Supported lodgings are for young people aged 16-25 years old who are unable to live with their families for various reasons. These young people will still need additional practical and emotional support to develop their independent living skills.
This type of accommodation is needed to enable young people to make a successful transition to adult hood with additional support.
A high percentage of care leavers can be disadvantaged in terms of education, employment, poorer health and in some circumstances housing. This is often because these young people are trying to live independently a lot earlier than their peers who perhaps remain at home living with family until they are emotionally and financially ready to leave home.
How can I offer support?
Supported Lodgings aims to offer young people stability during this transitional period and additional support so that they can gain essential independent living skills to become a responsible adult and enjoy rewarding lives.
You would need to be able to offer the young person a room of their own, provide guidance and demonstrate practical skills to enable independence.
You would not have parental responsibility but your role is to support the young person with positive progress and raising any concerns with the scheme co-ordinator.
What is the difference between a foster carer and a supported lodgings host?
The difference between being a Foster Carer and a Supported Lodgings host is that the Supported Lodgings host is empowering a young person to live independently during a period of transition where they will need encouragement to be confident to enable independence.
The expectation is that when the young person’s placement comes to an end the young person is able to live independently in the private/social housing sector.
To find out more call 01942 487200 and ask to speak to the Supported Lodgings Co-ordinator or email Supported Lodgings.