More carers are needed - help make a difference

​Date:8/4/2015

PR 4923

Wakefield Council is looking for people to care for adults in their own home.

The shared lives service supports people over the age of 18 with learning disabilities, mental health needs and older people to live a full and active life to stay as independent as possible.

There are currently 56 Shared Lives carers supporting 132 vulnerable people across the district, but more carers are urgently needed.

Shared Lives Carers need a spare room in their home and a willingness to support someone for both short and long term care. This can be for a couple of days throughout the week whilst family members have a break or on more of a permanent basis with people living with them at their home.

The service works by matching the person needing support with a Shared Lives Carer recruited from the community who can give them the support they need.

Cllr Pat Garbutt, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: "Shared Lives is a service which is very important to the community and provides essential support to those with additional needs.

"Being a Shared Lives Carer can be very rewarding and can bring a lot of joy to people's lives. If you have a genuine desire to help others, the time in your life, space in your home, and a spare bedroom, it's worth finding out more."

No experience or special qualifications are needed. Full training is provided and people get paid an allowance depending on the needs of the individual, from £28 to £74 per night. Supporting someone on a long term basis could mean an allowance from £256 per week.

Carer Kath Maclaughlin finds being a carer really rewarding.  She said: "It is really wonderful to make a difference to somebody's life through Shared Lives. I get so much from the scheme, it is very rewarding and I would definitely recommend it to others.

"The process was really straightforward and I would urge anybody thinking about joining to pick up the phone and find out more. There's so much support available and I'm sure so many people would love to do the work I'm doing."

For more information visit call the team on 01977 722254 visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/sharedlives