Wakefield Shared Lives Carer shares experiences in new blog

Date: 22/2/2017
Ref: PR 8488

Wakefield Council's new blog is giving people an insight into what it's like being a Shared Lives Carer.

Holly, aged 22, become a Shared Lives Carer for the Council last June. She has started the blog to show people what it is really like to be a carer, to help others see if they might be able to take on the caring role.

Holly said: "I'm fairly new to Shared Lives and wanted to set up a blog to help record my progress and experiences as a carer and also to help give anyone who might be interested, a look at what it's like sharing your home with an adult with additional care needs.

"Being a carer has always been a part of my life and upbringing. My mum was a foster carer for children before moving on to care for adults with support needs with Shared Lives. When I was 18 I became a support carer and worked alongside my mum.

"I learned how important it is to look out for people who need that little bit of extra help in life. I really enjoyed this experience and decided to become a Shared Lives carer myself."

Cllr Pat Garbutt, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: "Becoming a Shared Lives carer and supporting an adult with additional needs in your own home is a wonderful and rewarding thing to do. It is a difficult decision to make to become a carer and people need to be well informed of what is expected of the role.

"I hope that Holly's blog will provide people with an open and honest account of what being a Shared Lives Carer is really like and encourage people to get in touch with us to find out more.

"Thank you to Holly for taking part and I look forward to following the blog myself."

The Council's Shared Lives Service supports adults with additional needs to develop independent living skills and make choices within a family environment and more carers are urgently needed.

Shared Lives Carers need a spare room in their home and a willingness to support someone with a learning disability, physical disability, mental health needs or needs which come with growing older.

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.

Read Holly's first blog now at www.sharedliveswakefield.wordpress.com/blog and see how she found the process to become a Shared Lives carer. The blog will be updated every couple of months and users can sign-up to receive future blog posts.

Shared Lives Carers receive full training and on-going support, and no experience or special qualifications are needed.

Carers will be paid an allowance for the support they provide and these placements can be either short or long term.

To view some recent videos of the Council's Shared Lives Carers sharing their experiences, visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/stories  

Or to find out more about becoming a Shared Lives Carer visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/SharedLives, email sharedlives@wakefield.gov.uk or call 01977 722254.

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