How belonging helps you thrive

20th February 2019

Home: noun. a house, apartment, or other shelter that is the usual residence of a person, family, or household [OR] the place in which one’s domestic affections are centred.

However, we know it’s so much more; a safe space, a place to recuperate, a setting in which we can learn and grow.  Unfortunately, it is not like that for everyone:

“Life for Emily* before arriving into the 1625IP service was be described by her as chaotic and unsettled. At the age of 19 she experienced a relationship breakdown with her family which amplified her mental health problems and left her feeling like she had a lot of negative relationships with people in her life. Emily was not able to stay with her family members permanently and found herself sofa surfing with friends and often did not know where she would be able to stay most nights. So at just 19 years old, Emily was homeless.”

*Emily is an anonymised name

How are you supposed to build a positive life, to study, or get a good career, when everything that is anchored by ‘home’, becomes unpinned? 

Supported Lodgings offers an answer.  Research has shown how much having Supported Lodgings can help a young person to not only survive, but to thrive. Young people who through no fault of their own become homeless, can get the opportunity to continue to develop and flourish. Communities and Local Government (click here) found that, “Sixteen- and seventeen-year olds entering Supported Lodgings were much more likely to be in learning than those entering the other types of service… On ‘good’ indicators (such as maintaining education and social activities), outcomes for young people in Supported Lodgings are about twice as good.” This is crucial! If a young person in Supported Lodgings is much more like to engage and continue with work or learning, they are better able to build more positive habits and make confident choices in their life.  This gives a young person a purpose and greater chance at becoming the person they deserve, and we believe them to be.

If you are compassionate, kind and have a spare room, become a host! You get all the support you need, costs are covered and have the chance to guide a young person to be their best. Make their future a hopeful one with Supported Lodgings. 

Click here for more information.


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