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Call for carers in Northumberland

Tuesday, 23 September, 2014
Call for carers in Northumberland

People in Northumberland are being asked if they would like to share their lives, acting in a carer role to support adults with specific needs.

Shared Lives Northumberland provides support in a family home for adults who are unable to live alone because of their age or disability.

The initiative provides skilled, trained and committed people who have been chosen to share their homes and their lives with others. Carers are given training and paid an allowance to provide accommodation and support for a few days a week, a couple of weeks or longer.

The project is delivered through a partnership between Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust which manages the service on behalf of Northumberland County Council.

Shared Lives is particularly interested in hearing from adults who would like to care for people with specific care needs around mobility, mental health and young adults who have turned 18 and are coming out of foster care.

Julie Steel, Shared Lives project manager, said: “Becoming a Shared Lives carer aims to transform someone’s life by giving vulnerable adults the chance to learn new skills and live a more independent life.

“We are actively seeking carers in Northumberland for both our long-term and short breaks services to care for people who have specific needs around mobility and mental health or who are younger and coming out of foster care.

“We really hope that we can get more people involved as Shared Lives carers.”

The county-wide service was set up in 2000 and there are now more than 40 people who are Shared Lives carers in Northumberland. Some of whom have been carers for more than 12 years.

Danny, 41, lives with Christine Hope and her daughter Caren, 18, in Blanchland through Shared Lives.

Christine, a mother-of-four, said: “I had been a social services manager and a foster parent in the past so when my family circumstances changed I looked at becoming a Shared Lives carer as it was a natural progression.

“Danny has lived with us for four and a half years and he fitted in really well. He has become one of the family and he’s part of everything we do. My daughter is now training to become Danny’s second carer which is lovely; she would like to be a foster parent or carer of children in the future.”

Anyone wanting further information about shared Lives Northumberland can call 01670 536 400 or visit the Shared Lives Northumberland website at www.northumberland.gov.uk/sharedlives

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