A tenancy training project funded by the PCC’s Safer Norfolk Fund has produced a video to show how it’s helping promote independent living skills and prevent homelessness.
PCC grant recipient Your Own Place supports young people to prevent youth homelessness. With at least 80,000 young people in the UK experiencing homelessness each year, Your Own Place helps develop tenancy, financial, digital and independent living skills, as well as increasing employability.
Rebecca White, Director of Your Own Place, said: “They come from a real mixture of backgrounds our young people, and we’re keen to prevent homelessness and repeat homelessness, so some of our young people may have had a tenancy already and failed, and many of our young people won’t have had a tenancy yet.
“Our young people are young people leaving care, they’re young people leaving the criminal justice system, they’re young people who’ve had that unsupported, sometimes crisis-led, way of life and they need all the support from all the agencies around them, particularly at this time in transition.”
PCC Stephen Bett said: “I launched the Safer Norfolk Fund because I wanted to do something to support the charitable, voluntary and community organisations across Norfolk whose dedication, drive and determination make a real difference in our county.
“Your Own Place is helping young people to understand and prepare for the challenges that come with having a tenancy – making it more likely they’ll succeed and keep hold of that place to call their own. I am very supportive of this work in preventing youth homelessness and giving young people a solid, positive foundation upon which they can build their lives.”
Meet learners Tony, Chelsea, Roy and Leanne in ‘Your First Place’ – Your Own Place’s short taster film.
The full version of Your First Place is available to watch on the Your Own Place website – www.yourownplace.org.uk/young-people/