Your Own Place will keep evolving until it’s found the most effective solutions to preventing youth homelessness.
As part of our work we also do the following.
- Enterprise projects. We’ve been funded by the Home Office to work with young people in Norwich at risk of Serious and Organised Crime. With partners, The Participation People, young people will develop their enterprises, learn business skills along the way and create their own jobs whilst maximizing social impact in their community. We’d love to hear from business colleagues wanting to join them!
- Your Own Network. With colleagues at Naked Marketing and SoftApps, we’re developing Your Own Network. A website that links young people to sources of support, encouragement, donations, Volunteer Tenancy Mentors and loads more. It will be launched in November 2017.
- Social Saturday. Join us on 13th October to celebrate the impact that social enterprises have on the local economy as well as being a force for good.
- Set up Supported Work Tasters. We’re keen to work with sympathetic employers who share our values to offer bite-size work taster opportunities for our young people. We’re meeting with employers on 11th October to put this in place.
- Train new TILS Trainers. We’re thrilled to have received funding to train more TILS trainers and broaden our reach across Norfolk. Look out for dates in early 2017!
- Deliver in The Training Flat. On September 27th 2016 we launched The Tenancy Training Flat. This means that young people can actually read the electricity meter, cook a meal, meet the neighbours, paint a room and have a totally engaging and real experience on our courses. This has been a massive milestone in the life of our enterprise and we worked with dozens of corporate and individual partners to get up and running. We’ll be aiming to set up Training Flat in other locations from 2017.
- We’re setting up a young person led crowdfunding website to raise personalised funds from business and individuals and remove barriers to work for young people.
- We currently run a Social Enterprise Meet Up Group with over 50 members. We meet four times a year at The Missing Kind in partnership with Kindabusiness, run by Jacqui Starling of The Lola Stafford. She supports other aspiring entrepreneurs with the vast array of knowledge and experience in setting up start-up social enterprises. We aim to increase the profile and impact of the social enterprise sector in Norfolk.
- Skills Swap – young people support an older person to use digital technologies (for example) and in turn they help put up a curtain pole (for example!). We’ve already trained over 40 volunteer mentors, so have a great base to work from.