Saturday, October 1, 2022

Help a young person – become a supported lodgings host

Could you help shape and support the life of a young person? If so, North Lincolnshire Council need you and your skills to help provide supported lodgings in North Lincolnshire. The council are providing opportunities to help change a life and support young people as they move towards independence.

The North Lincolnshire guide to young people provides more information on supporting their path to independence and you can find out more details during North Lincolnshire Supported Lodgings Week, 22 August to 28 August 2022.

The theme for this year is ‘Who taught you?’, which focuses on key skills young people are taught to give them independence from doing the washing to managing money.

Being a supported lodgings host is a great opportunity to help a young person on their way to independence and hosts often feedback that they get as much from taking part in the scheme as the young people they help. Current supported lodgings hosts have shared their experiences:

  • “It’s a great scheme and I hope more people give it some thought. It’s nice to feel you’ve done a bit of good and made somebody feel as happy as possible.”
  • “It’s seeing them move on and succeed, knowing I’ve had an impact that makes it feel worthwhile for me.”
  • “I got a call the other day from a young person who was placed with us. He’s got his own place, is working full-time, and is settled. He just rang to say, ‘thank you’, but it meant so much more to us.”

Supported lodging hosts have a range of support to be successful and this includes:

  • A weekly Supported Lodgings Allowance in addition to room rent
  • A dedicated support worker to provide ongoing support and guidance
  • A detailed training plan
  • Support groups for further help and advice

If you think you could support a young person in your home and help them develop key skills, why not find out more during Supported Lodgings Week?

Throughout the week, drop-in sessions have been organised for people to find out more about becoming a supported lodgings host and ask any questions they have. The sessions are at:

  • Brigg Garden Centre on Monday 22 August from 9am to 5pm
  • The Pods on Tuesday 23 August from 9am to 5pm
  • Morrisons, Scunthorpe on Wednesday 24 August from 9am to 3pm
  • The Range, Scunthorpe on Friday 26 August from 9am to 5pm

On Wednesday 24 August, anyone interested in asking questions about supported lodgings who can’t attend the drop-ins, can join in a WhatsApp chat with a fostering social worker between 5pm and 7pm. To take part message 07443267697 on WhatsApp.

Cllr Julie Reed, cabinet member for children and families, said: “Supported lodgings provides a vital role in many young peoples’ lives and helps them gain independence. We are looking for more people to open up their homes to provide a safe place for young people to grow and develop.

“Throughout North Lincolnshire Supported Lodgings Week the team will be out across North Lincolnshire providing drop-in sessions for anyone who would like to find out more about supported lodgings. They will be happy to answer your questions to help you decide if it is right for you.”

The supported lodgings scheme is designed to provide a stepping-stone placement for young people aged 16 to 24, on their route to independence.

Young people require stepping-stone placements to gain advice and support from a caring adult. This allows them to move confidently into independent living as and when they feel prepared. Some individuals may be care leavers and for others it may be impossible to return to the family home. The aim is to provide them with a comfortable room within a safe environment where they can develop the everyday life skills that they may not have previously experienced.

A supported lodgings host will help a young person to:

  • Sustain positive employment, further education and/or training
  • Improve emotional wellbeing
  • Develop the practical, social and emotional skills needed for independence
  • Reduce their vulnerability and loneliness and achieve social integration
  • Reduce their need to stay in unsupported or insecure accommodation

To find out more about becoming a supported lodgings host and what it involves, visit www.northlincs.gov.uk/supported-lodgings, email fostering@northlincs.gov.uk or call 01724 297024.

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