What are Supported Lodgings?
We often get asked if this is like ‘fostering’ but it isn’t. It’s about providing a safe place for a young person to call home and helping them with everyday skills. We’ve put together a comprehensive Host Pack which can help you decide.
How do I know if I have the right skills to offer supported lodgings?
As a person who may have brought up a family, worked etc., it is likely that you will already have required many of the skills in your daily life, but we will also provide training.
Will I be supporting the young person?
We have dedicated Support Workers who provide regular support for the young person, and work with them to develop their independent living skills to prepare them for when they move into their own home. Your role will be to provide a place of safety and to help the young person with everyday skills such as filling in forms, making appointments and preparing meals.
What support will I get?
We provide a comprehensive training package and we have a dedicated Host Support Worker who will help with any queries you have
Will I get financial support?
Yes. You will receive a weekly amount of £180 from us whilst you have a young person with you and £10 directly from them.
What happens if I decide to become a Host?
When you tell us that you are interested in becoming a Host, we’ll arrange a convenient time to visit you at home. We do need to see the room the young person will be using, do some routine checks and tell you more about the role. If you are happy to go ahead, we will start the application process. Our Host Pack has all the information you need.
What happens if I don’t want to continue providing lodgings for someone?
If you decide that you no longer want to provide a placement for a young person, just let us know and we provide an alternative for them as soon as we can. Our experience shows that this rarely happens as the support we give both to yourself and the young person sorts out most problems as they arise.
I still have some questions, is there someone I can talk to?
Of course! You can find out more by calling us on 01706 216600 and we will answer any questions you have. Agreeing to help is a big decision so you need to know what providing supported lodgings will mean for you and your family.