Inspirational carers in Kirklees who open up their homes to support young people and adults, are being celebrated this week

Shared Lives is a unique caring arrangement enabling more than 14,000 people across the UK with a learning or physical disability, mental ill health, dementia or other ongoing needs, to share their carer’s home and family life.

Anura Sarathchandra, Shared Lives carer in Taylor Hill, said:

 “During my 2 years as a Shared Lives carer, my wife and I have helped support five adults needing a little extra help to be more independent. We have learned so much from the service users that have stayed with us and proud to see them grow in confidence and become more independent.”

David Maxted, Scheme Manager, said:

“We believe everyone has the right to live a full life, in a safe and friendly family home, regardless of the support they need.

As we celebrate Shared Lives week, we want to thank our dedicated carers for the fantastic work they do in Kirklees, helping to create a kinder, stronger society. In recent months Covid-19 has presented challenges for many of our households, which only further emphasises the amazing job they do in helping to improve the lives of so many people.”

More information 

For more information about Kirklees Shared Lives or to find out more about becoming a Shared Lives carer and share your home and life with someone who needs support, visit the Shared Lives website or call the team on 01484 221000.

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