Our Social Enterprise of the Week:

Your Own Place

Your Own Place are committed to finding new and innovative solutions to prevent homelessness. They run training courses, mentoring schemes and offer tenancy support, to help everyone find a safe place to live.

Their Vision / Mission:

Since setting up in 2013 Your Own Place have helped over 700 people to live independently. They are on a mission to prevent homelessness and ensure everyone has a safe and secure home. They do this by supporting young people aged 16-25 along every step in their move to independent living, from arranging tenancy agreements to furnishing and decorating their new homes. Often the people they support are facing challenges in their day to day lives which mean they have had to make the move to independent living earlier than most. Your Own Place are helping them overcome these barriers and live successfully in their own homes.

Your Own Place provide training courses for young people about tenancy and independent living skills, covering everything from budgeting to healthy eating. They also run a mentoring scheme offering ongoing support to young people. By providing these services their clients are able to manage their finances and continue living independently, resulting in less people becoming homeless. Your Own Place also offer employment support, helping people get on the career ladder and provide for themselves.

Why We Chose Them:

Many young people are struggling to navigate the post Covid-19 world at the moment, so the support Your Own Place are offering is now more important than ever. They have been running free webinars during lockdown and have moved their mentoring sessions online, so their clients still have access to the support they need. It’s great to see that Your Own Place are still going above and beyond to help their clients even in these unprecedented times.

The Work They Do:

How They Align With Our Values:

We love the fact that Your Own Place are inclusive and non-judgemental. They help people from all backgrounds, working with schools, social services, prisons and children’s homes. Inclusivity is very important to us here at Ground Up Digital. We try to hire people who may have struggled previously to find employment due to past mistakes or neurodiversity and help them gain skills and confidence in the workplace.

You can read more about our values here: https://groundup.digital/our-values/

How You Can Support Them:

Your Own Place are looking for volunteer mentors to help support young people and make a positive impact on their lives. You can find more info here: https://www.yourownplace.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering/