Reader, we launched it!
Last night at No8 Thorpe Road with our delivery partners, SoftApps, Naked Marketing and YMCA Norfolk as well as young people from our community. With over 30 people in the room, the enthusiasm for the website (I don’t think it was just the amazing food) was life-affirming.
Anyone who has conceived of a website knows that it’s a complex beast. And even more so if you have to consider user safety, buying stuff and lots more.
The idea came from an American one. It supports young people who have left the American care system and found themselves alone in the world with no support or means of setting up home.
Your Own Network, right here in Norfolk, is designed to bring a network of support together. Simply, it enables you and me to get involved in a meaningful way that makes a difference to a young person in our community.
I’m so proud that it has come to fruition after rumbling around my head for about four years.
And the best bit of the process? Making it simpler. Realising that I’d over-complicated it and just deleting large parts of it and pairing it down to the bare minimum.
It will continue to evolve and be an iterative process, but we hope very much that you’ll get involved.