What is Supported Lodgings?

At Foster Wales Cardiff there are many different types of fostering and different roles carers can play, but if fostering is not right for you at this time, then you may want to consider becoming a supported lodgings host.

What is Supported Lodgings?

Our Supported Lodgings Hosts offer a spare room in their home to young people aged 16 to 21 who need support and guidance before they can live independently. Specifically, welcoming care leavers, young people in care, or homeless children 16/17 yr olds. Supported Lodgings is for young people that may not be ready to live on their own and need some guidance and assistance.

The support provided by our hosts includes:

  • Budgeting support
  • Managing laundry 
  • Cooking skills 
  • Applying for jobs and completing forms 
  • Developing positive routines 
  • Emotional support​

Supported Lodgings is a positive way to help young people develop skills and confidence to enable them to live independently in the future. Most young people stay for about 6-12 months before moving on, but of course it can vary.

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Who can live in supported lodgings?

Young people that are:

  • Looked After in Local Authority Care, aged 16 or 17
  • A care leaver, aged 16 – 21
  • Homeless young people, aged 16 or 17

Can I be a Supported Lodgings Host?

Anyone over 21 who lives in the Cardiff area and has a spare room can apply to become a Supported Lodgings Provider.

Being in full time work is not a barrier to taking part in the scheme. Whether you own your home or rent it will not affect your application. We welcome applications from all backgrounds, cultures, sexual orientation, genders, and marital status. The main criteria is that you can offer a safe environment and are willing to support a young person.

All our supported lodgings hosts are assessed and approved by the Local Authority. This will include medical and DBS checks.

The scheme is facilitated by our Supported Lodgings Team which is part of our Fostering Wales Cardiff Service.

Becoming a host can be an incredibly rewarding venture and truly makes a difference to the young people you support.

If you decide you’d like to know more, we can contact you to discuss the scheme, answer any queries and arrange a home visit should you wish to proceed further. 

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How much will my weekly payment be?

The amount you will receive as a supported lodgings host will be £189 per week. You will be expected to provide the young person with two meals / food every day (breakfast / evening meal) and a bedroom of their own.

Contact the Supported Lodgings team if you are interested in supporting a young person.​

​029 2087 3797 or email us at [email protected]

Or alternatively complete our online contact form and we will be in touch.

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