A CHILDREN’S charity is appealing for Warwickshire residents to open their homes and hearts to care-leavers.
Barnardo’s is calling on residents to offer ‘supported lodgings’ for young people who have left care and need a stable home environment.
While providers do not have the same responsibility as parents or foster carers they are asked to be there in a supportive role while young people prepare for adulthood and independence.
They provide a supportive and stable home environment while also offering help with education, job hunting, budgeting, cooking and other skills.
Barnardo’s spokesman Michael Spillane said: “Care-leavers are one of the most vulnerable groups in society and sometimes don’t have the life experience to begin living independently.
“They may leave care with no qualifications or financial stability and they are at significant risk of homelessness.
“However, supported lodgings providers can make a dramatic difference to their prospects by welcoming them into their home, taking an interest in their well-being, and boosting their skills and confidence.”
Applicants must be aged over 21 years old and need to have a spare bedroom and the use of a shared kitchen and bathroom.
They will be provided with weekly payments for rent, food and other costs. Ongoing support, supervision and training will also be provided.
Michael added: “Just about anyone can help a young person leaving care.
“Even the simplest things – such as having someone who will ask if you’ve had a good day, or returning home to a healthy meal – can mean so much to a young person who is alone and unsure of their place in the world.”
Call 02476 372596 or email BSLmidlands@barnardos.org.uk to find out more.