Appeals for supported lodgings to help young care leavers

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Could you provide accommodation and support for a young Cornish care leaver?  

The Cornwall Council 16+ Team is looking to recruit at least 15 new supported lodgings landlords to provide support to 16/17-year-old young people during their transition to adulthood and independence. 

As a 16+ Supported Lodgings provider you would be helping these young people prepare for the transition to full independent living.

Cabinet Member for Children, Public Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Sally Hawken said: “We are committed to supporting all Cornish care leavers to live in safe and suitable accommodation and the 16+ Supported Lodgings Scheme is a fundamental aspect of this.

“Our aim is to ensure that young people leaving care have the opportunity to develop their self-care and independence skills with the support of a caring landlord.

“A 16+ Supported Lodgings provider is expected to offer the young person their own bedroom, 12 hours a week of support and one main meal a day.”

Supported Lodgings providers need to be young person friendly, be able to work in partnership with the Local Authority, be caring, have a sense of humour and be prepared to have a listening ear.  In return you would receive free training, support from the 16+ Supported Lodgings team and a weekly payment for each young person lodging with you. 

One care leaver living in lodgings commented: “I get a lot of support, like with cooking, I have learnt how to not burn eggs and beans and the provider is there if you need to talk to them.  Lodgings were different to foster care, it’s a lot more independent with more responsibility. I have to do things for myself. I have become more confident.”

The Cornwall Council 16+ Team, work in partnership with Carefree, an independent Cornish charity to improve the life chances of young people living in and leaving Local Authority care in Cornwall. 

Nicola Penfold, Cornwall Council’s 16 Plus Supported Lodgings Manager, said: “Supported Lodgings are a fantastic way of offering young people that bridge between being in care and going on to live independently.

“The team that surrounds them can offer help and advice on a number of vital issues, such as employment, education, relationships, health and practical skills as needed by each particular individual.  Our landlords offer advice and guidance too but it’s a much lighter touch than foster care and the young person is very much in control of the support they access.”

If you think you could support young people leaving care in Cornwall, contact the 16+ Supported Lodgings Scheme by phoning 01872 326700 or emailing 16+SLSenquiries@cornwall.gov.uk.  

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