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During Shared Lives Week, Derbyshire County Council is encouraging more people to open up their homes to give adults with disabilities the chance to lead an ordinary life.



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Shared Lives Week Highlights Valuable Role Of Derbyshire Carers

by Amber Valley Info on Saturday 15 June 2019



During Shared Lives Week, Derbyshire County Council is encouraging more people to open up their homes to give adults with disabilities the chance to lead an ordinary life.



Shared Lives offers over 18s who need extra support the chance to move in with a carer to share their family life for a long term arrangement, short break or day care.


The authority is encouraging more people to consider sharing their lives with an older person, an adult with learning or physical disabilities, mental ill health or younger, vulnerable people leaving children’s support services.


Shared Lives Week runs from Monday 17 June to Friday 21 June and aims to celebrate the work that carers do.


Shared Lives aims to:


Across Derbyshire, there are around 76 Shared Lives arrangements offering a safe, supportive home to an adult who needs extra support.


The county council is looking for Shared Lives carers across the county but would particularly like to hear from people in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales.


Councillor Jean Wharmby, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Care, said: “Our Shared Lives carers do an amazing job and of course we are always looking for more.


“During Shared Lives Week it gives us an opportunity to highlight just how they help to transform someone’s life.


“Our carers give adults with learning disabilities a life – not a service – which allows them to thrive and do all the things we take for granted in a safe environment with support when they need it.


“I’d urge more people to consider becoming a Shared Lives carer and although we want to encourage people from across Derbyshire to apply we particularly need people in the Dales and High Peak.”


Carers must be over 18 but there is no upper age restriction. People can come from all backgrounds, can be working, unemployed or retired. They can become a carer regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or disability.


They don’t need to own their home but they need to be patient with a stable home life, flexible and willing to learn.


Full training is provided and support is on hand. Carers are paid depending on the type of support they offer.


Shared Lives is registered with the Care Quality Commission and carers are assessed and approved.


To find out more visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/sharedlives or they can contact Derbyshire County Council's Shared Lives team on 01629 533769.


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