Our team is growing!
In February we trained six new TILS trainers.
Rebecca White is the Director and Founder of Your Own Place. As a qualified secondary school teacher with years of experience working with homeless young people as well as care-leavers and young people leaving custody, Rebecca exemplifies the successful combination of operational, strategic and business experience. A qualified project manager, trainer and strategist, Rebecca feels passionately about the impact that high quality interventions can have on young people’s lives.
Rebecca is a representative on the VCSE Leadership Group and Norfolk County Council’s Vulnerable Children’s Group. Rebecca has also volunteered to be an Enterprise Adviser for Great Yarmouth College. New social enterprise Empanda have invited Rebecca to be a non-executive director with them.
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 joins us in July 2017! Jarrod will be delivering 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.
Our Non-Executive Directors
Introducing Sarah Daniels – Our Chair
Sarah is Chartered Practitioner and co-owner of bespoke risk management company, The RedCat Partnership Ltd. The RedCat team has a pragmatic & sensible approach to helping businesses and individuals with both legal compliance and the attendant business benefits. RedCat is based at No.8 Thorpe Road, which is also a hub for other businesses. This includes hiring out the meeting/training/conferencing facilities and office space.
She lives in Norwich with her husband, daughter (when she is not at University) and Dexter the blind cat!
She is passionate about all things Norfolk, particularly our great food, and the beach. She loves cake and gardening
Sarah is thrilled and excited to be asked to assist Your Own Place as a Board Member in the next phase of its growth & development; bringing an entrepreneurial (Sarah has been described as an Ethical Entrepreneur.) aspect to the Board. Sarah is keen on maintaining the sustainability of the current work.
Introducing Cara Keen
Cara is local to Norfolk, having grown up in a small village outside of Sheringham. After completing studies at Sheringham High School & VI Form, she read Law with French at The University of Sussex in Brighton and spent a year of study in Toulouse, France. After university she worked in law firms in London, Brighton and then she came back to her home town of Norwich where she trained and qualified as a solicitor. She now practices as a solicitor at Leathes Prior in the Cathedral Close, Norwich specialising in Property Law. Her areas of expertise include residential and commercial property transactions, leases, tenancies and advising on landlord and tenant matters. In her spare time she loves going to local music events, concerts and festivals, being by the sea and exploring the countryside. Cara will act as our second signatory on our business bank account.
Introducing Stephen Plume
Stephen is Senior Vice Principal at a Norfolk Secondary Academy, the UK’s leading expert on sausages and a keen local food enthusiastic.
Sausagefans.co.uk was set up as a joke over a decade ago after some a casual, pub-based, conversation and soon captured the hearts of sausage enthusiasts from around the World. With their help and support the website grew from a joke into a showcase for over 1300 recommended sausage makers, Stephen found himself invited all over the country to visit sausage makers and competitions. The press even nicknamed Stephen The Sausage King!
As his interest in sausages grew Stephen saw the potential of local food to change lives. As one of man’s great levellers, the not so humble British banger became Stephen’s ambassador for the High Street and helps him spread the word about local food producers up and down the country.
Stephen is believes in the power of people and that with the right help and support everyone can reach their highest potential. He is passionate about addressing disadvantage and ensuring that all can succeed.
Stephen lives in South Norfolk with his wife, four children and two guinea pigs. He was absolutely delighted to assist Your Own Place as a Board Member in the next phase of its growth & development; for him it brings together the power of people, in his adopted county, focusing on support those who most need the support.