Local Shared Lives carers celebrated

The scheme supports adults who cannot live alone, but may still be fairly independent, and matches them with a suitable carer.
Kieron Doyle, one of the people who has benefitted from the Worcestershire Shared Lives scheme.
Published Wednesday, 20th June 2018

'Celebrating our Shared Lives Carers' is the theme of Shared Lives Week 2018 and local carers will be celebrated at an event next week.

The Worcestershire Shared Lives scheme is hosting an event to celebrate and raise awareness of the fantastic support offered to people with care and support needs across the county.

The scheme supports adults who cannot live alone, but may still be fairly independent, and matches them with a suitable carer.

The carer shares their community, their family and their home, to help create an extraordinary difference in the lives of the person with care needs and also the person providing support.

The event will be on June 27th from 11:30-13:30 in The Council Chamber at County Hall. 

Councillor Adrian Hardman, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Adult Social Care, said: "Events like this are a great opportunity to celebrate our inspirational Shared Lives carers. It's also a chance for those who may be interested in becoming a Shared Lives Carer to speak with current providers and find out more information."

Karen Barlow, Shared Lives Carer in the county said: "Being a shared lives carer is enlivening and to be able to offer a home, companionship and care to people that would otherwise struggle on their own, is rewarding. I get my rewards watching people grow, to learn new things, experience different activities and to gain some independence even if only a slight amount."

If you are interested in becoming a Shared Lives Carer, please come along for a cup of tea and slice of cake, and an opportunity to learn more.

For more information please visit: http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20563/shared_lives_scheme.