We’ve worked hard and innovatively to secure funding, investment and commissions across a range of partners.
Nesta Support Savers Fund
Nesta have invested in Your Own Place to expand and develop our innovative Volunteer Tenancy Mentoring initiative across Norfolk and Suffolk. We’ll be working with local businesses so that their employees get the chance to develop mentoring skills and young people most in need get mentors and money skills! It’s a win-win!
Natwest #skillsandopportunities fund
Natwest have provided us with funding to grow our group TILS as well as offer FREE follow-up 1-2-1 sessions with young people to further develop their money skills. This will include a digital element as well as online accreditation.
Home Office Serious & Organised Crime Project
We’re thrilled to be running a unique project with Home Office backing to divert young people away from illegal activity by setting up their own enterprises. We’re working with the business community to help them develop the skills needed to create jobs they really want to do.
Big Lottery Awards for All
We’re absolutely thrilled to have been funded in 2016 and 2017 by the Big Lottery. With funding from Awards for All we have trained six additional Tenancy & Independent Living Skills (TILS) trainers across the county. At least two of these new trainees are ‘peer trainers’ and a fantastic opportunity for young people wanting to develop youth work skills. More TILS trainers means we can reach more young people with our evidence-based, innovative and engaging TILS courses.
Norwich City Council
Norwich City Council have leased us The Tenancy Training Flat in central Norwich. In addition Economic Development also help to fund our Social Entrepreneur Meetup Network in Norwich.
Norfolk County Council
Norfolk County Council and the Youth Offending Team commission Your Own Place to undertake 1-2-1 tenancy support as well as group TILS workshops of varying lengths. These commissions are for children in care, care-leavers and other young people requiring transitional tenancy support and training.
Children in Need
Children in Need have funded us from summer 2016 to summer 2019 to work 1-2-1 with 16-18 year olds, supporting them to overcome their barriers and move closer to work. We have already been generously grant funded by Children in Need to develop our employability offer. Our previous Children in Need funding has recently ended, but for young people want to move into youth work we will use our small profit to offer full induction, DBS checks and training with Your Own Place. Our aim is to build on this delivery and create the ‘Peer Youth Worker Training Academy’.
Your Own Place are members of Momentum and the Voluntary Sector Forum. Momentum have also funded Your Own Place to work with a local school to deliver the Warm & Well message. In addition, we have received three lots of funding. Two are related to money skills and budgeting booklets to use directly with our young people. The third was training funding to fund our first round of peer trainers in youth work related skills.
Norfolk Community Foundation
We have been funded through the Norfolk Community Foundation for a number of the projects described above and most recently through N4NE. This has provided us with funding to develop a Digital Social Action website where people can reach out and support our young people – online. This will be launched in October 2017.
The Norfolk Chamber of Commerce
In 2017 we have received funds to grow our Supported Work Tasters from Norfolk Chamber of Commerce. This means identifying local employers who share our values and can offer flexible and bespoke work experience opportunities to our young people. Local employers already on board include Archer’s Butchers, No8 Thorpe Road, Independence Matters, Fosters, NPS/Norse, Grant Thornton, The Space and many more to come!
The Tudor Trust
The Tudor Trust have generously funded Your Own Place with salary costs to take on a Peer Trainer Co-ordinator from April 2016 for two years. This will have a huge impact on our ambitions to create more peer trainers, increase their employability and reach more young people with tenancy training across Norfolk.
Santander have funded us to develop a website for young people! Young people will use this website to reach out into their communities to seek help, donations, work experience, volunteering opportunities, mentors and more!
Money Savings Expert Charity
We’re delighted to have been funded by MSE Charity. Their funding will allow us to deliver more TILS courses across Thetford, King’s Lynn and Great Yarmouth.
Rachel at US2U Consulting has been a champion of Your Own Place from the early days. At the start of 2017 she kindly agreed to sponsor our short film. This kind of support means a lot to us and helps us to get our message out.
Reality Estate Agency
Lucy, from Reality, got in touch after hearing about us on Radio Norfolk. She passionately wanted to support a local organisation. The synergy with an estate agency and a homelessness organisation is not lost on us! Lucy runs campaigns every Christmas for our young people as well as other opportunities to raise funds.
Many other wonderful partners have helped us to develop The Training Flat. These include IKEA, B&Q, Naked Marketing, No8 Thorpe Road, Cim Signs, The Benjamin Foundation, Pro Help Norfolk, Leathes Prior, Lola Stafford Consulting, Cycle Republic, BT, Flooring Express, Broadland Decorating, NPower, KFC, National Citizen Service and Barclays Bank.
In our delivery of courses to young people we are lucky to be establishing wonderful and beneficial relationships with Norwich Credit Union, Anglian Water, Norwich City Council, DWP and others.
We are currently benefitting from support from Naked Marketing through Norfolk Pro Help. They are generously assisting with the design of our Digital Social Action website.
Partners offering Supported Work Tasters for young people include Archer’s Butchers, The Space, No8 Thorpe Road Business Rooms, The Missing Kind, Independence Matters, John Lewis, Crown Commercial Services, Foster’s and more.
We are a member of SAFER Norfolk to ensure that our policies and more importantly, our practices, are safe and appropriate to the groups of young people we work with.
Social Enterprise UK
Passionate about the social enterprise movement, we are members of SE UK to stay abreast of research, developments and exciting opportunities.
The Voluntary Sector Forum
This is an invaluable resource and support network for the third sector in Norfolk. We are proud to be a vocal and participating part of this.
The Greater Norwich Youth Homelessness Forum
We are very pleased to be an active member of this forum where we discuss the pertinent issues relating to youth homelessness and work together to be the best respondents we can be and provide joined up services for young people in need.
The Participation People
We are completely delighted and privileged to have commissioned three Train the Trainers courses from The Participation People in the last year. Their commitment, aspiration and inspiration is second to none.
School for Social Entrepreneurs
Rebecca, the director and founder of Your Own Place, is a fellow of the School of Social Entrepreneurs having finished their Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Start-Up Programme in 2014. Further to this, Rebecca started their Scale-Up programme in October 2015. She fought off tough competition to be one of 20 students benefiting from an outstanding year of support and mentoring at the London School. Inspired and founded by Lord Young, Rebecca couldn’t be in better hands to develop and hone her entrepreneurial skills.
Your Own Place is a member of Homeless Link in order to keep up to date with policy and research relating to homelessness as well as benefit from events, conferences and use of the Outcomes Star.