Could you put your spare room to a good use by becoming a Supported Lodgings provider?
You would be offering a room, safety and security to a vulnerable young person approaching adulthood.
Supported Lodgings provides accommodation in family homes for young people aged between 16 and 21 (or up to 24 in higher education) for whom West Sussex County Council (WSCC) has a responsibility. They may be care leavers or not able to live with their own family currently.
Supported Lodgings prepares them for adult life by helping them to develop the skills they will need while living in a safe, stable and supportive place.
Ria has been providing Supported Lodgings to young people in West Sussex for around three years.
She said: “It’s really about giving support to them and teaching them to become independent before they step out into the big, wide world.
“That can vary from teaching them about general things, like cleaning, to helping them manage their money by showing them how to handle bills.
“It can also be about giving them emotional support, especially if they are coming out of care or a foster home. They are still young, so it’s just being there for them.
“It’s a brilliant way to help a young person – really rewarding, especially when you see them go on to lead an independent life successfully. It can be quite emotional.”
Debbie Kennard, County Council Deputy Cabinet Member for Start of Life-Children, said: “Supported Lodgings is a hugely important service as it provides a home for our young people who may have just left care, but aren’t yet ready to live on their own.
“If you have a spare bedroom and think you could help a young person, why not consider becoming a Supported Lodgings provider?
“Full training and support is given to help you provide the guidance, understanding and emotional supported needed.
“Our providers come from all walks of life and all backgrounds. What they have in common is patience, resilience and understanding.”
All Supported Lodgings providers have their own allocated Family Placement Support Worker and receive on-going training and financial allowances to meet the needs of the young people in their care.
To find out more phone 01403 229400 or visit the WSCC website