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Supported lodgings


Supported lodgings is a scheme set up by us to provide housing within people's homes for vulnerable young people aged 16+ and those leaving care. The length of stay can vary from short to longer periods up to two years.

Young people in supported lodgings

Why do young people need supported lodgings?

Some young people are not able to live at home and would benefit from developing their independence whilst living with a responsible adult in the safety and security of their home.

Who can be a supported lodgings provider?

We are looking for carers from all kinds of backgrounds. You can be:

  • Single, married or divorced
  • Have a disability
  • Gay or lesbian
  • Renting or owning your home
  • A parent with your own children
  • At home or in full time employment

We require carers to be over 21 years but there is no upper age limit, as long as you are fit and healthy.

Are there any reasons why I can't become a supported lodgings provider?

Extensive references are required for all prospective supported lodgings providers, including police checks. Only certain serious criminal convictions will automatically disqualify you.

What are the benefits of becoming a supported lodgings provider?

  • You will be paid for the support you offer
  • You will be provided with professional training and development
  • You will be paid rent for the use of the room
  • You will be supported and supervised throughout the placement
  • You will have the self satisfaction of having helped a young person develop and look after themselves

What do I need to become a supported lodgings provider?

  • A spare room and a willingness to share your home with a young person between the ages of 16-25
  • An interest and concern for the welfare of young people
  • A commitment to treating young people with respect, care and sensitivity
  • An ability to communicate effectively with young people
  • Patience, compassion, understanding and a good sense of humour

Your questions answered

What is the difference between supported lodgings and fostering?

Supported lodgings are not regarded as providing a substantive family to the young person, but rather a way of providing practical and emotional assistance to help them develop independence skills so that they can eventually live on their own.

What I am expected to provide?

You are expected to provide a key to your home, a room , access to a bathroom, kitchen, laundry facilities and support to develop independent living skills.

What if I plan to go on holiday?

We will work with the young person and their workers to make alternative accommodation arrangements for the young person whilst you are away.

What if I smoke?

We would prefer that you don't smoke, but if you do then we would expect that you would try to discourage a young person from smoking and not allow anyone under the age of 18 to smoke in your home.

What if I have health concerns?

All enquiries are considered on an individual basis. However, as long as your health concerns are not life threatening and our medical advisors consider that they will not impact on your capacity to be an effective supported lodgings carer, then we will be happy to consider your application.

What happens next?

Interested? If you are interested in becoming a supported lodgings provider please contact us.