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The supported lodgings scheme provides semi-independent accommodation for young people aged 16-20 who are looked after by Hertfordshire County Council.
Young people move to supported lodgings from a variety of settings such as children’s homes, foster care and from placements outside Hertfordshire. The main aim of supported lodgings is to provide a safe and supported setting to help young people make a successful transition from public care to independent living.
Who can offer supported lodgings?
We need people of all ages, races, religions, cultures, background and sexual orientation to be supported lodgings carers reflecting the diverse communities within Hertfordshire. You could be single, married, living with a partner, with or without children, disabled, working, retired or unemployed.
You can become a supported lodgings carer if you:
- have a spare room in your house
- have an interest in and commitment to helping young people
- are able to welcome a young person in to your home and provide support and guidance
- live in Hertfordshire or the surrounding area.
Being a supported lodgings carer offers a variety of rewards and often provides a sense of satisfaction knowing that you have helped a young person make a successful start in life. It can also be a challenge. Having a flexible approach, a sense of humour and an understanding of young people will help with the challenge.
Support for carers
Supported lodgings carers are provided with an allowance that covers accommodation and food costs, utility costs and support time to assist the young person. Supported lodgings carers have a named support worker who will provide regular visits, support and access to training.
Support for young people
Young people have a named leaving care worker who is responsible for helping them to prepare for leaving care and supporting them once they are living independently.
Young people under the age of 18 are provided with a number of financial grants and a weekly independent living allowance. Young people over the age of 18 receive financial support via a combination of independent living and education allowances, earnings and benefits.
During their stay in supported lodgings young people will be encouraged to develop the life skills they need to manage independent living. Young people will have a Pathway Plan that sets out how they will be assisted to get the most out of supported lodgings and how Hertfordshire County Council will help with move-on accommodation, life skills including budgeting and finance, staying in touch with family, social activities and health issues. All young people are encouraged to be involved in education, training or employment whilst living in supported lodgings.
For more information on the supported lodgings scheme call 0800 9170925.