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Hosts needed to support homeless young people

Posted on : 06 Dec 2019

Hosts needed to support homeless young people
A project to support young people who have experienced homelessness is looking for hosts in the Caerphilly county borough.

Llamau’s Supported Lodgings Scheme provides young people with the opportunity to live within a home environment, supported by their host and support worker; helping to build their skills and confidence to live independently in the future.

The scheme is already being delivered by Llamau in Newport, Carmarthenshire, Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan, Neath Port Talbot, Monmouthshire and Blaenau Gwent.  Llamau is now working with Caerphilly County Borough Council, thanks to funding from Welsh Government, to develop a local scheme.

Hosts just need a spare room and a willingness to help young people.  In return, they’ll receive full training, a regular weekly payment to cover your costs and full support from Llamau.

Josie is a Supported Lodgings Host for Llamau who offered a home to Shanice.  When Shanice was 16 she had to leave home after her relationship with her mother broke down.  At the time, Shanice felt very unsettled and struggled to cope with how stressed she felt, taking time out of school and attending her church to give her strength.

After a short stay with a lady from her church, Shanice and Josie were introduced.  Josie had approached Llamau as a host in the hope she might be able to have a positive influence on a young person’s life. 
Shanice said “Before meeting Josie, I was terrified by the idea of moving in with someone I didn’t know.  I had an image of a small box room at the back of the house, with a tiny bed to sleep in, but that couldn’t have been further from what I have here with Josie.  I have such a cool room.”

Josie added “I think Shanice and I get on so well because we both like our own space and respect each other as individuals, we like to talk but also appreciate time alone.  We’re also both quite quirky in our own way which our support worker, Julie, would have picked up on, matching us.”

Since moving in with Josie, Shanice’s relationship with her mother has vastly improved.  “We now get on so well and have a great time when we’re together.  We’re almost the same person so living together didn’t work but that doesn’t mean we can be close now.  Josie has been a big help with rebuilding my relationship with mum.”

Together, Josie and Shanice have used the experience to learn from each other.  They credit their support worker for matching them and strengthening their relationship through ongoing support and advice.
Anyone interested in becoming involved in the Supported Lodgings Scheme in the Caerphilly county borough can contact Janice Vardon, Supported Lodgings Development Worker, on 07776 723754 or by email at janicevardon@llamau.org.uk


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