I have worked with young people since leaving University, in different capacities, and I thought that becoming a Host would be a good way to put my Spare Rooms to good use and have some company.
I don't have any children of my own, but several of my friends have children. I like doing things together with them, and enjoy being part of a team.
I am sadly divorced and so live on my own, but I was accepted and allowed to offer my home to help these young people have somewhere safe and secure to live.
I currently have two young people staying with me now; I try my best to help them learn some life skills! Hopefully one day they will find their own two feet, move on and become independent. It's nice to think that I can pass on some wisdom that they can use to help them in life.
It's great that I can be there for them when they need a listening ear, or to go out bowling or the cinema together.
There are so many aspects of Young Devon that help young people. The services they offer help young people to be grounded and have adults take them seriously; listening to their needs, giving them advice and guidance.
The Supported Lodgings experience also shows young people that life can be very tough and expensive. It helps them to fully appreciate all their family has done for them in the past.
Young Devon has helped many young people get back on their feet after many difficult circumstances or hardships; I feel I am very fortunate to be one of those people that play a part in this process.