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Meet the families helping young people in care live independently

People interested in helping young people in care move into independent living are invited to a special information evening.

The event, on Thursday 20th July, from 6pm to 8pm at Staffordshire Place 1 in Stafford, will give people the chance to find out more about becoming a supported lodgings host.

Supported Lodgings is an alternative to foster care and offers young people aged 16 to 19 the opportunity to live in a family environment but where they are given more independence.

As a Supported Lodgings Host, people will pass on practical skills such as cooking, cleaning and budgeting which the young person will need when they move out to live on their own.

Meet host, Tina Thatcher who said:

“I’ve been a foster carer for many years before starting to specialise in supported lodgings.  It’s a bit like a bridge supporting young people between leaving foster care and living independently. Leaving care can be a real shock for some young people and this scheme helps them adjust and learn the skills to be able to live on their own.  The young person lives with you for around 12-24 months and during that time you’re passing on vital skills like cooking, cleaning and household budgeting etc.”

Mark Sutton, Cabinet Member for Children at Staffordshire County Council is encouraging people to come along to the event. Mark said:

“Being a supported lodging host is a great way of supporting a young person to gain the practical skills they need to live independently.

“There’s no such thing as a ‘typical’ Host and all sorts of people can make great Hosts.  As long as you have a spare bedroom and you’re committed to helping a young person realise their potential, you could be just what we are looking for.

“If you think it’s for you, then come along to the event.”

Supported Lodgings hosts get regular support and access to training from professional staff along with a placement allowance of £180 per week.  The young person will also have their own social worker and/or personal advisor.

The drop in event is informal with the chance to talk to staff and an existing supported lodgings host.  People can also find out more at http://www.care4child.org/supportedlodgings, or by calling 0800 169 2061.