Council calls for more carers during Shared Lives Week

Published Thursday, 13th October 2016
Shared Lives Week
The Gallagher Family

Rotherham Council is using this year's Shared Lives Week, which runs from 15 – 23 October, to encourage local people to think about whether they could care for a vulnerable person in their community.

Shared Lives is a national scheme that offers opportunities for vulnerable adults to live or spend time with approved Shared Lives carers and their families as an alternative option for long term care, short breaks or day time support.

The Council is currently looking for positive, compassionate people who are interested in providing support for vulnerable adults to take on this rewarding role. In order to help people take the first steps to becoming shared lives carers, there will be a series of drop in sessions across the borough to provide more information about the scheme.

Members of the team will be available to answer any questions and give advice to anyone to use the scheme or become a Shared Lives carer at the following locations:

  • Monday 17 October – Maltby Customer Service Centre, 11am to 2pm
  • Tuesday 18 October – All Saints Square (part of weekly street market)
  • Wednesday 19 October – Aston Customer Service Centre, 11am to 2pm
  • Thursday 20 October – Riverside House Library 10am to 3pm
  • Friday 21 October – Rawmarsh Customer Service Centre, 11am to 2pm

Cllr David Roche, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: "Shared Lives is a great way for vulnerable people to receive the care they need as valued members of their own communities. Our Shared Lives carers do amazing,inspiring work – and the tailored support they provide means that older people and adults with disabilities can lead fulfilling lives whilst remaining safe and independent."

Shared Lives carers provide a range of support - including long-term accommodation and care, short break care and daytime support and activities - based on what works best for their circumstances. All carers receive payment based on the amount and type of care they provide

The Shared Lives model has grown by over 25 percent nationally in the last two years with 13,000 people across the country choosing to live this way. It is hoped that Shared Lives week will help to continue this expansion, by raising awareness amongst customers who can benefit from the service and by recruiting new carers into this vital role.

Carers do not need to have previous care experience or qualifications as all carers receive full training and ongoing support. Carers are carefully assessed and checked, before being matched with clients whose care needs and interests they are best able to support.

Martin and Sharon Gallagher of Wath have been Shared Lives carers since January 2013. They currently support several people, through a mix of regular daytime support and short break respite care.

Martin said: "Shared Lives works for us and the people we care for. As a family it has made our lifestyle much busier but in an enjoyable way. Whatever we do as a family we always involve whoever is staying with us in whatever we do."

To find out more about Shared Lives in Rotherham, visit the Shared Lives website.

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