DYPAS is a supported lodgings accommodation scheme for young people in care, aged 16–21, who are not yet ready to live on their own.
The aim of the scheme is to offer young people the opportunity to live in the home of an approved carer who can help them prepare for independent living. This will be a safe and supportive environment where a young person can develop the practical skills and emotional maturity to move on and cope with living independently.
Who are we looking for?
We are recruiting carers across Devon who have a spare room in their home, or an annex and a positive attitude toward young people.
If you have suitable accommodation and the skills and abilities to work with other professionals in giving emotional and practical support to teenagers who may have mental health issues, possibly be known to the criminal system or misused substances, then we would like to hear from you.
We are recruiting carers from a variety of different backgrounds and would like to encourage families, couples or single people to apply.
The most important thing is that you like being with teenagers and have an understanding of some of the issues they may face, as well as the time and flexibility to offer advice and support. You will need to be able to attend meetings regarding the young person in your care.
Can you provide a young person with:
- a room of their own?
- a home environment that is safe and welcoming?
- use of shared facilities including kitchen, bathroom, lounge and dining room?
- advice on practical skills such as budgeting, shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry, using public transport and other essential life skills?
- a supportive and non-judgemental approach?
- encouragement to make and sustain positive relationships with friends and family?
If the answer is yes, then supported lodgings could be for you.
In return, there are many benefits for carers, including:
- a competitive financial package
- preparation training course and ongoing training opportunities
- ongoing support and supervision
- the opportunity to develop a positive relationship with a young person
- the opportunity to make a difference to a young person’s life
How do I become a DYPAS carer?
Applicants go through the same approval process as all foster carers. You will have several home visits during which you will be assessed to ensure you have the right skills and abilities to support a young person in your own home.
We ask questions about you and your life which help us build a picture of your strengths and abilities. You will need to successfully complete local authority, DBS and medical checks, as well as provide satisfactory references.
Being a DYPAS carer can be a challenging yet rewarding experience, the time and support you offer will make a big difference to a young person’s life at a time they need it most.