In July 2021, we began work on a brand new website for Become, joining forces with co-production experts, Effervescent UK, and web design agency, Venn Creative.
We put a call-out for care-experienced young people (aged 13 to 26) from across England to join our Web Design Team and help create a website that enables young people to access support and build connections.
We had a fantastic response! Our final 10 members of the design group showed us their impressive creativity, skills, ideas, and commitment to shaping a website for young people, by young people.
We worked together on Zoom for a whole week in August 2021 on an intensive design sprint. This involved creative tasks, silly ‘badverts’, and serious discussions to uncover what we wanted the new website to look and feel like. Our care-experienced group members shared some personal insights from moments of their care journey, which really helped us to understand what support and information should be included on this site. At the end of the week, we had a clear vision for the Become website you’re visiting today – and it was time to make it happen.
We met again in October 2021 to ensure the website being built still aligned with the Web Design Team’s vision (and it certainly did!). We also started to refine details of the website, such as language and photography. While progress continued, we stayed in touch with mini projects and questions for the group.
The website you see now is a direct result of all of us working together to make a safe, reassuring, and empowering online space. And we couldn’t have done this without the care-experienced young people on our team: Austin, Corey, Em, Emily, Leah, Meg, Taeja, Sancia, VJ and Yaaseen.