We’ve worked hard and innovatively to secure funding, investment and commissions across a range of partners.
Carnegie UK Trust
After a brilliant year as part of the #NotWithoutMe digital skills accelerator programme, we were successful the only organisation securing £40,000 to develop their digital offer. During 2019 we will be ensuring that every one of our 24 TILS+ modules improves the digital skills, knowledge, confidence, access and resilience of the young people we work with.
The Young Foundation – #ReimaginingRent
Our CEO, Rebecca was a part of The Young Foundation’s accelerator programme that ended in early 2019. Through this Your Own Place explored their business model and offer for the private rented sector and specifically improving access to it and sustainability of tenancies within it. This will continue to develop with a number of partners in 2019.
Norwich Consolidated Charities
Thanks to Norwich Consolidated Charities we were able to develop our Tenancy & Independent Living Skills (TILS) training across Norfolk and Suffolk. Their investment meant we could develop and market TILS+.
Nesta Savers Support Fund
Nesta have invested in Your Own Place to expand and develop our innovative Volunteer Mentoring initiative across Norfolk and Suffolk. We are 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!
Home Office Serious & Organised Crime Project
We’re thrilled to have lead on a unique project with Home Office backing to divert young people away from illegal activity by setting up their own enterprises. Again we worked with the business community to help our young people to develop the skills needed to create jobs they really want to do.
Norwich City Council
Norwich City Council have leased us The Tenancy Training Flat in central Norwich. The have been champions of all we do and have additionally commissioned us to train their staff as as Volunteer Mentors.
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 aim is to build on this delivery and create a fully traded and integrated TILS+ Employment Support offer by March 2020.
Your Own Place are members of Momentum and the Voluntary Sector Forum. 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.
The Norfolk Chamber of Commerce
In 2017 we received funds to grow our Supported Work Tasters from Norfolk Chamber of Commerce. This meant identifying local employers who share our values and can offer flexible and bespoke work experience opportunities to our young people. Local employers on board include Archer’s Butchers, No8 Thorpe Road, Independence Matters, Fosters, NPS/Norse, Grant Thornton, The Space and many more! We continue to need local employers to support our young people.
The Tudor Trust
The Tudor Trust generously funded Your Own Place to take on an Employment Project Co-ordinator from April 2016 until March 2020 This incredibly investment is providing us with the time and learning to make this sustainable through a traded offer integrated with TILS+.
Santander funded Your Own Place to develop a website for young people called Your Own Network! On it young people create their own profiles and wish-lists, enabling donors to make totally transparent donations of items to make a house a home. #TransparentGiving
Money Savings Expert Charity
We were delighted to have been funded by MSE Charity. Their funding allowed us to deliver more TILS courses across Thetford, King’s Lynn and Great Yarmouth.
Other commissions are from Clarion Housing, North Norfolk District Council, Freebridge Housing, Broadland District Council, MAP, Heath Lodge, Juventas and others.
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, Joy of Food, DWP and others.
We have benefitted from support from Naked Marketing through Norfolk Pro Help. They generously assisted with the design of our Your Own Network website.
Partners offering Supported Work Tasters for young people include Archer’s Butchers, The Missing Kind, Independence Matters, 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
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.