Find out more about becoming a carer at the Shared Lives Garden Party
This Shared Lives Week (17 – 23 June) the Shared Lives team is holding a Garden Party for potential carers to find out more about the scheme.
The team would love to talk to anyone who is interested in becoming a carer and this fun, fete style event will be an opportunity to meet them, as well as some of our existing carers and ambassadors. The event is being hosted by The Butterfly Garden, Cheltenham on Thursday 20 June between 11am and 2pm – all are welcome.
It’s an opportunity to have fun and say thank you to existing carers, and hello to potential carers who wish to find out more about the scheme. There are lots of traditional fete style activities planned plus crafts, come rain or shine. Refreshments will be available including a barbecue and ice creams.
The council is currently recruiting for 40 new Shared Lives Carers. It is flexible, rewarding work in your own home. Approved carers are self-employed, with access to preferential tax arrangements and all receive ongoing training and support.
These carers provide a home and family to people with care and support needs, helping them to make the most of their life. They support adults who are unable to live independently, either on a short or long term basis. And by providing support for them in a home setting, carers allow individuals to move out of traditional residential or social care.
The support provided is always matched to suit carers’ experience and ranges from helping with everyday tasks, to more specialist skills. Short term support is available to help people who need time to adjust to living independently, for example teaching them to budget, shop and cook. Support is also provided for people who are fit to leave hospital, but not quite ready to return to their own home; and there are longer arrangements as well as short respite breaks, caring for people with long term care needs.
Cllr Kathy Williams, cabinet member for adult social care delivery at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Shared Lives Carers make a huge difference to the lives of people in Gloucestershire. By opening their homes to those in need of support, Carers can really enrich their lives, and help them to be part of a family and the local community.
“No special skills are required. So if you’ve ever considered becoming a carer or simply want to find out more, please come to the garden party and talk to the team.”