Final Major Project | The IdeaPosted: February 20, 2017
A few months ago I had the sudden urge to design a co-working/supportive space for people in the community to come and work, just hang out, or even have a place to stay for the night. It was meant to double as a homelessness shelter to support local charities with the atmosphere of a library or office as well. This was a spur of the moment thing and never really stood a chance of progressing into something realistic or possible. Now I have to come up with an idea for my final project and the work I did off the back of this impulse will help in the development of my final piece of university, hopefully.
The other, more recent idea I’ve had is to start up a skate shop/brand, to support the skating community and also to help young people get into work after school and college. This idea originated from knowing multiple people in the benefit system, going through the soul destroying and hugely disheartening, inhuman experience of the job centre. I want to give people the option to avoid getting dragged down into an endless cycle of proving themselves, jumping through ridiculous hoops and ultimately getting caught up in the system for the rest of their lives, by providing an alternative option; as many young people without many qualifications or motivation are under the impression they have none. The skate shop would be specifically aimed towards 16-20 year olds so I thought it might be a good idea to merge the two ideas together to create a more defined, directed variation of the first.
The plan is to create a co-working space for young people to come and just spend time out of the house. Some ideas of what would be included are:
- Job search support
- Skill building workshops and motivational lectures run by entrepreneurs and local business owners (in the space and at schools and colleges)
- Creative talks by local artists and designers
- Live music events in the space and elsewhere
- A lounge area with games consoles, arcade and board games
- ‘Tuck shop’, free tea and coffee available to those hiring desks
- Skate shop
- Display of local artists’ work/Exhibitions
- Merchandise for sale
- Professional counsellors
- Desk spaces for hire
- Creative workshop spaces for freelance artists and designers
- Accredited courses
- Creative opportunities – eg. Life drawing and painting sessions
The main thing that would be used for the exhibition would be visuals of the interior, branding and merchandise, however I would also come up with a full business plan and action plan for things such as funding options and examples of who would be willing to support or sponsor the project.