What is supported lodgings?
Our supported lodgings scheme has been providing supportive homes for young people aged 16 to 21 since 2003.
The scheme is aimed at young people who are unable to live at home with their families for a variety of reasons; family breakdown, bereavement or risk of harm.
The idea is simple. Rather than place young people in a hostel or bed & breakfast, we recruit local people (providers) to host them in their homes until they’re ready to move into their own place. Placements usually last around six months to two years.
Evidence shows us that young people who live in a supportive home often achieve better personal, social and educational outcomes than if housed elsewhere.
The Goal - Independent Living
The goal of the supported lodgings scheme is to help a young person live independently. The idea is that once they’ve lived with you, they become independent and live on their own. Our providers play a crucial role in developing these independent living skills. Quite often the young people we place have experienced a difficult past and can be extremely vulnerable. They may appear confident, but often don’t yet have the skills and confidence to successfully live alone. Without a safe place to live, and the guidance of a caring and responsible adult, there’s a chance many young people may fail, ending up homeless, jobless and with little hope of things improving.
Could you be a supported lodgings provider?
Our supported lodgings providers come from many age groups and areas of the community. Single people, couples and families are all eligible to become providers. It can be very demanding, but can also be very rewarding. It doesn’t matter if you’re employed or have never taken care of a young person before.
No specific skills or qualifications are needed to become a supported lodgings provider. Everyone is assessed on their own merits and ability to provide quality support for young people.
You must be over 25 and enjoy the company of, and be willing to share your home with a young person and can offer:
- A comfortable room of their own in your house Access to shared facilities, kitchen, bathroom, living area
- Emotional and practical support to a young person preparing for independent living
- Advocacy and help in a way that allows young people to grow into confident young adults, ready for their own independent accommodation
- Mentoring, respect and to lead by example and address inappropriate behaviours where needed
- A commitment towards equality of opportunity for young people
What’s it like?
All young people are different so each placement varies. Many young people just need a safe place to live, guidance and help with their self-confidence. Others will need more emotional support and boundary setting to help them develop and mature and adopt appropriate behaviours.
Many of our young people are already independent and able to look after themselves (do their own cooking, washing etc.) while others need support to develop these and other practical skills.
“Having a young person in our house has been very rewarding for
all our family”
Dave – Supported Lodgings Provider
Along with his wife Pauline and own children, Dave is one of our longest standing supported lodgings provider, having given his support to many young people over the past 10 years. Dave’s young people have varied greatly over the years, but he’s always given them a supportive environment in which to flourish.
Providers are given a weekly allowance to meet general living expenses plus a payment for the rent of a room in your home.
- Initial preparation stage including safeguarding, diversity, sex and relationships, drug and alcohol training
- Ongoing support and help during the placement
- Companionship of a young person in your home
- Experience of working with young people
- Dedicated support professional on call to help
- Contributing to giving a young person a positive start to adult life
How to Apply
If you feel you would like to learn more about becoming a supported lodgings provider, then we’d love to hear from you.
Before you apply – checklist
- Be over 25
- Have a spare room in your home, which is furnished and maintained to a decent standard
- Be prepared for us to learn more about you and your family through our assessment process
- Have some awareness of the needs of young people
- Be patient and understanding
- Be able to actively listen to young people and respond thoughtfully
- Be happy to communicate and work in partnership with other agencies
- Be resilient with an ability to overcome problems
- Be willing to learn and develop new knowledge and skills
Register you interest today
Other ways you can help us to help young people
PHASE relies on volunteers to help us with our mission of helping young people in Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire.
Becoming a PHASE volunteer can be very rewarding experience, from furniture donations to helping with DIY, gardening or mentoring young people. A warm welcome awaits.