What is supported lodgings?
Supported lodging is a way of providing young people aged 16 to 21 with a form of independent living within a safe, secure family environment.
Who needs supported lodgings?
Many of the young people needing supported lodgings have been in foster care and need support to help prepare them for living on their own. Supported lodgings acts as a stepping stone for young people to acquire the necessary skills needed to make the transition from childhood (dependence) to adulthood (independence). We also provide supported lodging for 16-17-year-old vulnerable young people in need.
What do supported lodgings providers do?
Supported lodgings provides accommodation and supports the young person to acquire the necessary skills needed to make the transition from childhood to adulthood; skills such as budgeting, cooking, household tasks, and education and employment.
Who can provide supported lodgings?
Supported lodging providers come from all walks of life and backgrounds. It doesn’t matter if you are married, single or living as a couple. You do not need to own your own house and you could be in full time employment and still provide supported lodgings.
We are looking for people who:
- Have a spare room
- Enjoy working with teenagers
- Are willing to provide a young person with some practical and emotional support
- Are caring and understanding
Ongoing support is provided for both you and the young person, including regular supervision and contact with an allocated social worker. Training will also be provided.
In addition, the young person will also have a personal advisor to help and support them throughout their time with you.
Register your interest in supported lodgings
Step by Step’s supported lodgings service helps young people aged 16 to 21 into independent living by offering lodgings in a fully assessed, safe and caring home environment. Step by Step and their team of hosts bridge the gap between home, or being in care, and living independently.
If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a host, you can register your interest on the Step by Step website.
Unaccompanied asylum seeking young people
We are working with the Home Office and partner agencies to provide accommodation for young people who have entered the UK seeking asylum. These young people are typically 16 to 17 year old boys from countries such as Afghanistan, Eritrea, Sudan and Syria, with little or no English.
The local authority has a responsibility to provide appropriate care and accommodation to these unaccompanied minors and supported lodgings is often a good option for ensuring they have the care and support they need.
Young asylum seekers accommodated by the local authority have often experienced very difficult times. They need a supportive home to ensure their needs are met and to help integrate into their local community and British society.
Supported lodgings providers are given a weekly allowance of £200 to help cover the costs of the support they provide. You will be supported by children's services and will have your own social worker who can give expert advice, guidance and support.