If the answer is yes, then Your Own Place can help. How? We’re going to be training ten of Norwich City Council’s staff in October to become Volunteer Tenancy Mentors. You can find out why they think it’s a great idea here.
With the average cost of an eviction hovering around £8000 (not including related costs of temporary accommodation, benefits etc) and youth being the biggest determinant of failed tenancies, then what better way to get involved and prevent the problem and the spiralling cost?
We can offer housing associations and housing authorities an amazing staff development opportunity that not only sees huge rewards in staff skills, but also in the new young tenants they go on to support. And we can offer 50% off if you buy more than ten spaces!
We provide two-day Volunteer Tenancy Mentoring training to groups of ten staff. We’ll cover Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection, how to work restoratively and take an asset-based approach as well as all the dos and dont’s of being a Volunteer Tenancy Mentor. You’ll also get some great money skills ideas and how to approach them with young people. This is an amazing opportunity to provide your staff with new skills ranging from social skills, leadership and time management skills, empathy and learning about working restoratively and effectively with young tenants.
Once trained they will go on to meet a mentee just once a week or fortnight and support this young person in transition in their first tenancy. No-one should underestimate just what they have to offer a young person starting our in life.
Through the development of their own skills a new tenant will benefit too. And in turn social landlords will see fewer failed tenancies, evictions and spiralling costs.
This is what we call a win-win-win!
So get in touch to book your training dates and start preventing youth homelessness with us now!