On Friday 12 July, politicians and social care directors from around Warwickshire visited Nuneaton to learn more about an exciting project with the aim of supporting looked after young people into independent living.
The House Project is a programme of work, funded by the Department for Education and supported by Warwickshire County Council, that supports ten young people who are in the process of leaving foster care into suitable accommodation. Care leavers are often at a disadvantage when it comes to finding their own home as they may not have the same support network or life skills as people who have never been in care. The project not only helps the young people involved to find, decorate and live in their own property, but supports them to develop new skills and build a community around them in which to thrive.
Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi was one of several visitors to Portland House, Nuneaton, to find out more about the work of the House Project over its first year in Warwickshire and enjoy a breakfast cooked by young people from the project.
Warwickshire County Council’s Director and Assistant Director of Children’s Services, Nigel Minns and John Coleman, and Service Manager for Corporate Parenting, Sharon Shaw, were also in attendance. They were joined by local Councillor Andy Sergeant and the Director of the National House Project, Sue Hammersley.