Shared Lives Plus has adopted the Resettlement Passport as a resource for Shared Lives schemes which are offering young people the opportunity to move in with a Shared Lives carer to learn how to manage a tenancy and build confidence when they leave care.
Over 150 Shared Lives schemes which are regulated by care inspectors across the UK support carers who offer family-style support, train and match them to offer a home for young people 16 – 25, so that they have consistency, independence and someone to help negotiate a time of life when ‘everything changes’. Shared Lives Plus are working with six schemes nationally to extend the offer of Shared Lives placements to young people leaving care.
Care leavers are a group who are at high risk of homelessness. Research by Centrepoint, ‘From Care to Where’ identifies that 26% of care leavers had sofa surfed and 14% had slept rough. Shared Lives Plus joins the five Leaving Care Teams and a number of other providers who are using the course to support care leavers as they prepare for the transition to independent living.
“We’ve seen how effective the course can be in supporting care leavers – improving their confidence and seeing them managing tenancies successfully. We’re delighted to be partnering with Shared Lives Plus on this initiative.”
Hannah McCowen, Resettlement Passport Co-ordinator.
“Living with a Shared Lives carer and their family helps young people settle into their community, with the confidence that they’ve got back up on hand and helps build strong relationships for the future. The Resettlement Passport is a fantastic resource and we are looking forward to many more young people enjoying positive, bright futures with its practical and non-judgemental advice.” Deni Nygate, Development Officer for Shared Lives Plus