Become a Shared Lives carer and make a difference
Wakefield Council is looking for kind and dedicated people to care for adults in their own homes.
The Council’s Shared Lives Service supports adults with additional needs to develop independent living skills and make choices within a family home. 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.
Cllr Pat Garbutt, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: "Shared Lives is very important to the community as it provides essential support to those with additional needs who would like to live either permanently or on a respite basis in a home environment.
"Being a Shared Lives Carer can be very rewarding and can bring a lot of happiness 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."
Joy Leiper (pictured) has been a Shared Lives carer for almost four years with her husband Arthur. They currently share their home with a young man with learning disabilities and have previously supported two other adults in their home.
Joy said: "The most important thing is that you need to be a genuinely caring person, who really wants to make a difference to the lives of others.
"It's so rewarding to help people to learn skills that make them more independent, such as how to get around on public transport and find their way to different places. I've also enjoyed passing on skills such as how to swim and to encourage healthy eating."
If you have a spare room and have a genuine desire to support adults with care needs, then please get in touch. No experience is needed as full training is given. Shared Lives carers receive a payment for the support they provide.
Call 01977 722 254 or visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/sharedlives to find out more about Shared Lives and to hear from other carers' about their experiences.