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Interested in becoming a Shared Lives Provider? - 25 February 2021

People in Worcestershire are being encouraged to consider becoming Shared Lives providers and offering a caring home to adults with additional support needs.

This year, Worcestershire County Council’s Shared Lives service is expanding, meaning more individuals will be able to consider a Shared Lives placement as an alternative to other forms of support.

The aim is to increase the number of Shared Lives placements by 2022.

Councillor Adrian Hardman, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “The Council’s priority is to ensure people can live healthy and independent lives for as long as possible.

“The Shared Lives service means adults with additional support needs can live in a caring family home and reap all the benefits that the scheme brings.

“So if you are perhaps looking for a change, then I’d urge you to consider becoming a Shared Lives provider and making a real, positive difference to someone’s life.”

Shared Lives is often described as ‘foster care for adults with support needs’ and the County Council has run its own scheme since 2004.

Shared Lives providers are professional carers who open their homes to support adults with learning difficulties, learning disabilities, mental health conditions, physical disabilities or dementia. They offer long term or replacement care, support and accommodation to individuals who choose to live with them. Providers are self-employed and receive a fee, this is dependent on the level of care and support the person you are supporting needs.

Karen Havinga, who lives near Kidderminster, is one of Worcestershire’s Shared Lives providers. She said: “I wanted to help individuals whatever their background, their circumstances and support needs to be the best they can be.

“I have enjoyed sharing their activities and their achievements as individuals. I have a great time with them. It’s about sharing the individual’s interests.”

Two virtual Information Events are being held Thursday 16 April from 10.30am to midday and Thursday 22 April from 6pm to 7.30pm.

If you are interested in attending, please email: and you will be sent the details on how to join the workshop.

Find out more about the role and how to apply

Life in Lockdown anything but dull for Chloe and Lizzie on Shared Lives - 2 February 2021

Life in lockdown has been anything but dull for adults in Shared Lives placements here in Worcestershire.

Shared Lives is often described as ‘foster care for adults with support needs’ and the County Council has run its own scheme since 2004.

For Chloe Pearson and Elizabeth Batham, lockdown has given them an opportunity to spend even more quality time together as a family, cooking, playing games and having fun movie nights. Chloe and Lizzie live with Karen and BJ Havinga near Kidderminster.

News story: Read more about Chloe and Lizzie