Most residents in Brighton & Hove are familiar with the lack of housing in the city. While the majority of people find somewhere safe to live, the same can’t always be said of those who are homeless or leaving care. The children’s charity Barnardo’s and a number of Brighton & Hove residents are offering these young people an alternative option with their Supported Lodgings scheme.
The scheme was started in 2015 with the aim of supporting young people who may be homeless or leaving the care system, as well as an increasing number of refugees and asylum seekers. Together with the Council, Barnardo’s offer a room in a host’s home to help each vulnerable young person make a smooth transition into independent living. Lyn Lynch, a Brighton & Hove Supported Lodgings host said, “There are lots of expectations on this generation and not all of them are helpful. We can show these young people that they are important and valued. They can have their own goals and expectations and can make a difference in the world”.
Barnardo’s are looking for individuals or families to open their doors and provide safe and secure homes for 16 to 21 year-olds. Hosts receive round-the-clock assistance, a dedicated key worker, a comprehensive training programme and an allowance of £150 per week.
Hosts come from a variety of backgrounds. Some work full-time, some work part-time and some are retired. All have spare time to offer emotional care and practical advice and to help a young person build their confidence. Olly Davidson, service manager, said, “Brighton & Hove is a special city full of generous spirited people. We are pleased to be working with some of these amazing people to help some of the city’s young people who don’t have anywhere else to go.”
For more information about becoming a Supported Lodgings host, call 01273 412010 or email