YOUR FIRST HOME
Barking & Dagenham
“It is well understood that young care leavers are significantly impacted by the housing system and the need to rely on corporate parents. The small sites in the borough offer an opportunity to respond through innovation and create homes that are both aspirational and safe for young people leaving care.” [Excerpt]
In partnership with LivShare, the Studio contributed to a report for BeFirst and Barking & Dagenham council. The report focused on a new housing scheme led by local young people and their direct support networks. Taking a hands-on holistic approach in the design process, the Studio created and conducted surveys with groups such as the YMCA Thames Gateway, Achieving for Children, and Social Work England. From the findings, scalable informed designs were created as a comprehensible solution for care leavers.