lack of distinct planning and support for their own tenancies. Fife recognised that there needs to be a well thought-through and considered support package before and after the tenancy move.
With the National House Project approach, Fife Council will provide a sustainable modular programme of peer-support that is outcome focussed.
The project will focus on a group of young adults with care experience currently in residential care who need longer term support, structure and guidance through relationship-based practice. Given their past experiences, they need supportive relationships to develop over time, something which is central to the House Project approach.
Young people taking part in the project will feel supported and engaged in a transition plan to their own tenancy, gaining new skills, a sense of control and of being an active participant in the process. Fife Council hopes to see a reduction in the number of young people with care experience accessing homeless projects and other institutions such as prison and youth offenders. The peer-support and community aspect of the project will help reduce isolation and help young people reach a greater sense of achievement, aspiration, hope and ambition.
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/