Portsmouth City Council reach out to landlords and anyone with a spare room in the city, as accommodation is required for young people in need.

Portsmouth City Council has launched a new campaign this week to recruit and retain a framework of excellent accommodation providers. The campaign falls during National Care Leavers week (24 -31 October) which is a national campaign to highlight the needs of care leavers and raise awareness about the particular challenges that they face as they enter adult life.

The campaign began with an event at the Emirates Spinnaker Tower which successfully attracted a range of accommodation providers and landlords who came to hear about the new ways the council can work with them to provide high quality housing for young people in care and those leaving care.

The Children and Families service want to build a more flexible and varied accommodation offer, also working with local residents with a spare room and a desire to create a better outcome for 16-24 year olds. These resident can become supported lodging carers - an invaluable service that the council are keen to recruit more people into.

Cllr Rob Wood, Portsmouth City Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Families said "The event was a huge success and it was great to speak to so many people interested in supporting our young people with accommodation and services that will help them to develop the skills they need to successfully live an independent life."

If you're an accommodation provider, landlord, or are interested in providing supported lodgings, then please contact the fostering team on 023 9283 4071, visit www.foster.portsmouth.gov.uk or email fostering@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.