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Your Own Place CIC is a fantastic Norwich-based social enterprise which aims to prevent youth homeless. Founded in 2013, I’ve watched their journey from afar – especially through the organisation’s lively and engaging social media posts – so I’m thrilled to be working with Your Own Place to evaluate the impact of one of their innovative Volunteer Tenancy Mentoring programme.

The project, which is funded by Nesta’s Savers Support Fund, aims to provide Volunteer Tenancy Mentors for young people aged 16-25 who are transitioning to independence in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Mentors from all walks of life are recruited and trained to provide high quality support to young people on a range of issues included money skills, budgeting, managing household bills, etc.

Moving into independence is a big deal for any young person, especially those who may have been in care or don’t have any support. The project will help to address this by providing young people with a friendly face who can chat confidentially about goals, aspiration and any challenges they may face along the way.

I’ll be working with Your Own Place over the next two years to evaluate the impact of the project and, first and foremost, ensure that the views of young people and their perceptions of the project’s impact are paramount, in addition to gaining feedback from Volunteer Mentors, external partners (such as referrers and local partners) and Your Own Place staff and volunteers.

Your Own Place is committed to learning from the evaluation and using our findings to ensure that the project continues to meet the needs of young people; we’re interested to learn what works and why, in addition to what can be improved and how we might improve it.

Your Own Place is actively recruiting Volunteer Tenancy Mentors across Norfolk and Suffolk, but particularly in Norwich, Diss, Great Yarmouth, Thetford, Cromer, Kings Lynn, Ipswich, Felixstowe, Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds.

If you think you can help or you’d like more information, check out their website (look for the link to the online application form and see the frequently asked questions).

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