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Published on January 26th, 2016 | by admin


Shared Lives Scheme

Solihull Council is working in conjunction with Coventry City Council to develop a Shared Lives Scheme and we are looking to recruit Shared Lives Carers to be part of it. In return, carers will receive a generous allowance.

Anyone can apply to become a Shared Lives Carer. You may have had experience of working in social care, but it’s fine if you’ve had no experience at all. What’s important is that you’re enthusiastic, committed, caring, encouraging and sensitive to others’ needs.

Shared Lives involves sharing family and community life. For instance, Shared Lives Carers and the people they support might go on holiday together, or go to each other’s family parties and events. Shared Lives Carers can support up to three people at any one time.

All sorts of people can be supported in a Shared Lives Placement including:

  • Adults with a learning disability
  • Adults with mental health issues
  • Adults with a physical disability
  • Older people/dementia
  • Young people in transition to adult services

To be considered for the Scheme you will need:

  • Willingness to support adults within your own home
  • Willingness to develop a family environment for the people you support
  • Willingness to be involved in training and the preparation work required to be approved as a Shared Lives Carer

In return, the Shared Lives Scheme provides:

  • Induction, a clear approval process and on-going training
  • Day-to-day support from dedicated team members
  • Contact with other Shared Lives Carers
  • Access to breaks and respite

For more informaiton on the Shared Lives scheme visit: www.coventry.gov.uk/sharedlives

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