East Lothian Council – My Space, My Place
East Lothian Council was awarded £306,756 for the period of 2019 to 2022
The Life Changes Trust Home and Belonging initiative has been designed to provide an opportunity to re-imagine what a fulfilling future can look like for a young person with care experience once they move on from formal care, based around a safe, welcoming and personal space – their home.
It will support young people to find a strong sense of home and belonging in their own communities, recognising that “home is not a place, it is a feeling.” All of the projects take a service design approach, were designed with young people using creative approaches, and will involve young people with care experience in their delivery and evaluation.
Many young people with care experience in East Lothian are living in inappropriate accommodation which includes, B&Bs, sofa surfing with friends/relatives or living with foster carers, with limited options for move on accommodation. The ‘My Space, My Place’ project will provide a much-needed housing solution in East Lothian for young people with care experience and for East Lothian Council to further develop their role as a corporate parent.
In order to ensure that young people are equipped with the relevant skills to manage, sustain and importantly, enjoy a home, our ‘My Space, My Place’ project includes wraparound support. Each tenancy will be made up of two young people with care experience and a peer flatmate, who will bring a degree of stability and knowledge about life skills and tenancy management. This will create an environment in which young people with care experience will be encouraged to live independently and create a home for themselves. Peer flatmates are also provided with guidance and support.
East Lothian Council’s project was developed alongside the Care Experienced Young People’s Champions Board, Children’s Services and Housing Strategy and brought in key partners including Public Health, Queen Margaret University and Who Cares? Scotland.