Step by Step and West Berkshire Supported Lodgings Scheme
West Berkshire Council, with its service provider Step by Step, is looking to recruit additional Supported Lodgings Hosts.Supported Lodgings is a scheme set up to provide young people at risk of homelessness with accommodation within people's homes, these people are known as Hosts.
Could you play a part in empowering a young people facing homelessness and support them to achieve their full potential? If you are interested in finding out about how to become a Supported Lodgings Host, drop-in and have an informal chat with the friendly Step by Step team.
Have a spare room in your home
and enjoy the company of young people?
· A positive person
· Patient and caring
· A good communicator and listener
· Calm and non-judgmental
· And have a good sense of humour?
· Develop a young person's confidence
· Give 1-2 hours support a day
· Improve their day-to-day living skills
· Be an advocate and a friend
· And support them to become more independent?
Frequently asked questions...
Why do young people need Supported Lodgings?
Some young people that have been in care or have been forced to leave home due to family problems often find themselves struggling to cope alone. Step by Step and their team of Hosts bridge the gap between home or being in care and living independently in the community. The young people that are placed with Hosts benefit from being able to develop their Independent living skills whilst living with a responsible adult.
Who can become a Supported Lodgings Host?
Supported Lodgings Hosts come from all walks of life and backgrounds, so there are no restrictions based on your age or ethnicity, it doesn't matter if you are single, married or living as a couple, heterosexual or gay, have children living at home or don't have children or own your own home or live in rented accommodation.
Are there any reasons why I can't become a Supported Lodgings Host?
Extensive references are required for all prospective Hosts, including police checks but only certain serious criminal convictions would prevent you from becoming a Host. A Step by Step Support Worker can explain the assessment process in more detail when you make an enquiry.
What services is the Supported Lodgings Host required to deliver?
The Host, with the support of a Supported Lodgings Support Worker, will support the young person to develop the skills needed to live independently. The level of support will be agreed before the young person moves in but might include...
· Helping the young person to plan and cook healthy meals
· Budgeting their money appropriately
· Supporting them with college, university or job applications
Are there different types of Supported Lodgings placements?
Yes, and you will be able to choose the type of placements that you would like to provide and meet the young person before they move in. The different types of placements include...
· Mid-long term placements: on average, 6-9 months but up to 2 years
· Short-term placements: a couple of nights to a couple of months
· Mother and baby: On average, these placements last 6 months
What are the benefits of becoming a Supported Lodgings Host?
· You will receive monthly financial support for each young person staying with you, starting at £820 a month
· There is on-going training, guidance, advice and support every step of the way
· Being a Host can be very rewarding and can be carried out alongside a full time job
How do I find out more about becoming a Supported Lodgings Host?
The first step is to have an informal chat with the Step by Step Supported Lodgings Team.
Contact Marie Glover at Step by Step
Phone: 07515 051888
To find out more about Step by Step and Supported Lodgings visit www.stepbystep.org.uk