A charity is appealing for more people in Skegness to give up a spare bedroom for a homeless child.
The Barnardo’s Supported Lodgings service in Lincolnshire is asking people to open up their home to a young person leaving care and support them so they can move on to independent living.
Operating from offices in Lincoln, Sleaford, Louth and Peterborough the service provides ‘supported lodgings’ for young people all over Lincolnshire who need a period of stability in their lives after coming out of the care system, whether that is in foster care or a children’s home.
Providers come from all walks of life and are a mixture of single people, couples and families. They need to be patient, have a good sense of humour and an understanding of young people and their needs. Support costs are paid to providers along with rent and a contribution towards their bills.
Supported Lodgings Service Manager Jackie Taylor-Johnson, said: “The Supported Lodgings Scheme is not just about finding young people a roof over their head. It’s about providing a family home environment where young care leavers can flourish - with the guidance and supportive extra care that goes with it.
“Although the young people are approaching adulthood and don’t need formal parenting, they do benefit from having a positive adult role model looking out for them.”
If you would like more information on becoming a Supported Lodgings Provider in Lincolnshire, please email SupportedLodgingsLincolnshire@barnardos.org.uk