Supported Lodgings Hosts
Supported Lodgings can last between one month and up to two years, to become a Host you will need:
- A safe home
- A spare room in Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Dudley or Walsall
- An ability to listen and respond appropriately
- Patience and understanding
- Some awareness of the needs of young people
- Be able to provide at least one meal a day
- A willingness to work alongside YMCA support staff
- To undertake a criminal records check
Providing Supported Lodgings offers you all sorts of rewards:
- It is immensely rewarding to see a young person develop into a responsible adult who is making the most of the opportunities you have opened up for them.
- It is a chance for you to use your resources and skills to make your community a better place for everyone.
- You will receive a fee from the YMCA. The young person will also make a contribution towards food and other household bills. You should receive over £100 per week.
Nightstop placements are usually shorter than Supported Lodgings.
Nightstop Hosts are paid an allowance of £20 per night to cover their costs. The young person is provided an evening meal, bed for the night, breakfast, laundry facilities and basic toiletries. They can also talk to a supportive Host.
A placement can be overnight or up to two weeks and can mark the first step out of homelessness for a young person. Hosts are never alone in supporting the young person, the YMCA will be on hand if extra or more specific support is required.
What you need to become a Nightstop Host
- The passion to change a young life
- A caring attitude
- A spare room