Supported lodgings

Supported lodgings

Could you find a room in your home for a young person?

What is supported lodging?

Supported lodgings help  young people aged 16+ by providing them with a safe environment to live in. Lodgings providers use empty rooms in their property for a young person to live in.

We are seeking carers in Bournemouth and Poole to offer accommodation in a home environment to young people aged 16+ through our Supported Lodgings Scheme.

It’s similar to fostering with the aim of providing security, stability and confidence for the young person to develop life skills as they move towards independence.

So could you be a carer?

We don’t ask that you have any particular qualifications, but we think you should have some of the special qualities.

Supported Lodgings hosts come from all types of backgrounds, and therefore working patterns, income, ethnicity, gender and age are not usually barriers and neither is having a disability or whether or not you own your own home. You just need to have a spare room and show that you are caring, a good listener and willing to give time to support a young person in need.

Young people may need a place to live because

  • their relationships with parents have broken down
  • they are unaccompanied asylum seekers aged 16 or 17.

Supporting young people in this way is an exciting and rewarding experience.

What support will I receive?

You’ll need to go through an approval process, but once approved you’ll be offered comprehensive training, a financial package, day-to-day support from an accommodation officer, alongside advice and guidance from our team.

To find out more please call Neil Sanger on 01202 735046 for an informal chat or
Email n.sanger@poole.gov.uk

You can read case studies from our carers which help give an insight into what it is really like to foster.