A NEW campaign has been launch to recruit an army of Worksop carers to support adults who need to live independently.
Shared Lives, run by Notts County Council, aims to recruit carers to help support people with physical or learning disabilities, older people or mental health needs.
All carers will receive training and ongoing support and will be paid depending on the needs of the person or people they care for.
Christine Rodger and Cliff Warnes, from Worksop, previously worked in the care sector and felt they had the right skills and room at home to become Shared Lives carers.
Said Christine: “It can be very difficult for families to let their loved ones go somewhere else when they have a break, so it’s important for us to show that they are getting good quality care.”
“We provide a nice place for someone to stay, support on a one to one basis and offer a different environment for the people we care for.”
“We also get the enjoyment of having the service users around and becoming part of our family.”
“You need patience and the ability to provide a safe and comfortable environment, but anyone who is a caring person could become a Shared Lives carer.”
One of the people they look after is Mark Headley, who has learning disabilities.
He said: “I enjoy their company. I like going out with them both – it’s like going on holiday or a mini break. I like being with them and like Dennis the cat and Sam the dog. I get excited to go.”
Mark’s sister Debra Golds said the scheme allows the family to have a break and time to focus on themselves.
“I like the fact that Mark’s going to a loving family – it’s like home from home. We’re able to relax knowing he’s ok,” she said.
Shared Lives is looking for carers who can provide a range of support, from long-term accommodation to short breaks and regular short-term help during the day.
Coun Kevin Rostance, chair of the adult social Care and health committee, urged anyone who thinks they may have time and space in their lives to help to come forward.
“You may be a retired person who has room in your home; a parent who has spare time in the day or someone who works in the week, but has evenings or weekends free,” he said.
“Shared Lives is a vital scheme which will help older or disabled people to experience ordinary life with real relationships. Please get in touch if you think you can help.”
Anyone who is interested in becoming a Shared Lives carer can visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/sharedlives, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0300 500 80 80.