Your Own Place is an award-winning social enterprise delivering Money, Housing, Tenancy and Cost of Living support to prevent homelessness
Move-on support – 1-2-1 Money, Tenancy & Cost of Living Sessions
Working with Your Own Place helps to reduce rent arrears.
Since working with Your Own Place, Saffron Housing Trust can report, that as part of a number of measures, they have seen rent arrears decrease from 3.8% to 2.5%’
Everything Your Own Place does starts with values, relationships, quality, impact and trust. We know that people who have previously lived in supported accommodation, are care experienced, have previously experienced homelessness or have experience of custody may need more 1-2-1 support to sustain their tenancy and keep their home once other support has ended.
That’s why we offer 1-2-1 bespoke tenancy sustainment sessions in people’s homes or other setting just before and after they have moved on.
This is also why our interventions come from a place of equity, empathy, empowerment and are always informed by lived experience. Your Own Place listens and delivers the flexible services that people themselves say they need.
Our restorative, participative, coaching and asset-based delivery ultimately helps people improve their money, cost of living and housing knowledge, skills, resilience, networks and confidence.
Many people have not had the chance to see, learn or practise these skills elsewhere in the family, at school or in their accommodation setting before they left. All too often tenancies avoidably break down. Your Own Place is filling this gap by working with those at a crucial time and who are most at risk to help them sustain their tenancies and prevent homelessness.
What we do
We design a bespoke programme of 1-2-1 sessions. These are delivered in the lead up to moving on and for up to six months after move-on. Sessions last an hour and are delivered in people’s homes or a local cafe if they prefer and include:
- All the planning of content and Pinpoint facilitation © methodology, with the most up to date cost of living, welfare benefit and housing information
- Design of bespoke resources
- An evaluation methodology that provides the commissioner with a quality final outcomes report
- Any necessary venue arrangements
- Final Your Own Place certificates
- A bespoke, secure and asset-based referral pathway that enables us to adapt to a variety of neuro-divergent needs
- The option to meet with the trainee before the intervention starts to build the relationship and listen to what they want – to co-design the offer
If you’re providing supported accommodation, a local authority, a charity or in criminal justice and are tired of seeing people come back through the revolving door, we’d love to work with you and those you support to help them sustain their tenancies. Through close partnership planning and engagement with your service, together we ensure that trainees leave not just with the new money, tenancy & housing skills, confidence, knowledge and a network, but the legacy of being able to tackle their future problems too – these are not simply life skills, but skills for life.
How do we know it does everything we say it does?
With more than 24 different modules available we can tackle a comprehensive range of money, cost of living and housing content, because everyone’s situation and needs are different when they move on. There is is also the option of accreditation.
We work with people at most risk of homelessness – trainees may be care experienced, previously homeless or vulnerably housed or recently out of custody.
Your Own Place has turned only one trainee away since 2013 – because we are experts at engagement, inclusive in everything we do and build trusting relationships with people others don’t, won’t or can’t work with
We have 84% retention on our sessions, showing the strength of our approaches and relationships
What do trainees themselves say?
Trainees tell us that it helps them to understand what help is available for when they are in their own place
Trainees tell us we are non-judgemental and we make them feel safe
Trainees tell us it proves to them just how much they do know and can do – it boosts their confidence
Trainees tell us about setting themselves financial and life goals and getting the help to achieve them after the sessions showed them how
80% of trainees after a sessions feel more confident about how to pay their bills
82% of trainees after a session feel more confident about managing debt
Nearly 100% of our trainees say they would recommend our sessions
‘I just wanted more help with moving into a new house; I’ve never done it before, it’s really daunting. and now you’re in charge of this whole thing, and all the bills, and learn about credit scores – coming on here consolidated it, and now I’ve got all the information I need. I never learned about this at school, and now I have’.
Our Mission is to prevent homelessness
Our Vision is that everyone has a safe and secure home
Get in Touch:
Please email or use the contact form to get in touch:
Tel: 01603 611910
23 Johnson Place
©Your Own Place CIC. We are registered in England and Wales. Company number 08751344. All our profits go to back into the business and in supporting the Your Own Place Advisory Board (YOPAB)