SLS is a one of the ways that we help house young people. Last year out our Hosts provided over 31,000 bed-nights to young people in their homes.
Getting the right Host for a young person is critical. Young Devon take the time needed to get to know the young people it works with, their likes and dislikes so that they can understand who they are. It’s only by taking this time that we can match each young person’s needs with a Host’s skills, preferred location and availability.
To make this happen we do need to go through a few stages to get the right match; and there are always a few forms to fill out. Young Devon will always help a young person to complete their paperwork and, once we have received the references that we need, we arrange a meet-and-greet in the Host’s home. This give the young person a chance to meet the family, have a tour of the house, see that could be their new room, and discuss anything important before they move in.
But that’s not where Young Devon’s work ends. Every young person on our Supported Lodgings Scheme has a Support Worker who is there for them and helps them move forward. The Support Worker isn’t just someone to talk to if things aren’t going so well. They help young people develop the skills that they need to live successful independent lives. That can be finance and budgeting; they can help them re-engage with education or find other learning and training options for them; or they might help them access any health or well-being advice and support that they might be looking for.
If you think that the SLS scheme can help you or someone you know or if you are interested in becoming a Host and want to know more contact Young Devon:
Diane Rae, Head of Supported Lodgings
T: 01752 698402
Supported Lodgings out of hours contact
T: 07866 510402