LinkLiving was awarded £297,748 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.
Working alongside Port of Leith and Link Housing Associations, as well as Impact Arts, this project will directly address the issue of lack of housing for care experienced young people leaving care in Edinburgh.
Over three years, LinkLiving will deliver the ‘Supporting Our Young Adults’ (S.O.Y.A) project, a supported core and cluster housing project designed by young people with care experience for young people with care experience. Through the provision of safe and settled independent tenancies with support available where and when it is needed, young people will be empowered to make the gradual transition to independent living by being provided the opportunity to learn and practice managing their own homes before having the responsibility of a permanent tenancy.
Young people will be provided opportunities to participate in a range of activities which facilitate engagement with the local community, and there will be support to access opportunities such as employability, health and wellbeing, peer mentoring and community building. When ready to move on, LinkLiving will provide outreach support until such time as the young person has established their new home and is confident in their ability to maintain it.