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Offer supported lodging for a young person leaving care

Information for people who are interested in offering accommodation to young care leavers.

About the scheme

Supported lodgings is an accommodation scheme for young people leaving care, aged 16–21, who are not yet ready to live on their own.

The aim of the scheme is to offer young people the opportunity to live in the home of an approved person who will help them prepare for independent living.

This will be a safe and supportive environment where a young person can develop the practical skills and emotional maturity to move on and cope with living independently.

Who we are we looking for

We need people who:

  • have a spare room in their home to rent
  • are patient and understanding
  • live in the borough
  • are willing to help a young person, aged 16–21, develop life skills and become more independent.

We want to recruit people from a variety of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds and encourage families, couples or single people to apply. You can work full time, part time or live on benefits.

The most important thing is that you like being with teenagers and have an understanding of some of the issues they may face, as well as the time and flexibility to offer advice and support.

You must be able to offer a young person:

  • a room of their own
  • their own front door key
  • a home environment that is safe and welcoming
  • use of shared facilities including the kitchen, bathroom, lounge and dining room
  • advice on practical skills such as budgeting, shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry, using public transport and other essential life skills
  • a supportive and non-judgemental approach
  • encouragement to make and sustain positive relationships with friends and family.

What we can offer you

In return for providing accommodation, there are many benefits, including:

  • weekly payments of £200 for rent and support

  • a preparation training course and ongoing training opportunities

  • ongoing support and supervision

  • the opportunity to develop a positive relationship with a young person

  • experience of working with young people

  • the opportunity to make a difference to a young person’s life.

How to become a provider

If you are interested in becoming a supported lodgings provider, contact us for an information pack.

We will assess applicants to make sure they have the right skills and abilities to support a young person in their own home.

The assessment process takes about three months and involves:

  •  answering questions about yourself and your life

  • successfully completing local authority, CRB and medical checks

  • providing satisfactory references.

Young people in care usually have a history of being moved around and often lack the things we take for granted – stability, emotional support and the security of a home. Developing a good relationship with a young person and seeing them gain independent living skills is very rewarding.
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