The Wolverhampton House Project launched on 28th October 2019 during National Care Leaver week. The project aims to help young people learn new skills, move into their own home and leave care successfully.
The House Project will see them given an empty property to refurbish and move into. They will be able to continue living in it for as long as they choose – forever if that’s what they want to do.
Local Waste Management company Reconomy will support the project. Reconomy Chief Executive Paul Cox was born and raised in Wolverhampton.
Ten young people made successful applications to be part of the project. They then had an invite to the launch event which most attended. The young people, their carers, Social Workers and stakeholders attended the event. They learnt more about the project and celebrated the launch. Young People from other House Projects also attended. They provided encouragement for the young people of Wolverhampton. There were open discussions about the success of their projects and the benefits of participating. The launch was a huge success.
What do young people think?
What does everyone else think?
Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Children's Services:
Living alone for the first time is daunting for any of us, but particularly so for a care leaver who will do this at a much earlier age than most young people and who would not have the support of family members, either. As a result, some young people stay in care for longer than they either need or want to.
The House Project will enable young people to move into their own home while getting support to develop the practical and emotional skills that they need to live independently and to make their house a home.
We are particularly grateful for the support of Reconomy which has made it clear it wants to provide support and opportunities to help improve outcomes for care leavers in the city.
Reconomy Chief Executive Paul Cox
As someone that was born and raised in Wolverhampton I care passionately about this project and its fantastic to see it come to fruition.
The formal announcement of the Wolverhampton House Project is a massive step forward and has the potential to be transformational for Wolverhampton’s young people in care. Reconomy is proud to be the commercial partner of this project and we look forward to getting started.
Ricky Lowther, 21, a care leaver who has been appointed to the Wolverhampton House Project Steering Group as an adviser:
We were delighted to make our pitch to the group and explain to them how the House Project would help young care leavers; we are really grateful that it will be coming to Wolverhampton.
Casey Gavin, Chair of the Care Leavers Forum:
The House Project coming to Wolverhampton opens up so many doors and opportunities for some of the city's most vulnerable young people, providing an ever-strengthening network of support, important life skills and knowledge could not be a better gift to the future of Wolverhampton.
I am immensely proud of our achievement in receiving the go ahead and cannot wait to see it blossom the Wolverhampton way.
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