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Hot Chocolate Trust

Hot Chocolate Trust was awarded £200,000 for the period 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.

The Hot Chocolate Trust works with young people in Dundee.

The Trust builds community with young people, rather than providing services for them, giving them the responsibility and support to decide, plan and implement activities for themselves. The overall aims of this project, called Home Fae Home, are to co-design a communal space with young people with care experience, through a trauma informed practice lens, and to explore how the physical environment can help or hinder recovery from trauma.

Working with experienced design engagement specialists/interior designers/architects Kennedy Twaddle, Hot Chocolate Trust will undertake a series of creative workshops to generate ideas of how best to transform the space. The plans generated through the co-design workshops will then be used to make the strongest ideas a physical reality. The whole project is framed as a participatory action research project, with young people at the heart of it.  The young people involved will develop a new range of skills and experiences relating to design processes and creative techniques, and experience a range of exciting and aspirational career pathways.

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