Norwich social enterprise Your Own Place wins £168,000 in grant funding to train 260 new volunteer mentors

Rebecca White, who runs Your Own Place. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Rebecca White, who runs Your Own Place. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

A Norwich social enterprise which helps young people transition into adult life has been give a grant of more than £150,000 to train new volunteers.

Your Own Place has been given £168,056 by Nesta in its Savers Support Fund scheme, making it just one of five organisations around the country to be successful.

It will use the funds for its Volunteer Tenancy Mentoring programme, which matches young people, primarily care leavers, with trained mentors from the local community.

Norwich City Council will be the first customer, with 10 of their staff being trained in October. In total, 260 will be trained.

Councillor Gail Harris said: 'The advantages of the scheme are twofold – it harnesses the enthusiasm of our staff to make a positive difference to people's lives, whilst at the same time helps in their own personal development.'

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Your Own Place was founded in 2013 by Rebecca White. It offers a range of services, including employment support, independent living skills and tenancy help.

It has its own training flat, which is in Norwich city centre.

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