Exciting partnership means local tenants to gain independent living skills 

Hundreds more tenants across the East of England are to benefit from tenancy and
independent living skills as East Anglia‐based social enterprise Your Own Place CIC offers its
workshops to three other housing associations who are part of the Independent East group.

After the success of providing support via their uniquely engaging Tenancy and Independent
Living Skills (TILS+) workshops with Saffron Housing Trust tenants last year, the workshops
are now being offered to the tenants of Freebridge, Orwell and Broadland housing associations.

Starting in January, the workshops will be a mix of digital and face to face at locations across
Norfolk and Suffolk, providing opportunities for people of all ages to develop and build on
existing skills. The workshops cover a wide range of topics, such as ‐ saving and budgeting,
self‐care, wellbeing, and digital skills ‐ with the aim of making a positive difference to the
lives of tenants through developing confidence and resilience.

The partnership with Your Own Place is an exciting collaborative initiative for Independent
East with the aim of helping more people into employment, reducing rent arrears and
reducing potential future evictions.

CEO of Your Own Place, Rebecca White, said: “We're absolutely delighted to be working not
just with the residents of four regional housing associations, but with four housing
associations that want to collaborate, support residents from across East Anglia and
recognise that our Tenancy & Independent Living Skills Plus (TILS+) are beneficial for any
person in any situation. Their compassion and understanding that having an impact on lives
goes way beyond just being their landlord is why we want to work with them and be a part
of building on the skills that tenants already have. We know that the residents we work with
are experts in their own lives, we respect their experiences and contributions and love the
two‐way learning. Fun, participative and engaging workshops will be delivered with 400
tenants during 2022 across eight different locations ‐ with the aim of building the skills to be
happy in their homes and ultimately prevent homelessness.”

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