Home and Belonging

The Life Changes Trust Home and Belonging Funding initiative has been designed to provide an inspiring opportunity to re-imagine what a fulfilling future can look like for a care experienced young person, based around a safe, welcoming and personal space – their home.

This initiative aims to support the transformation of care experienced young people’s circumstances as they grow and develop beyond formal care and move into adulthood, by taking a service design approach. Home and Belonging 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”

Eleven projects will benefit from the funding, each with the aim of providing a secure, safe and stable housing option for care-experienced young people, and reducing isolation which many face when they move into independent living. The initiative recognises that home is about more than bricks and mortar, and is funding projects which help young people to feel a sense of stability, warmth and security.

The projects receiving funding are spread across Scotland; 10 began 1 April 2019, with a further 2 expected to come on stream in the coming months. There may also be some further targeted investment in initiatives meeting the aims of Home and Belonging. The Trust is investing in projects which will pay attention to creating supportive relationships around young people. The projects will also offer more choice and agency to young people in relation to where and how they live when they move on from care.

Each project will explore where there are gaps, areas for improvement or new ways of supporting young people to create a safe and welcoming home of their own, taking into account what care experienced young people themselves have said matters to them.  Funded projects will also address the sense of isolation which many young people face when they suddenly find themselves alone, offering more choice and involvement to young people in relation to where and how they live when they leave care.

All of the projects were designed with young people, using creative approaches, and they will involve young people with care experience in their delivery and evaluation.

The intended outcomes for the Trust’s Home and Belonging Initiative are to:

  • Ensure care experienced young people have positive experiences of their home environment (both physically and emotionally)
  • Ensure care experienced young people involved in these projects experience feelings of belonging and integration in their communities
  • Ensure care experienced young people have better experiences transitioning out of their care placements

The Trust funded projects are as follows:

  • Barnardo's North Lanarkshire: £199,463
  • East Lothian Council: £306,756
  • East Renfrewshire Council: £285,000
  • Helm/Hillcrest: £200,000
  • Highland Council: £252,423
  • Hot Chocolate Trust: £200,000
  • Impact Arts: £345,634
  • LinkLiving: £297,748 
  • Quarriers: £298,486
  • University of Highlands & Islands: £192,614
  • MoneyPointr: £50,000
  • Stirling Council: £195,000