Rebecca White is the CEO and Founder of Your Own Place. As a social entrepreneur, ex-local authority commissioner for social services and qualified secondary school teacher, Rebecca has years of experience working with young people in a variety of settings. Rebecca exemplifies the successful combination of business minded, policy-lead strategic and third sector experience. What really drives Rebecca is social inequality and finding new entrepreneurial, financially sustainable and people-lead solutions to addressing it. She says that ‘by the roll of a dice a person’s life chances are dramatically altered. Homelessness is just one manifestation of social inequality. Our neighbours, solicitors, businesspeople, teachers and members of the public are our biggest asset. If we can effectively leverage this people power into social action in the most impactful way possible we can go some way to supporting those that need it most whilst benefiting ourselves too’.
Rebecca puts her money where her mouth is and volunteers as an Enterprise Adviser with East Coast College.
Alex is our Employment Project Coordinator. She works restoratively to offer 1-2-1 personalised support to the young people we work with. Using the Journeys to Employment (JET) framework, Alex devises bespoke support packages with the young person. The young person takes the lead and Alex supports them to liberate their barriers to accessing Norfolk’s wealth of provision and practically help them get ready for work.
In her own words: “I started volunteering as a mentor for Your Own Place in June 2015, and have experienced first-hand some of the barriers facing young people and the positive impact that this work can have in breaking those down. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work for a company that holds such a positive belief in the potential of young people. I am passionate about discovering new ways of engaging with young people and new ways of enabling them to realise and achieve their aspirations… Whatever they may be! I feel proud to represent Your Own Place”.
Jarrod joined us in July 2017. Jarrod delivers group and 1-2-1 TILS. He is a deeply passionate and empathic youth worker who brings new energy and compassion to Your Own Place.