What is Supported Lodgings?
Trafford Supported Lodgings Scheme is part of Trafford's Children and Young People's Service. The scheme recruits local people - 'Lodgings Providers' who can provide safe, secure and supportive accommodation within their own homes to young people aged 16-25. The young people may be in supported lodgings for a variety of reasons e.g. leaving care, family breakdown, bereavement, risk of harm - but all require emotional support and practical guidance in order to develop the skills and confidence to live independently.
Who can be a Lodgings Provider?
Young people come from all walks of life so we need Lodgings Providers from a variety of backgrounds. You may be:
- A family, single person or couple
- From any ethnic background
- Young or old
- Working or not working
- With or without children
- Heterosexual, lesbian, gay or bisexual
- Disabled or able-bodied
To ensure that safety of young people we carry out a range of police, health and other checks.
Do I need any special skills or qualities?
Being a Supported Lodgings Provider is not about having any particular qualifications but we ask that you:
- Get on with teenagers and enjoy their company
- Can provide a clean, comfortable room within a safe and secure home
- Are warm, caring and patient
- Have a non-judgemental attitude
- Flexibility to adapt to the needs of individual young people
- Want to help a young person succeed
What's in it for me?
- A rewarding experience - being a Lodgings Provider can give you a sense of satisfaction knowing that you are making a positive difference to the life of a young person.
- Support and training - The scheme will offer you training and support to help you in your role of Lodgings Provider.
- An opportunity to earn some extra money - Lodgings Providers receive financial support.