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? We want you to use it to help explain to young people as well as partners what we do and why we do it. You can watch and share it here and now!
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 can 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.
Other TILS courses can be delivered in any way that suits you. Groups tend not to be bigger than eight and we can deliver 1-2-1 too. We can travel to the young people and can secure convenient and welcoming venues as well as deliver in their own home. Anyone can refer including social landlords, social workers, private landlords, housing authorities officers, housing association officer, parents and everyone in-between!
Look what we’ve got coming up for 2017:
– Norwich Tenancy & Independent Living Skills (TILS) training courses in The Training Flat. £275 per place.
- 26th – 28th September
- 17th – 19th October
- 14th – 16th November
- 5th – 7th December
– Other Locations – Tenancy & Independent Living Skills (TILS) training courses – HALF PRICE! £138 per place.
- Great Yarmouth (starting 31st October)
- King’s Lynn (January 2018)
Thanks to MSExpert funding these courses are half-price.
– 1-2-1 five-session TILS courses available. Dates to be agree with the young person. £275* per person.
* travel costs may apply
– FREE 1-2-1 follow-up support after group course
- There’s now 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 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?
Click on the link for our latest one-page impact report.
Retention on our latests TILS courses was 100% with feedback ranging from ‘I enjoyed the fun variety of activities’ to ‘I thought it would be boring, but I learnt some really useful stuff’. It’s early days to follow up with our young people as they move into tenancies, but so far just under 90% report that our TILS courses made them feel more confident as they moved to independence. 75% of those on our last course reported having increased knowledge of what being a good tenant involves with recent research from Hyde Housing stating that this is part of the solution for tenancy sustainment.
To make a referral use this link.