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Do you have what it takes to be a Supported Lodgings Provider?

09 March 2022

If you’re looking to make a difference this year, why not apply to become a Supported Lodgings provider, to help young people make that great leap into independence?

Herefordshire Council are looking for individuals and families who can provide safe accommodation and support to young people whilst they develop the skills to live independently.

Supported Lodgings is an important stepping stone for young people age 16+, who are leaving care or homeless, and have not yet had the opportunity to hone the life skills they need to move forward positively.

There is no typical Supported Lodgings Provider (SLP). Applicants from all walks of life are welcomed, as a diverse range of providers enables us to find the right fit for the young people we work with.

"This is about letting teenagers find their feet in a safe environment - you need to be supportive but not controlling, and understand the challenges that young people face".

What's involved?

You don’t need to own your home – you just need a spare room or annexe. You don’t need to have had children of your own, as long as you have experience of working with young people and are able to engage with them effectively.

What you will need is patience, commitment, understanding, confidence, tolerance, flexibility, positivity and a good sense of humour. This is a rewarding but sometimes challenging role, so the right attributes are essential to provide the level of emotional support and guidance needed.

"It's so rewarding when they achieve personal goals, whether in education, work or successful relationships".

Good life experience is important too as you will need to be able to help the young person develop practical skills such as:

  • Accessing further education, training, apprenticeships or employment
  • Food planning, cooking, cleaning and laundry
  • Financial management and budgeting
  • Accessing housing and benefits
  • Health management

Supported Lodgings Providers receive weekly payments to cover rent, food and utilities, the support of a dedicated social worker and other providers, and other related benefits.

Are you interested? 

If you have the attributes and commitment to be a Supported Lodgings Provider, Herefordshire Council would love to hear from you.

Visit the Herefordshire Council website or call Sally on 01432 383 240 or email for more information.

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