What does Your Place mean to you?
At Your Place, we are on a mission to create a community that is welcoming, supportive, and empowering for everyone. We believe that everyone deserves to have a place to call their own, a place where they feel safe and happy. That’s why we’ve asked our residents, employees, board members and supporters what ‘your place’ means to them, and we’re excited to share their thoughts with you.
Everyone’s interpretation of ‘your place’ is unique and personal. For some, it’s a physical space, a home they have created and filled with memories. For others, it’s a state of mind, a feeling of comfort, security, and belonging, that they carry with them wherever they go.
"Your Place means community to me and that community is literally at the core of the organisation. - Fee Mak, BBC 1Xtra Breakfast Host"
Our residents, employees, board members and supporters shared their thoughts with us, and we can’t wait to share them with you. They spoke about the importance of community, the feeling of belonging, and the role that Your Place plays in their lives.
"Your Place has taught me that my past doesn’t have to affect my future and anything I put my mind to I can achieve. - Danley, Resident"
But we don’t want the conversation to end there. We want to hear from you too. We want to know what ‘your place’ means to you. Everyone’s voice is important, and we want to create a space where everyone can share their thoughts and ideas.
In May, we’ll be publishing the thoughts and ideas of our community members on our social media channels, and we invite you to join us in this exciting journey of discovery. You can share your ideas through written quotes, photos, videos, or anything else that you feel comfortable with.
"Your Place is where I get to make a difference. As a fundraiser, I am enormously proud of the organisation’s achievements, my hardworking colleagues and all of the incredible residents. It’s a great place to support – knowing that every gift, no matter the size, will help change someone’s life forever. - Suzanne Maverick, Fundraising Manager"
At Your Place, we are committed to creating a community where everyone feels welcome, supported and empowered. Everyone deserves a place to call their own, and we want to create that place together.
"Your Place is my home, it’s the place I started to feel part of. For me, it’s happiness. It’s living. - Dulce, Resident"
Join us on this journey of discovery, and let’s explore together what ‘your place’ means to us. We can’t wait to hear your thoughts and ideas.
Jazmine Sandison, Communications and Supporter Manager
"Your Place is about belonging. A place that is yours, a feeling of connectiveness and being a part of something bigger."
Amanda, Chief Executive
"Your Place means a place to recharge and reset to me, somewhere our residents can pause, process and then start to look to the future. A place where people care and you can be safe. A stopping point before a new journey begins. "
Craig, Former Director of People
"Your Place feels like a journey. But this is only the start of it. There’s still a long road ahead, to reconnect with the importance of our work, bring people together and we’re getting clearer on where our place is in the homelessness landscape."
John Lowery, Director of Frontline Services
"Creating a welcoming and safe environment is essential at Your Place, as we understand the significance of providing a space that people can call home. Our commitment to fostering a culture of respect within our organisation is deeply ingrained in our values. "
"Your Place provides a safe environment where you can grow."
"A sanctuary. A building with a living, beating heart. A collective of people who care."
Julie Etchingham, Your Place Patron
"My favourite ‘My Place’ In the peace of my home on a winter’s night - with the fire going and my family on the sofa and our golden retriever on the rug. Bliss."
Usmaan Butt, IT Team Leader
"I feel privileged to be part of such an organisation where we can give back to the community. "
"It's a community that has given me hope, support, and a chance to start a new chapter in my life."
Danielle Yeung, Impact Manager
"Your Place is not just a place for our residents, but it has also become my place as an employee. It is a place where all employees are valued and their wellbeing are cared for."
Larra Young, Welcome Officer
"Your Place represents a shared space where everyone is welcome - from the staff to the visitors and most importantly, the residents."
Rabia Aqeel, Customer Service Officer
"Your Place means community, diversity and compassion. Working together in a positive way to achieve the same goal."
"Place I want to get to… happy, better health, seeing a bit of life, doing things. Learning to drive, pass my test, get a car. A place of my own."
"Your Place has been the foundation from which to build myself up again, to get back on my own two feet."