Our Supported Lodgings service has had some great success stories recently. Young people supported by the service are regularly moving on to the next step in their lives thanks to the support from our committed householders and our support workers. We've caught up with Chloe, a young person who has moved out of the supported living environment into University.
Chloe first came to Supported Lodgings when she was 16. Before this she had been living with her aunt and uncle as a result of the lack of stability beforehand. Unfortunately Chloe could no longer continue to live with them in a way that would allow her to continue her education.
Supported Lodgings provides homeless young people Aged 16-21 with family style accommodation. Young people are accommodated with registered ‘Householders’ in their homes, they have their own room and share the kitchen and bathroom facilities.
Phil, Chloe's support worker in Supported Lodgings recalls how she showed apprehension to moving in with our Householders
"I supported Chloe for the 2 years she was accommodated with Sefton Supported Lodgings and seen the huge and positive progress she achieved in this time. When Chloe first came to SSL she was quite shy and very nervous about moving into a house with people she did not know especially given she was only 16 years old"
However, within a short space of time Chloe had built a friendly relationship with her householders and it was as if she had always lived there.
Whilst young people are staying with householders, they receive support to develop independent living skills such as budgeting, cooking etc. They also receive support with accessing further training, education or employment.
Chloe made huge progress whilst she was with us. She was great at engaging with the support we provided, leading to her completing our Resettlement Passport, applying for student finance and being awarded the Unite Scholarship Foundation Bursary, which covers her accommodation whilst at University. Chloe is now studying Nursing in Liverpool.
We're very proud of the achievements Chloe has made over the past 2 years and wish her well with her studies. We'd like to thanks the householders that took Chloe in and provided a stable caring environment, it's definitely had a positive impact as Chloe feels she probably wouldn't have gone to University without it.