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Shared Lives

SHARED LIVES– make a difference; share your home and community life

 

Shared Lives Bedford enables adults and young adults aged from 16, with a learning disability to experience life in a family setting either long-term, for a short break or by having support to access community.

 

It’s a way for people to share family and community life. It can often result in people with support needs doing things for the first time in their lives such as joining a local club or community group, making friends or going on holiday. People can also be involved in activities such as going to the theatre, cinema, visiting the pub or just going for a walk and a chat, ensuring we cater for each individual’s likes and dislikes.

 

Cllr Anthony Forth, Portfolio Holder for Adults’ Services at Bedford Borough Council said: “Sharing your home, and life, with an adult with learning disabilities can be hugely rewarding. It can improve outcomes for the individual and can have a wealth of positive experiences for all involved. You could make a real difference to someone’s life.”

 

However, for this service to thrive we need to recruit more carers to give more people the chance to experience this unique and individual care and support.

 

If you become a Shared Lives Carer, you will undergo an assessment and be trained to enable people to access and enjoy a more fulfilling, independent life. You will also receive competitive financial payments on a self-employed basis for the support or sessions that you provide. You are also eligible for a Shared Lives Tax Break.

 

Whether it’s going for a coffee, a walk or watching a football match, all this and more can really lift the spirits for both parties. Sharing your home and family life can have a wealth of positive experiences for all involved.

 

If you want to know more about Shared Lives in Bedford, please contact Clare Waller (Scheme Team Leader) or one of the Shared Lives Bedford team on 01234 228560 alternatively, email sharedlives@bedford.gov.uk

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