Do you have a Spare Room and Time to Care?

Barnardo’s are currently looking for people living in Croydon, Bromley, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark and Sutton to offer a room and support to a young person to help them develop the skills they need to live independently.

By welcoming a young person into your home and providing emotional support, you can help them prepare for adult life. They may need support with things like finishing their education, finding longer-term accommodation and help to develop life skills such as cooking, housework and budgeting – from anywhere between eight weeks and two years.

How does it work?

  • Barnardo’s expertly match hosts with a young person, to make sure it’s a good fit;
  • Hosts don’t have the same financial responsibility as a parent or foster parent;
  • Each young person and host has their own support worker;
  • Barnardo’s give hosts a weekly payment, ongoing support, training and guidance throughout the assessment process;
  • The length of time a young person is with their host varies, but most lodgings are for between eight weeks and two years.
  • Can anyone apply to be a Supported Lodgings host?

Potentially, just about anyone can help a young person. If you have a spare room and the time and desire to offer practical and emotional support, you’re exactly who Barnardo’s are looking for.

Whether you are single, in a couple, have a family, full-time, part-time or not employed, you can be a host. The only requirement is that you can commit the time to support a vulnerable young person and that you are over 21 at the time of application. All applicants are subject to a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

Anyone interested can now apply quickly and easily online, starting by completing this enquiry form.


Read more, watch Chloe and Sarah tell their story and contact Aine at Barnardo’s for an informal chat.

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