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Stepdown Supported Carers support care leavers aged 16 to 25 years by providing them with a supportive family setting that they can live in on a full time basis.

Young people living with supported carers have normally been in care and need extra support as they move towards independence. The young person will be supported by their carer to develop a range of skills as they move to independence. Support will be given to help them become involved in their community and to develop their practical and social skills. The young person will be assisted into further education, training or employment. The carer can also assist with specific agreed tasks.

Young women who are pregnant or have a baby will be supported in a family environment to develop their parenting skills.

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Interested in becoming a carer?

Have a chat with one of our workers they will talk to you about what different carers do and if you are interested one of them will visit you.

All of our Carers go through a preparation and assessment procedure and once they have been approved they receive ongoing support and training from Stepdown.

For further information on becoming a carer please contact:

Karen Rinaldi: karen.rinaldi@stepdown.org.uk or tel: 0141 762 4523

 

What Do Supported Carers Do?

Stepdown Supported Carers offer placements in a supportive family setting to young people aged 16 to 25 years who require support to learn the skills they need for independent living.

Supported Carers come from a variety of backgrounds. They can be married or single, working or retired, childless or have children still living at home. Some Carers have children who have left home and they miss the company of young people. We need a variety of Carers in order to meet our young people’s individual needs.

Young people living with supported carers have normally been in care and need extra support as they move towards independence. Young people prepare to move into Supported Care around the age of 16. They stay for varying lengths of time, from a few months to a few years. Most of us can remember what we were like at 16 and the thought of living alone at this age can be very daunting and isolating. Various kinds of support are needed to prepare our young people for independent living. Some of these are the practical skills they would have learned if they had grown up in a family home, cooking, budgeting, and contributing to family life. However, many of our care-leavers have had a difficult time and their Supported Carers are also someone they can talk to when they feel upset or lonely. Our care-leavers will be starting their first job or going to college and they are often lacking in confidence. Supported Carers will offer encouragement and advice. Stepdown supported carers and staff work in partnership with Local Authority social workers as well as other relevant professionals to provide the best care and support possible.

For further information on becoming a carer please contact:

Karen Rinaldi: karen.rinaldi@stepdown.org.uk or tel: 0141 762 4523

Do I need Qualifications and Do I Get Paid?

You don’t need any formal qualifications and we will provide you with any training you need. Applicants attend training/preparations groups which ensure that you have an understanding of issues needed to care for young people. You do need an interest in the welfare of young people and an understanding of young people in care.

You will receive a generous allowance for each child or young person placed with you

For further information on becoming a carer please contact:

Karen Rinaldi: karen.rinaldi@stepdown.org.uk or tel: 0141 762 4523

For more information please contact:


Karen Rinaldi: karen.rinaldi@stepdown.org.uk or tel: 0141 762 4523