Luke, 16, is living with Viv as part of our supported lodgings scheme in Calderdale.
The scheme matches young people in the Calderdale area with Hosts who are happy to offer them a room in their home.
The young person pays rent, and has the opportunity to develop their independent living skill further. They are supported by our Host and Young Persons’ Prevention and Support Service (YPASS). The service helps young people in Calderdale who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
To find out more about becoming a host, visit here.
‘I did something similar about 12 years ago before leaving to foster teenagers. Supported lodgings is a lot more relaxed than fostering but still very rewarding.
‘It’s nice to see them come on and it’s good to know that they are not sleeping on someone’s couch. I work from home, so it’s quite easy and Luke is no bother. He’s very polite and charming.
‘It’s a bit daunting for the young person at first but then they relax. We have our teas together and sometimes watch TV programmes together but he just gets on with his life.’
‘I found out about the scheme through YPASS. At first, I was a bit sceptical about moving in with someone that I had never met before and I didn’t like the idea. I didn’t know what it was going to be like but I have no regrets; it was the best thing for me.’
Before agreeing to Supported Lodgings, Luke met Viv and had the chance to have a look around the house and ask any questions.
He said: ‘It felt a bit awkward asking questions at first, but Viv was really friendly. I feel very comfortable here.’
Luke is at college studying joinery. At some point, he would like his own place, but for the moment he is happy in supported lodgings.
For others in his situation, he recommends giving it a go, and not to be afraid to ask questions.
* We have changed Luke’s name to protect his identity.
Their Support Coordinator said: ‘I’m really pleased we were able to facilitate Luke and Viv’s placement to go ahead. He has settled in really well. He has the time and space to work out his next steps while living in a supportive home environment.’