Solihull Supported Lodgings Scheme
St Basils are recruiting people to provide short term accommodation in their own home for vulnerable young people. We are looking for caring people who have the skills and a strong commitment to be able to provide accommodation and support to a young person aged 16/17 (but may be up to 21). If you live in the Solihull area, have a spare room, and you feel you have the necessary skills and commitment we want to hear from you!
You will receive a fee of no less than £150 a week as well as training and support. For an application pack ring St Basils on 772 2483 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.For informal enquiries and to find out more about this scheme, ring Yvette John on 0121 772 2483.
This scheme is working in partnership with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.
What is Supported Lodgings?
The St Basils Home2Home Supported Lodgings Scheme aims to recruit people (hosts) from within the community and from all walks of life who have a passion and desire to make a difference in a young person's life.
Hosts will provide a young person with accommodation within their home and support them to develop all the necessary skills they will need to move on to independent living.
Why do young people need supported lodgings?
Some young people are unable to live at home with their families for a number of reasons including:
- Bereavement of parents
- Family breakdown
- Young people at risk of physical, sexual harm or emotional abuse
Either leaving care or no longer able to live at home, some young people are not ready to live on their own and are extremely vulnerable. Many lack the confidence and basic life skills to live independently. This can sometimes result in challenging and traumatic experiences. They are often on their own and as a result may experience long lasting disadvantage such as low academic achievement, poor quality of health and life, low employment prospects and even homelessness. We need hosts who could offer a period of stability to those young people whilst helping them to develop practical skills, emotional stability, and give encouragement and guidance to be able to live independently and achieve their personal potential.
What are the benefits of becoming a supported lodgings host?
Being a supported lodgings host can offer many rewards:
- You will receive a weekly fee of £150
- You will receive a support package which will include training, opportunities to network, social activities and invitations to events
- You and the young person will be supported throughout the placement
- You will get satisfaction knowing that you helped a young person develop into a responsible adult, who has made the most of the opportunity you have opened up for them
- Through your support the young person will gain the skills and ability to move on to independently living
Updated May 2012