We are looking for local people with a spare room to become part of our ‘Host and Support Scheme’. 

Bexley’s Host and Support Scheme is a supported lodgings service, providing young people in the care of the local authority with a room of their own in a home, where a family, couple or single person may live. 

The ‘hosts’ provide a safe and supportive environment, working alongside professionals to support young people as they move to independent adult life.

Who we are we looking for

We need people who:

  • have a spare room in their home to rent
  • are patient and understanding
  • live in the borough
  • are willing to help a young person, aged 16 to 21

We want to recruit people from a variety of different backgrounds and encourage families, couples or single people to apply. You can work full time, part-time or live on benefits.

The most important thing is that you like being with teenagers and have an understanding of some of the issues they may face, as well as the time and flexibility to offer advice and support.

You must be able to offer a young person:

  • a room of their own
  • a home environment that is safe and welcoming
  • use of shared facilities including the kitchen, bathroom, lounge and dining room
  • advice on practical skills such as budgeting, shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry, using public transport and other essential life skills
  • an encouraging, supportive and non-judgemental approach

What we can offer you

In return for providing accommodation, there are many benefits, including:

  • weekly payments of £250 per week increasing by £10 per week per year, to the maximum of £280
  • training opportunities
  • ongoing support and supervision
  • the opportunity to make a difference to a young person’s life

How to find out more

If you are interested in joining our Host and Support Scheme, contact us on 020 3045 4400 for more information or fill in this short form.

We will assess applicants to make sure they have the right skills and abilities to support a young person in their own home.

The assessment process takes about three months and involves:

  • answering questions about yourself and your life
  • successfully completing local authority, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and medical checks
  • providing satisfactory references