Trafford Supported Lodgings Scheme is part of Trafford's Children and Young People's Service. The scheme recruits local people - 'Lodgings Providers' who can provide safe, secure and supportive accommodation within their own homes to young people aged 16-21. The young people may be in supported lodgings for a variety of reasons, e.g. leaving care, family breakdown, bereavement, risk of harm - but all require emotional support and practical guidance in order to develop the skills and confidence to live independently.
Who can be a Lodgings Provider?
Young people come from all walks of life so we need Lodgings Providers from a variety of backgrounds. You may be:
- A family, single person or couple.
- From any ethnic background.
- Young or old.
- Working or not working.
- With or without children.
- Heterosexual, lesbian, gay or bisexual.
- Disabled or able-bodied.
To ensure the safety of young people we carry out a range of police, health and other checks.
Do I need any special skills or qualities?
Being a Supported Lodgings Provider is not about having any particular qualifications but we ask that you:
- Get on with teenagers and enjoy their company.
- Can provide a clean, comfortable room within a safe and secure home.
- Are warm, caring and patient.
- Have a non-judgemental attitude.
- Flexibility to adapt to the needs of individual young people.
- Want to help a young person succeed.
What's in it for me?
A rewarding experience - being a Lodgings Provider can give you a sense of satisfaction knowing that you are making a positive difference to the life of a young person.
Support and training - the scheme will offer you training and support to help you in your role of Lodgings Provider.
An opportunity to earn some extra money - Lodgings Providers receive financial support.
I am interested, what should I do next?
Anyone interested in applying to become a Lodgings Provider is vetted and assessed to ensure that they can offer a safe and supportive environment to a vulnerable young person - call 0161 912 3507.