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COULD you provide a temporary home and valuable support for a young person in East Sussex? If so, East Sussex County Council wants to hear from you.

The search is on for families or individuals who could offer “supported lodgings” to young people aged 16 and above who might be leaving care, or who might be homeless or at risk of being homeless.

Under the scheme supported lodgings providers offer safe accommodation as well as practical support to help the young person concerned move on to live independently.

Supported lodgings providers are recruited by the County Council and have to be assessed and approved over a three to six month period.

They then meet regularly with the Supported Lodgings Team which will monitor and review the placement to ensure it is working well and offer support as appropriate.

The young person will also receive their own separate support. The council is looking for providers, who receive an allowance for looking after a young person, in all parts of the county.

Cllr Colin Belsey, the County Council’s Lead Member for Children and Families said supported lodgings providers might offer practical support and advice such as learning to cook, budgeting, and support attending education or training.

He said, “As a stepping stone towards their independence this kind of support can be invaluable.”

All applicants to become supported lodgings providers undergo a detailed assessment which includes CRB and medical checks as well as a number of home visits. At the end of that assessment a report is produced on the applicant’s suitability.

Anyone interested should contact the Supported Lodgings team on 01424 726155.

For more information on supported lodgings visit: www.eastsussex.gov.uk/supportedlodgings