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Supported Lodgings Scheme

Approved Lodgings Scheme

The Supported Lodgings Scheme in Pembrokeshire aims to bridge the gap to independent living for young people leaving foster care.

Many young people who leave foster care or who can no longer stay at home are aged just 16 or 17. Their experiences, and the difficulties they face, tell us that they are often not reay to cope on their own.

The scheme aims to give young people the chance to develop the practical skills and emotional stability they will need to make the transition into adulthood, and to make a success of living independently.

How you can help?

We need local people to become involved in the supported lodgings scheme.

If you:

  • have a spare room in your house
  • are willing to welcome a young perons in need into your home
  • are able to provide encouragement, support and guidance

you could make a positive difference to the life of a young person.

Who can be a supported lodgings provider?

We have a range of young people who need supported lodgings, so we are looking for a wide range of providers.

You could be:

  • a family, a single person or a couple living together
  • from an ethnic background
  • young or old
  • heterosexual, lesbian gay or bisexual
  • disabled or able-bodied
  • working or unemployed
  • home owner or tenant (Council or Housing)

Qualities

You don't need qualifications to become a supported lodgings provider but we do ask for some special skills and qualities

If you:

  • get on with teenagers
  • are warm, caring and patient
  • have a sense of humour
  • could be a young peron's advocate
  • have an understanding of the difficulities facing care leavers
  • want to make a positive difference

The only restrictions to becoming a provider are:

  • you must have a spare room in your home
  • you must be in good health
  • there must be nothing in your background which would suggest that any young perons in your care could be at risk of harm or abuse

Young people who need supported lodgings may sometimes have been through difficult life experiences and some may have specific support needs.

We will provide you with the training you need and ongoing support during your time as a provider.

Each young person leaving foster care will also be supported by a social worker.

Some young people will need more help with practical tasks such as cooking, budgeting or shopping economically. Others will need emotional support. Many will need both.

The idea is that the young people gradually take on more responsibility for looking after themselves until they reach the point where they feel confident about their ability to cope on their own.

What's in it for you?

Providing supported lodgings can offer all sorts of rewards for the people that get involved.

There is a great sense of satisfaction in knowing that you are doing something that can make such a positive difference to a young person's life.

Without your help at this crucial time in their lives they may never develop the skills and confidence they need to live independently in the future.

The scheme also offers financial support to cover the use of the room, heating, lighting, food and other day to day expenses.

The young person will be given pocket money to cover the cost of their toiletries, entertainment etc

 

To find out more call now on 01437 77 46 50 or email fostering@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

 

 

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