When:



  •  and 

Type of content:

Category:

18 October 2016

People urged to come forward for live Facebook chat during national Shared Lives Week

Shared Lives

This week (October 17 - 23) is national Shared Lives Week.  This Thursday 20 October, between 6 and 7pm, members of the team will be holding a live Facebook chat on the Shared Lives Cumbria page for people to ask questions and find out more about the scheme. 

Cumbria County Council launched its Shared Lives scheme in September. Shared Lives matches adults who need support with host carers who provide them with respite, day support or long term care in the carer’s home. The council is recruiting new Shared Lives carers to provide the service in Cumbria, and is encouraging potential carers to get in touch. So far the website has attracted more than 1,000 visits and the promotional videos reached over 20,000 views, and enquiries from potential carers have started to come through.

Shared Lives provides an opportunity for adults who need some support to live happy and healthy lives as part of their local community. Shared Lives carers come from all walks of life but all of them have patience, understanding and compassion. Carers receive a generous allowance from the council as well as full training and support from a dedicated worker. 

Julie Cameron, Shared Lives Manager for North Cumbria, said:

“We have been delighted with the response to our recruitment campaign so far, and hope the live Facebook chat will encourage more people to come forward to learn more about the scheme. Shared Lives provides a fantastic opportunity for adults who need some support to live happy and healthy lives as part of their local community, and we know there are many more adults in Cumbria who would benefit from this type of support.”  

Libby Potts is a full time Shared Lives carer, having previously offered part time respite care for many years.  Wayne, who has Down Syndrome, and Daniel, who has learning difficulties, live with Libby at her home in Carlisle.  Libby said:

“My motivation was just to help people to experience an ordinary family life, and I have learned so much from my time with Daniel and Wayne - they are part of my family now and I love watching them develop and helping them to live as independently as they are able to. I’d urge anyone who has some free space, plenty of time, and a big heart to give the team at the council a call - it’s so rewarding. You’ll never look back.”

Shared Lives service users can be adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems, elderly people, disabled children becoming young adults, parents with learning disabilities and their children, recovering substance addicts or ex-offenders. There are already 12,000 Shared Lives carers in the UK, recruited, trained and approved by 150 local schemes, which are regulated by the government’s social care inspectors.  The Care Quality Commission recently rated Shared Lives as one of the best forms of social care - rating 92% of inspections as good or outstanding.
Categories:
Tags:
This Thursday 20 October, between 6 and 7pm, members of the team will be holding a live Facebook chat on the Shared Lives Cumbria page for people to ask questions and find out more about the scheme.