Could you be there for a young person as they prepare to take their first steps towards living independently?
West Sussex County Council is looking for more people to come forward and become Supported Lodgings providers in 2015.
Supported Lodgings providers help vulnerable young people by offering them a room, safety and security as they prepare for adult life.
To help you find out more, a special drop-in event will be taking place at County Hall, Chichester, on Wednesday 14 January 2015, from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Peter Evans, County Council Cabinet Member for Children-Start of Life, said: “Living alone for the first time is never easy, but for vulnerable young people it can be particularly daunting.
“That’s where our Supported Lodgings service comes in, as it provides a home for our young people who may have just left care or are unable to remain at home, but aren’t yet ready to live on their own.
“If you have a spare bedroom and think you could help a young person, why not consider becoming a Supported Lodgings provider?
“Our providers come from all walks of life and all backgrounds. What they have in common is patience, resilience and understanding.
“Why not pop along to County Hall during the drop-in to speak to members of the team and find out more?”
Supported Lodgings provides accommodation in family homes for young people aged between 16 and 21 (or up to 24 in higher education) for whom the County Council has a responsibility.
They may be care leavers or not able to live with their own family currently.
Supported Lodgings prepares them for adult life by helping them to develop the skills they will need while living in a safe, stable and supportive place.
All Supported Lodgings providers have their own allocated Accommodation Worker and receive on-going training and financial allowances to meet the needs of the young people in their care.
To find out more contact 033 022 27775 or visit the website.