Do you have a spare room? Would you like to make a positive difference to a young person’s life? Then supported lodgings might just be the type of fostering you’re looking for if you’re thinking about getting into fostering.
What is supported lodgings?
Supported lodgings is an alternative to foster care that offers young people aged 16-19 the opportunity to live in a family environment where they are given more independence.
Instead of being a foster carer you become a supported lodgings provider.
As a supported lodgings host, you will provide a young person with practical skills such as cooking, cleaning and budgeting which they will need when they move into independence.
Like fostering, you would be expected to support the young person to access education or training. Some of the young people may be unaccompanied asylum seekers and you would also be expected to support them with any immigration or legal appointments.
Supported lodgings payments and support
The young person will have their own social worker and/or personal advisor.
As a host, you will receive access to financial support and training:
- On-going regular support from our supported lodgings coordinator.
- A placement allowance of £180 per week. There’s more information about supported lodging payments available on our fostering payments page.
- Training opportunities.
Read Lesley’s story and find out what it’s really like to be a supported lodgings host.
Are supported lodgings payments taxable?
It depends on your total taxable income.
Your payment should be added to your taxable income for the year, so you will have to pay income tax if your total taxable income is greater than your tax allowances.
Can I become a supported lodgings provider?
Yes! There’s no ‘typical’ foster carer and all sorts of people become great foster carers.
Children of all ages and backgrounds need your help, and we accept people from all walks of life to become Foster for Staffordshire foster carers.
- You don’t need to have a big house but you do need to have a spare bedroom.
- You could be a parent, but you don’t have to be.
- There are no age barriers.
- You could be from any ethnic or religious background.
- You could be married, single, in a civil partnership or living in a settled relationship.
- You can be working or not working.
As long as you’re committed to helping a child to realise their potential, you could be what we are looking for and we would love to hear from you.
Ready to take the next step or looking for more information about supported lodgings?
Enquire online now or call 0800 169 2061 today and we’ll help answer your questions about fostering and supported lodgings..
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