Housing and homelessness: Housing support to assist and sustain independent living on leaving care. Providing access to supported accommodation, emergency short term or more long term bond schemes. Raising awareness through educational visits and improving the understanding of risks.
Leaving care: Supporting the transition from Care to independent living, with follow on services providing skills, knowledge and access to 1:1 advice. Including access to supported lodgings, help getting a job and on the Job Training.
Supported Lodgings - Helping young people reach their potential
South Coast Supported Lodgings is a Barnardo's-run service that supports young people aged 16-21 who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless or leaving care.
Each young person is paired with a suitable host who provides lodgings and support in their own home. In addition, they have the support of a key worker to help them live more independently and achieve their full potential
South Coast Supported Lodgings is a service where a host offers accommodation to a young person in their own home. The host provides emotional support, with a view to increasing confidence and readiness to move on to more independent accommodation.
The young people referred to our scheme come from a variety of backgrounds, including those at risk of homelessness, care leavers and asylum seekers/refugees. The service supports young people who would like to engage in a home environment to learn and practice skills for independence.
Our hosts help the young people who stay with them to become more confident and prepare for independent living. Hosts support young people with basic practical skills such as cooking, shopping and budgeting. They also help them to develop personal and social skills and to get into education, training or employment. This is an opportunity for each young person to experience the support of an interested adult who can be a positive role model in their life.
Referrals - Are you a Local Authority looking to refer a young person?
The scheme is a spot-purchase model with local authorities paying a weekly spot purchase price for their young person to be housed and supported in lodgings. An additional weekly cost is involved for young people who are unable to claim housing benefit (eg. asylum seekers).
Upon receiving a referral, our staff carry out a thorough assessment of the young person’s needs with the view of matching them to the most appropriate host. The young person will have the opportunity to meet any potential host and view their home before choosing to move in. Your young person will benefit from the following during placement:
The young people referred to our scheme can face disadvantages in their adult life without adequate preparation for independent living. We know a host can make a huge difference to the life of a vulnerable young person.
As a host, you may need to support with basic practical skills such as budgeting, cooking and shopping to help the young person live independently. They may also need help to develop social skills or to access training or employment.
Our staff carry out a thorough assessment, DBS and reference checks on all applicants. Potential hosts are also required to attend our flexible induction training programme. Approved hosts benefit from bespoke training, a dedicated key worker, 24/7 support and also receive an allowance of £150 per week for providing lodgings and support for the young person. We are currently looking for enthusiastic hosts who live in the Sussex area.