Could you provide a haven for a young person needing a home?
Could you help a young person aged 16-21 to keep a roof over his or her head, provide a meal and someone to talk to, for anything from one night to two years?
Host families and individuals throughout Newark and Sherwood who would consider providing a temporary haven for a young person at a crucial time in their life are being sought as part of the county-wide Host Families Service.
Anyone can find themselves at a crisis point, whether it’s through family breakdown, a bereavement or financial hardship, and finding a welcoming and supportive short-term home can help to keep young people safe from harm and prepare them for independent living, higher education and employment.
Many hosts gain great personal satisfaction through paid or voluntary hosting, helping a vulnerable young person to move on in life.
Past case histories include a sixth-form student who was being raised by his grandparents but needed somewhere to live when they were taken ill. To take part in the scheme, young people must be professionally assessed as being low-risk, and hosts are provided with training and support every step of the way.
From Homelessness to Education
Take a look at the Home Group video to find out how supported lodgings help young homeless people in the Nottinghamshire County Council area.
How can I help?
There are two ways to help homeless young people under the scheme:
Providing supported lodgings for up to two years, or
Becoming part of the voluntary Nightstop service for young people at a crisis point, offering accommodation at short notice for up to 10 days.
Supported lodgings hosts receive up to £125 a week, which includes rent, a support fee and a contribution from the young person for food and utilities, and a support co-ordinator will work closely with hosts and the young person to identify their goals and how they can help them.
Volunteer hosts with the Nightstop service provide a meal, items such as toiletries (supplied by the service) and up to £15 per night for out-of-pocket expenses. This short-term option allows mediation to take place between the young person and their family or, if needed, time to source alternative longer-term accommodation for them.
To access the service, young people need to be referred by Nottinghamshire County Council, be aged from 16 to 21 and be homeless or living in unsafe surroundings in the local area. In the first instance, they should contact the local social care team, council, college or housing provider.