Bexley is looking for residents with a spare room to become part of the host and support scheme.

The scheme is a supported lodgings service, which aims to provide young people, in the care of the local authority with a room of their own.

The young person will be a member of the household however, are not expected to become a member of the family.

To be a host, the householder must offer a safe and supportive environment and work alongside professional services.

In return for providing accommodation, the householder will receive numerous benefits.

The provider will receive weekly payments of £250 per week, increasing by £10 per week per year, to a maximum of £280.

Training opportunities will be provided, as well as ongoing support and supervision.

Bexley's Children’s Services Councillor, Philip Read said: “The young people on this scheme are about to leave our care and are looking for somewhere they can get the help they need to move on to adulthood.

“If you have a spare room, feel that you have the compassion, patience and knowledge to become part of the scheme, then please come along on 28 January or get in touch with the team.

“If this isn’t you, but you know someone who would fit the bill, please pass this on.

“Our young people need you.”

For more information, you can attend the open event which will take place at the civic offices in Bexleyheath, on 28 January between 6 pm to 8 pm.

Alternatively, email for more information