A virtual event is being held at 6.30pm on Wednesday (Sept 29) for anyone who would like to know more about being a supported lodgings provider.
Leicestershire County Council is currently looking to recruit 15 new supported lodgings providers for young people in care, who are not quite ready to go out into the world alone.
Supported Lodgings providers offer a spare bedroom and support with essential life skills, such as cooking and managing finances, to a young person over 16, in a safe and stable family environment.
Many carers work full-time, but also have time to offer support to a young person. These carers will receive an allowance of £248.25 per week, per young person placed with them, along with support and guidance from the team.
Anyone who is interested can take part in the event and hear from current carers and the council’s fostering team about the scheme
Seventeen-year-old Luke Barrett is among the many teenagers to benefit from the scheme and has been living in supported lodgings with Kathy and Arthur Campbell.
I had no boundaries when I came here and my diabetes was all over the place. Person:Luke, who has benefited from supported lodgings
“With support and rules implemented, I’m a completely different person and I can honestly say that it’s the best thing that has ever happened to me. I have completed numerous online courses and I am part of the family.
“I am thankful that young people have places like supported lodgings to live in and develop their independence. Thank you.
Councillor Deborah Taylor, county council cabinet member for children and families, added: “Being a supported lodgings provider is a rewarding and flexible way to support an older teenager, and give them a helping hand into adulthood.”
A video Luke made about his experiences of living in supported lodgings is available on YouTube