What is the supported lodgings scheme?
The supported lodgings scheme is an accommodation scheme which aims to smooth a young person’s transition to living independently. Many young people, whether they are leaving care or they can no longer live at home and are classed as homeless, need help in making the transition to living on their own.
Who is this scheme for?
The scheme is for young people leaving care who are in education, training or employment and aged between 16 and 21 (up to 24 if in full time education.)
What is the supported lodgings carer’s role?
The scheme offers young people the opportunity to live in the home of an approved supported lodgings carer. They will have a supportive environment where they can build their confidence and improve the practical skills that they will need for independent living. Supported lodgings carers are not expected to take parental responsibility. They must have a keen interest in helping young people, be compassionate and flexible with a good sense of humour. Carers are expected to provide guidance and encouragement around skills such as budgeting, cooking, job hunting and emotional support. The idea is that they gradually take on more responsibility for looking after themselves until they reach the point where they can cope on their own.
We need carers
Could you help prepare a young person to live independently? If so, the supported lodgings scheme could be for you. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and cultures and are looking for people who:
Have a spare bedroom
Are aged over 21
Are from any racial or cultural background
Own or rent their home
Are married, single or co-habiting
Are with or without children
Are working, unemployed or retired
In return we provide:
- Competitive allowance of £196 per week
- Local support networks including 24-hour social worker support
To find out more, please call the Family Placement Team on 0118 974 6204 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org