Southern Trust seeks hosts for STAY

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The Southern Health and Social Care Trust is looking for hosts to give young people the opportunity to live in a family-type environment.

The Trust’s STAY (Supported Temporary Accommodation for Youth) supported lodgings scheme offers vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds short term accommodation and support until they overcome their problems and find permanent accommodation.

Colm McCafferty, Assistant Director of Corporate Parenting for the Southern Trust explained: “The STAY scheme was developed to help some vulnerable young people who for a variety of reasons have been unable to remain with their own families and need temporary accommodation with some support.

“STAY placements offer a short term solution for young people who are homeless or experiencing difficulties, giving them space and time for problems to be resolved and goals to be defined until they find permanent accommodation.”

Successful applicants are given training and ongoing support along with a financial allowance. Hosts are part of a support network, including a dedicated key worker for the young person and associated services as required to help them develop their skills.

If you are interested in finding out more contact Christine Thomas, STAY Co-ordinator, Tel: 028 3839 1155 Email: christine.thomas@southerntrust.hscni.net