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Supported lodgings

If you're unsure if you're ready to foster, you could start by welcoming a young person aged 16 or over into your home. Help a young person adapt to adulthood.

Supported lodgings

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If you're unsure if you're ready to foster, you could start by welcoming a young person aged 16 or over into your home. We call this supported lodging.

It protects anyone who is leaving a local council's care or who is at risk of homelessness. By welcoming a young person into your home, you can provide emotional support and help them learn the everyday, practical skills they will need for adult life.

All you need is a spare room in your safe and supportive family home and the time to teach simple skills to a young person.

Everybody is different, but they may need help with:

  • getting into education, training or work
  • managing money
  • learning to cook and do housework
  • attending appointments
  • building confidence
  • finding a home

What qualities do you need?

  • provide stability, emotional support and a nurturing environment to inspire a young person
  • make time for a young person when they need it and help them feel safe
  • be calm in a crisis, patient, trustworthy and reliable
  • be non-judgmental and understanding
  • create and build a mutually respectful relationship
  • create a positive and fun environment
  • encourage the young person to live independently
  • provide opportunities for the young person to learn practical skills such as cooking, cleaning, shopping and learning to manage a budget
  • provide support to help the young person develop social skills and integrate into their community

Who can be a supported lodgings carer?

Supported lodgings providers do not need any special qualifications, but you need to:

  • be aged 21 or over with no upper age limit
  • have a spare room
  • go through a few initial checks before they are assessed
  • have some experience of caring for young people

We will consider supported lodgings providers who are:

  • of any sexual orientation or gender identity
  • married, single, in a civil partnership, living with a partner, divorced or widowed
  • a home-owner or renting
  • of any religion or no religion
  • employed or not working
  • of any ethnicity
  • disabled
  • with or without children already

We'll provide:

  • a placement worker to expertly match a young person to you
  • weekly payments to cover the costs of hosting a young person
  • ongoing training and support for the duration of the placement

How to apply

If you're interested in becoming a supported lodging provider for us, you can ask us a question and apply online.

Apply now