Tenancy & Independent Living Skills Training (TILS)
Your can make referrals by using this quick link.
Have you seen the short film of what we do kindly sponsored by Us2U Consulting?
Please show it to young people planning to attend our course, as many tell us they didn’t know what to expect and this heightens their anxiety.
We work with young people from all backgrounds. They may be leaving care, leaving school, leaving prison, leaving supported accommodation, going to college or university or just leaving home for the first time.
We take the stress and anxiety out of this transition.
Guest speakers on our courses include Anglian Water, Norwich Credit Union, a ‘peer tenant expert’ and a housing officer from the local housing authority.
TILS courses can be delivered in any way that suits you. Groups tend not to be bigger than eight and we deliver 1-2-1 too.
We travel to the young people and can secure convenient and welcoming venues as well as deliver in their own home or even my Skype.
We can deliver anywhere you like. Just contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote.
Anyone can refer into our courses below: Social landlords, social workers, private landlords, housing authorities officers, housing association officer, parents and everyone in-between!
Courses in 2018!
– Norwich Tenancy & Independent Living Skills (TILS) training courses in The Training Flat. Cost on application.
- 24th – 26th April
- 8th – 10th May
- 12th – 14th June
- 10th – 12th July
- 7th – 9th August
- 4th – 6th September
- 2nd – 4th October
- 30th Oct – 1st November
- 20th – 22nd November
- 11th – 13th December
– 1-2-1 five-session TILS courses available in person, in any location or by Skype. Dates to be agreed with the young person. Cost on application.
* travel costs may apply
– FREE 1-2-1 follow-up support after group course
- We can offer FREE follow up sessions for young people who have attended the group course.
- Jarrod can provide ten 1-2-1 sessions to young people wanting to improve their money skills even more! Just tell us on the referral form.
What’s it all about?
Our courses are prevention interventions. They are designed to be carried out before a young person moves into their tenancy (or their second tenancy!). This way we don’t just cover lots of really practical and important areas of living independently, but it fires up the brain into planning mode. Young people often recognise for the first time that there’s lots to do and only one person that can do it!
We do all the arrangements – you just tell us the outcomes you want and we do the rest. We book the venues, the refreshments, any speakers, ‘peer experts’, manage the risk assessments, create the resources, communicate with the young people and devise their engagement packs. The packs include added extras such as money skills worksheets, budgeting booklets, USBs of information, details of where to go for help and the acclaimed ‘On the Money’ resource. Many of these additional items we supply at our own cost or seek outside investment for.
What’s the content?
Most courses include lots of money and tenancy skills. We look at debt and APR in detail, as well as bills, priorities, necessaries, budgeting, benefits as a safety net, benefits and moving in to work, dealing with rent arrears, Universal Credit, money saving tips and where to go for more help. We then turn our attention to housing options, believing that young people who make their own informed decisions are more likely to invest successfully in their new home. This includes house sharing options where appropriate and types of tenancy agreements, private landlords and tenancy deposits. We look in detail at a real tenancy and all the rights and responsibilities of the tenant and the landlord. We often invite a landlord and other speakers, including Joy of Food, to train and talk to the young people.
Does it work?
- 71% of young people on our last course reported feeling more confident as tenants.
- 100% of the group reported improved understanding of debt and how to avoid it.
- 71% of the group reported improved money skills and knowledge of how to budget.
Click on the link for our latest one-page impact report from January 2018.
Retention on our TILS courses nudges 100%! This is because of how we work and how we treat and engage young people as our equals from the outset.
To make a referral use this link.
Have you checked out Your Own Network yet? This is a website for young people to achieve their aspirations, as well as create an Argos wishlist to help furnish and create their home. Your Own Network links young people to their community and a network of help. Visit www.yourownnetwork.co.uk and contact email@example.com to get your young person benefitting now!