Jobs for Homeless Young People

by Your Own Place CIC

About the project


Tipping Point £5,000
Two days a week £10,000
Three days a week £15,000
tipping point
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

The Problem: 

·        The majority of people seeking help with homelessness are under 25. 

·        Because housing is in short supply and expensive it is getting harder for young people to find and keep a home. 

·        Young people who have experienced homelessness in youth are more likely to be homeless and unemployed in adulthood and we all pay the price of this.

 Can you give us some statistics on this problem?

-        52% of people applying to the housing office as homeless are under 25

-        homelessness because of financial problems has increased sixfold

-        48% of young people who become homeless are under 21

-        Norwich has seen an increase in the number of young people claiming jobseeker’s allowance

-        80,000 young people will experience homelessness in 2015

-        Most homelessness is as a result of eviction (due to non payment of rent) and abandoning the property because it just hasn’t worked out

Our solution: 

·        We are solving two problems at once – youth homelessness and unemployment.

·        This virtuous circle means that by solving one problem you’ve got more chance of solving the second.  It goes like this:

-        someone with a job is more likely to be able to pay the rent and keep their home.

-        someone with a home is more likely to be able to hold down a job.  Simple!

How will you deliver this?

-        At Your Own Place we do things differently.  We start from the young person’s strengths, positive experiences and aspirations.  Like you and me, they have hopes, dreams and aspirations for their future.  We don't label and we don’t give up.

-        Everything we do is unprejudiced and totally flexible to whatever else is going on in the young person’s life.

-        Our independence training, volunteer training, mentor training and 1-2-1 employment support is of the best possible quality.  This ensures that the young person feels valued and special from the beginning of the relationship.  Without this trust there is no relationship, no progress and no job.

-        We work tirelessly to find the right support for them at the right time, which means we work openly with colleagues who can complement what we do.

All of these values will underpin the training programme and 1-2-1 support that our inspirational new worker will provide to young people coming on board as our peer trainers.

Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    • Tell one person about what we’re raising money for and why it matters to you. Send them an email. • Like and comment about the campaign on Facebook and Tweet about it too.
  • 5 minutes
    • Write a short blog on our Facebook page about why you donated and why others should too.
  • 15 minutes
    • Make a list of ten influential people you know and email and call them individually to tell them about our campaign.
  • 30 minutes
    • Write to your local councillor and tell them about the campaign, about the great work we do and why they should be talking to us.
  • A few hours
    • Come and talk to our young people about what you do, why you love it and inspire them to be part of a great, motivated and contributing workforce.
  • Regular time commitment
    • Become a fully-fledged volunteer and support a young person getting their first home or even to put up some shelves!

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Rebecca White 23 September 2015 - 15:59

Can you believe what we achieved in just over a week? Honestly, I can and I can't. Sure, we've asked a lot of people, but it's when people whose arms you haven't twisted make a contribution that it is really humbling. We know we will spend this money wisely and to the 100% benefit of the young people we work with. Let's hope the next seven weeks are as good!

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

We value each young person as an individual. This is why they deserve a unique and restorative approach from Your Own Place. We aim to prevent youth homelessness and enhance our independent living skills provision by working openly and collaboratively.

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Our track record

When we start work with young people, they want to keep working with us. Our research shows that commissioners, partners, volunteers and young people ALL like what we do and would recommend us to someone else. 90% of young people on our last tenancy course kept coming back and finished the course. One young person said ‘everyone should do this course’ and ‘I wish it was longer’.

Who do we help?

• We work with young people aged 16-25 who are most at risk of becoming homeless or are actually homeless at the time. • Nearly 50% of these young people are struggling to find work too.

How do we deliver this?

• We deliver high quality Tenancy and Independent Living Skills (TILS) training in small groups and 1-2-1. Our courses usually last several weeks and include partners from housing, Jobcentre Plus and other organisations that are there to help young people. Our courses are inclusive, hugely fun and dynamic. • We also run two mentoring projects for young people in the first few months of their tenancy and needing a bit of extra help and support to sort things out in the early days. • Our employment support for these same young people make total sense because of homelessness and unemployment so often going hand in hand.

Awards And Recognitions

Our Director, Rebecca, recently fought off tough competition to gain a place at the School for Social Entrepreneurs in London. Rebecca will benefit from a year’s worth of top training, mentoring and support to develop Your own Place.