Supported lodgings

Supported lodgings

  • Do you have a spare room in your home to rent?
  • Are you patient and understanding?
  • Do you live in the borough?
  • Would you be able to help a young person, aged 16–21, develop life skills?

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 are we looking for?

We are looking to recruit people who live in the borough, who have a spare room in their home, a positive attitude towards young people and a commitment to helping a young person become more independent. 

If you have suitable accommodation and  the  skills and abilities to offer both emotional and practical support, then we would like to hear from you!

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.

Can you provide a young person with the following?

  • 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.

If so the answer is yes, then supported lodgings could be for you.

In return there are many benefits for providers, including:

  • weekly payments of £200 for rent and support
  • 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 do I become a provider?

Applicants to the scheme will be assessed to ensure they have the right skills and abilities to support a young person in their own home.

The assessment process takes approximately 3 months and involves answering questions about yourself and your life, as well as successfully completing local authority, CRB and medical checks, plus providing satisfactory references.

Being a provider can be a rewarding and challenging experience, but the time and support you offer will make a big difference to a young person’s life.

We are currently recruiting, so if you are interested in becoming a supported lodgings provider please contact us to request an information pack.
'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.'
Supported Lodgings Provider