Young people leaving care support plea

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Ordinary people in Spalding are needed to provide vital support for young care leavers stepping out into the world.

Children’s charity Barnardo’s is desperate for more of the town’s residents to help the young people leaving the care system become independent.

Lincolnshire Barnardo’s Leaving Care service has a dedicated team to support 16 to 21-year-olds (25 if in full-time education) find a caring and supportive home to ease their journey through to adulthood.

The Supported Lodgings Scheme provides a “family environment” with the guidance and supportive extra care that goes with it, in which young care leavers can flourish.

Barnardo’s has recruited “supported lodging providers” – ordinary people who open up their homes and their lives to provide extraordinary support and mentoring that many of us may take for granted.

Providers are given specialist training, ongoing support and receive an allowance to cover costs.

Supported lodging worker in Lincolnshire Sally Robinson set up the scheme four years ago.

She said: “We are looking for people from across the county, but particularly in the Spalding area to come onto the scheme.

“Although our young people are approaching adulthood and don’t need formal parenting, they will benefit from having a positive adult role model looking out for them.

“It might be something as simple as sitting down for a meal at the end of the day.”

If you would like to find out more about becoming a Supported Lodging Provider in Lincolnshire, call Sally or Paula on 01522 575955 or email