Your Own Place exists to prevent homelessness by ensuring people have the skills to sustain a tenancy. As targeted prevention and early intervention work, ours is the belief that no-one has to end up homeless and no-one should. Everyone deserves a safe and secure home.
Your Own Place was started by Rebecca White in 2013. From a secondary teaching background and having worked in homelessness, prisons and commissioning, Rebecca is passionate about equality, people, their potential and those facing most systemic barriers. Observing during her career a gap in empathic, values-based and really good quality workshops for people getting their tenancy and moving to independence, Your Own Place was born.
Nearly eight years on and Your Own Place has worked with over 800 people, trained over 300 volunteers and is not short of partners, ideas and passion.
It remains our aim to be the stand out enterprise preventing homelessness with evidence-based and high quality facilitation that people from all backgrounds and stages in life want to be a part of.
A word from the founder
‘I have worked with people of all ages and from all backgrounds my entire adult life and they always surprise me. They have each inspired me to strive to work without prejudice or preconception about what somebody is capable of. This is a founding principle of Your Own Place. Equality is in everything we do and say.
The reward of seeing a person realise they can achieve their goals is the best reward of all. We don’t ‘transform’ lives because the credit belongs with the individual – we want to be their champion, catalyst and in the right place at the right time by working the right way’.