Drive for Shared Lives
Published Monday 8th October 12 in Council - news and information releases news
More residents are needed to come forward and share their homes and their lives with adults with special needs.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is keen to recruit more carers to help support 600 vulnerable adults in the borough.
The Council's Community Team for People with Learning Disabilities team renewed its appeal for more people to become Shared Lives carers.
This call comes as Shared Lives week gets under way from Saturday 13th October to Sunday 21st October,
Carers would be trained and supported to be able to offer long-term placements in their homes, for vulnerable adults.
Formally known as adult placement, Shared Lives gives the opportunity of permanent accommodation to those who may need additional help in daily life.
Shared Lives carers come from all ages and all walks of life, ranging from bus drivers, to those in business, nurses, teachers and many more.
Those who already undertake this vital role in the Southend area, are celebrating Shared Lives week with a grand fish and chip supper on Saturday 13th October for carers and the people they care for.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council's Executive Councillor for Adult Social Care, Health and Housing, Councillor Lesley Salter said: "The scheme, through its carers, is a great success and ensures that adults with a learning disability can have active and fulfilling lives
"But we still need more carers!
"These would be people who can offer a home, a different outlook, and new life experiences to vulnerable people
"Would-be carers would be required to have a spare room or downstairs accommodation that can be used as a bedroom.
"They are carefully selected and offered full support and training. They can also work towards a recognised qualification if they wish.
"We are seeking people with a genuine interest in others. They must be understanding and positive - ready to support people to live the life they choose as independently as possible.
"They do not need to have experience of working with vulnerable people,
"It is just as important to have a willingness to understand the needs of others."
The Council particularly wants to recruit individuals or families who can offer long-term placements.
Fees are payable to recognised carers who offer accommodation.
Carers have regular social meetings and feel like they are part of one family.
If you are interested or would like to talk to Shared Lives Southend then please contact: 01702 215008 ext 4282, 4295, or 4293 or speak with staff at their display stand at Southend Central Library, Victoria Avenue, Southend from 11am till 3pm on Saturday 13th October.
The stand will remain there, and also on the ground floor of Southend Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend until Saturday 20th October