Supported Carers Needed - Be Part Of A Young Person's Journey

Edinburgh and Lothians
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865 days ago


Barnardo’s Lothian Supported Carers Scheme
Could you take on the challenge of supporting a young care leaver (16-20) in your own home? Have you got what it takes to help young people develop the confidence and skills they’ll need to live independently?
Carers may come from all walks of life but must have a spare room in their home and have some experience of supporting young people. In return Carers will receive support from a dedicated team and an allowance of £250 per week.
When they turn 16, ‘Looked After’ young people have to leave care. Our Supported Carers provide young people in Edinburgh and the Lothians with a stepping stone, helping them prepare to live on their own for the first time.
What is it, and who is it for?
Living with a Supported Carer is an option for Young people:
• Who are aged 16-20
• Who have been looked after by Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothan or West Lothian council
• Who aren’t ready for their own tenancy
• Who need more support than they would receive in group-living or supported accommodation
• who would like to share a home with a carer who will support them to develop the skills and experience necessary to move into a more independent form of accommodation.
Who’s being cared for?
The Lothian Supported Carers Scheme is a service for young people aged 16-20 who are moving on from being looked after and accommodated. This means that, as a child, they have been under the care of the local authority in some form. These young people often require support to move on to living independently.
What’s the role of the Carer?
Supported Carers act a bit like ‘landlords’ or ‘hosts’, and offer a young person a room in their home. They treat that young person as a young adult, and respect their need to live semi-independently. Carers also provide practical and emotional support to help the young person develop the life skills they need to successfully live more independently.
What support and supervision do Carers receive?
Supported Carers get regular support, supervision, and training, as well as regular opportunity to meet other Carers. Dedicated staff help Carers feel confident and skilled in their role. Staff also supervise each placement, making sure it meets the required standards, and that Carers are linked in to specialist training and other forms of support.
Be part of a young person's journey: contact the Lothian Supported Carers Scheme on 0131 556 4583 or visit

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