Shared Lives week recap

June saw Shared Lives schemes across the country celebrating its unique service along with its fabulous carers and service users. Kirklees Shared Lives saw the launch of their new website and scheme identity and the start of their summer-long tour of drop-in sessions across North and South Kirklees.

An opportunity to discover the benefits of ‘Shared Lives’ and how to become involved is being offered at special drop-in sessions over the summer.

Shared Lives Week kicked off on Monday 17 June with the successful launch of Kirklees Council’s new Shared Lives website where people can find out more about how to become a Shared Lives carer and also offers support for existing carers.

What is Shared Lives?

Shared Lives was established in the borough 32 years ago and involves carers opening their family homes to support adults with additional needs, either long term, for short breaks and emergency care. The scheme provides high-quality, regulated care, helping people to build a complete life in their community, enabling access to more activities through a supportive living environment.

Who are our Shared Lives Carers?

Our Shared Lives carers come from all different walks of life, regardless of religion, sexuality or relationship status.  Carers receive a generous allowance and do not need any specific qualifications or experience – just a desire to help people, a willingness to share their home and make a real difference to someone’s life. Once approved, carers receive support and training throughout their time with Shared Lives.

Adele, a Kirklees Shared Lives carer of over 30 years living in Heckmondwike, previously supported two long term service users and now offers short breaks. She said,

“The scheme works both ways, we helped and supported the Shared Lives service users and in turn they enhanced our lives so much with different activities and social events that we had never experienced before. We’ve gone through some special times – happy and sad. All I can say is, if you’ve got love to give then Shared Lives needs you.”

How can I get involved?

Pop along to one of our drop in sessions over the summer and meet some of the support team as well as Shared Lives carers and service users. Let us help you on your journey to becoming a Shared Lives carer with Kirklees Council.     

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