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West Sussex County Council is looking for more people to become Supported Lodgings providers – and in doing so, help a vulnerable young person prepare for independence in a safe and stable environment.

Living alone for the first time and taking those first steps into independence is never easy.

But for vulnerable young people, striking out on their own is particularly daunting and that’s why we need you.

To help you find out more about Supported Lodgings, the council is holding an information day at County Hall North, Horsham, on Wednesday October 22, from 10am to 4pm.

You’ll be able to meet with members of the Supported Lodgings team, who will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

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.

Peter Evans, county council cabinet member for children-start of life, said: “Supported Lodgings is a hugely important service as it provides a home for our young people who may have just left care, 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.

“Full training and support is given to help you provide the guidance, understanding and emotional support that these young people need.”

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 01403 229400, visit the website at www.westsussex.gov.uk/supportedlodgings or attend the drop in event at County Hall North.