Find out more about becoming a supported lodgings host and help a young person on their route to independence.
About Supported Lodgings
The supported lodgings scheme is designed to provide a stepping-stone for young people aged 16-24, on their route to independence.
Through Supported Lodgings young people can gain advice and support from a caring adult. This allows them to move confidently into independent living as and when they feel prepared. Some individuals may be care leavers and for others it may be impossible to return to the family home. The aim is to provide them with a comfortable room within a safe environment where they can develop the everyday life skills that they may not have previously experienced.
A supported lodgings host will help a young person to:
- sustain positive employment, further education and/or training
- improve emotional wellbeing
- develop the practical, social and emotional skills needed for independence
- reduce their vulnerability and loneliness and achieve social integration
- reduce their need to stay in unsupported or insecure accommodation.
What our current Supported Lodgings hosts say
“It’s a great scheme and I hope that more people give it some thought. It’s nice to feel you’ve done a bit of good and made somebody feel as happy as possible.”
“It’s seeing them move on and succeed, knowing I’ve had an impact that makes it worthwhile for me.”
“We used to be involved with caring for children before and although I’m now officially retired, I can still help. That’s really good to know.”
“You definitely need to be committed, as many of the young people have been let down in the past.”
“I got a call the other day from a young person that was placed with us. He’s got his own place, is working full-time and is settled. He just rang to say thank you but it meant so much more to us.”
“You get more than your share of ups and downs but the ups make it all worthwhile.”
Become a Supported Lodgings Host
Hosts come from all walks of life and all kinds of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. It is not about having specific qualifications – just the time, communication skills, understanding and patience that is needed to work with young people and the issues they face. This may come from personal experiences of being a teenager, or from having contact with young people, for example, through work.
In addition to a great sense of achievement, supported lodgings hosts also receive:
- a weekly allowance plus room rent per young person they host
- a dedicated support worker to provide ongoing support and guidance
- a detailed training plan
- access to support groups for further support and advice
How to apply
If you are interested in finding about more about supported lodgings, please complete our online form below.
Alternatively, if you would like to speak with a member of our team please contact us by emailing email@example.com, call 01724 297024, text ‘Lodgings’ to 84433 or attend one of our information events. More information about our information events are available on our Fostering page.