Supported Lodgings for 16 to 17 year olds in Central Bedfordshire

Your role as a Supported Lodgings Carer

You will provide informal guidance and practical assistance to the young person, who, otherwise, lives independently.

As well as providing a bedroom you will offer practical and emotional support depending on their needs. For instance, you might be asked to help a young person learn how to cook or improve their budgeting skills.

You will also have responsibility for supporting their progress, reporting any concerns to the young person’s support worker and maintaining regular contact with their allocated support worker.

What is the criteria for applying?

We want to recruit people from the whole community. You are eligible to be a Supported Lodgings Carer if you are:

  • a homeowner or rent your house
  • a parent, a grandparent or child-free
  • from any racial or cultural background
  • single or married
  • any sexual orientation male or female
  • working or not
  • in fact, anyone as diverse as you!

You will need:

  • a spare bedroom
  • an understanding and respect for young people
  • an ability to interact with young people fairly, honestly, openly and objectively
  • a calm, relaxed and friendly attitude
  • an ability to work with Supported Lodgings support workers and Social Workers as part of a team
  • to be able to keep information concerning the young person confidential
  • to believe that everyone has the right to equal opportunity in life, regardless of difference, such as, skin-colour, gender, sexuality, age, disability, culture or religion
  • to be fit and healthy, as the task can be physically demanding as well as being highly rewarding
  • to participate in the assessment and statutory checks process
  • to ensure that your accommodation is suitable via our health and safety checklist

Interested – then contact the fostering team

If you would like further information, please fill in our online form, call the Fostering Team on 0300 300 8181 or email