Become a Shared Lives carer and make a difference

15/06/2020, PR-9437

​Wakefield Council is celebrating its amazing Shared Lives carers and the lives of the people they support during Shared Lives Week (15 – 19 June).

The Council's Shared Lives Service supports adults with additional needs to develop independent living skills and make choices within a family home.

Shared Lives are urgently seeking to recruit other kind and dedicated people to care for adults in their own homes.

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 Faith Heptinstall
Cllr Faith Heptinstall

Cllr Faith Heptinstall, Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing, said: "Shared Lives is very important to the community and it's fantastic to be able to celebrate these kind and dedicated carers and the people they support.

"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.

If you're think about becoming a Shared Lives carer, you can read Andrew and Debbie's story about how Shared Lives changed their lives here.

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.