Branchout Providers needed!
Branchout Supported Lodgings Scheme was developed in response to an identified need to provide an alternative type of accommodation to both Care Leavers and Vulnerable Young homeless people in Bristol.
These young people have often not had the life experience which would give them the knowledge and skills necessary to cope on their own. By renting a room to a young person and providing support you can help a young person gain these skills that will enable them to manage a tenancy successfully.
Branchout will offer the period of stability necessary for young people to acquire the right skills, build support networks in their local community and experiment safely with increasing freedom and changing status while still having involvement with, and support from an interested adult.
We welcome applicants of any background who own or rent their own home with a spare room. You could be:
A home owner or rent your house
• Parents or Grandparents
• From any racial, cultural or ethnic background
• Single – male or female, aged over 21
• Couples of the same or different sex
• In full time, part time work or retired
• A person with disabilities
Who could you be supporting?
You would be supporting Care Leavers or vulnerable young homeless people who are in employment, education, or training to gain independent living skills.
How can you help?
If you have a spare room and a willingness to support a young person to cook, budget, or learn other independent living skills, sometimes alongside emotional support. Having a calm, friendly attitude and the ability to be open, honest, fair and objective with young people as well as a good sense of humour is an essential. If you also have the ability to work with Social Workers and Personal Advisors as a team to help a young person achieve their potential, then we would love to hear from you!
How long will long will this be for?
This will vary according to the needs and abilities of each young person and on an assessment of their readiness to move on to more independent accommodation. For some this may be a few months, while others will require support for longer. The maximum period a young person can stay with a Branchout Provider is two years.
What do you get in return?
You will be paid expenses of £175 per week. You will also have access to ongoing training and development opportunities to equip you with the knowledge to support a young person. Most of all, you will be providing building blocks for a young person to gain the independence needed to manage their own tenancies into adulthood.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01173574835 to find out more information