Who helped you be ready to live on your own?

Council News
09:27, Wednesday, 16th August 2023

Like many young people, those who are care-experienced also need help, support, and friendship before they are ready to live on their own. This vital support is provided by Supported Lodgings hosts in North Lincolnshire.

Hosts share their homes with young people aged 16 to 24 and help them learn valuable life skills that others may take for granted such as cooking, cleaning, budgeting, job applications, even catching a bus for the first time.

Supported Lodgings Week runs from Monday 21 August to Sunday 27 August with events taking place in local communities for people to find out more about the scheme.

Cllr Julie Reed, cabinet member for children, families and communities, said: “In North Lincolnshire, we are proud to offer an anchor of support through our Supported Lodgings scheme to our young people, as they reach 16 and beyond, as they do not have those wider family connections that are important to all of us.

“The scheme plays a pivotal role in the lives of many young people in our community, helping them to build confidence and life skills in a safe environment.

“Hosts share their knowledge and experience and open their homes to provide a place for young people to thrive. If this could be you, reach out to the team and find out more about this important role. You will be connected to a dedicated support worker, detailed training plan, support groups and a weekly allowance in addition to room rent is also included.”

Emma, a North Lincolnshire Supported Lodgings host, said: “I feel that this scheme plays a part in aiding the transition forward to independence – having that support network but learning how to be responsible for themselves and making their own decisions.

“It can be very rewarding to impact a young person’s future and shape it to make it more promising.”

If you think you could support a young person and help them learn the skills to aid their progress to independence you can meet the team at the following events:

• Wednesday 23 August at The Ropewalk in Barton-upon-Humber between 10am and 3pm
• Sunday 27 August at Scunthorpe Pride in Church Square between 12pm and 6pm

You can find out more by visiting the Supported Lodgings webpage , email fostering@northlincs.gov.uk or call 01724 297024.