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. What really drives Rebecca is social inequality. By the roll of a dice a person’s life chances are dramatically altered. Homelessness is just one manifestation of this and until young people have equality of opportunity Rebecca will work tirelessly to champion disadvantaged young people.
Rebecca volunteers as an Enterprise Adviser with Great Yarmouth 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.
Simone is a Volunteer Tenancy Mentoring Worker and is excited to be part of a growing organisation which aims to prevent homelessness. She will be continuing her work to reduce the stigma faced by many marginalised groups. She has previously trained professionals in eating disorders, drugs, alcohol and homelessness. She has focussed on helping people with often very complex issues. “It will be great to play a part in preventing young people from falling down what can be a very slippery slope.” Previously, she was a high school teacher and has been training in First Aid for the last 4 years.
Katie is a Volunteer Tenancy Mentoring Worker who has a background in supporting young people and families in their homes. She has worked closely within the mental health sector and has experience of working with young people in residential care. “Looked-after children and young people is a group of people that are very close to my heart and I am excited to see what new adventures this role can take me on.”