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Supported lodgings

Bridging the gap to independent living

Supported Lodgings

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.

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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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Providers are paid an allowance of £180 each week in return for the accommodation and support they give to a young person.

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Register your interest in supported lodgings

If you think you could provide a safe, secure family environment for a young person, please contact us. We will talk to you in more detail about how it works.

As you would expect, we carry out a number of interviews and references checks, including police checks, on prospective supported lodgings carers.

You can contact us in the following ways:

supportedlodgings@wiltshire.gov.uk
01225 716510
Wiltshire Council
Supported Lodgings
Placement Services
County Hall
Bythesea Road
Trowbridge
BA14 8JN

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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 £180 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 will can give expert advice, guidance and support.

To find out more, contact supportedlodgings@wiltshire.gov.uk or call 01225 716510.

Last updated: 9 March 2017 | Last reviewed: 9 March 2017