Change a young person’s life and become a supported lodgings provider

People, Health and Care
17:17, Friday, 2nd October 2020

North Lincolnshire Council is looking for caring people to share their homes and become a supported lodgings provider.

If you have a comfortable spare room in your house, and can offer friendly advice and support, you could change the life of a 16 to 24 year old, helping them in moving towards independence.

A phone in event is taking place on 14 October 2020 from 6pm to 7pm, with the council eager to hear from anyone who thinks they are able to help.

There will be the opportunity to talk to social workers, who will be available to answer any questions you may have about becoming a Supported Lodgings provider.

As a supported lodgings provider you will:

  • Receive a weekly allowance of up to £110
  • Be given all the necessary training required to help you fulfil your role
  • Be allocated a supported lodgings support worker to provide you with ongoing support and guidance during the placement

Supported lodgings providers have spoken positively about the lasting impact the role has had on them.

One explained:

“I like to meet young people and help them progress. I find it rewarding.”

“They [the young person] often stay in touch after they’ve moved on and it’s nice to hear they are doing well”, another provider added.

Cllr Julie Reed, cabinet member for children and families, said:

“We are appealing to people from all walks of life to come forward and provide support to young people in our community.

“Becoming a supported lodgings provider is about more than opening up a spare room; a placement has the real potential to transform a young person’s life.

“We are looking for people who could provide a helping hand, and share important, confidence-boosting life skills with those who may be missing the steadying influence of a family member.

“Providers can be assured of fantastic support throughout the process by our fostering team, which was rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

“I would urge anyone who is interested in finding out more about this rewarding role to come along to the open evening or contact the team.”

For more information, contact the fostering team by calling 01724 297000. Alternatively, text ‘lodgings’ to 84433.