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Carers celebrated during Shared Lives Week

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Shared Lives Week, which takes place from 14 - 19 June, is an opportunity for us to thank our fantastic team of Shared Live Carers who make such a difference to people's lives.

Shared Lives is a service that matches adults who are in need of additional support, to Shared Lives carers who open up their home and family life, to include the person who needs that care and support. The service is an alternative to care homes and day centres and helps people live a more fulfilling and thriving life.

In Gateshead there are around 54 Shared Lives carers who support people for either a few hours a week, or provide short or long-term care in their own homes, they open up their hearts, their homes and share their family life with people who need additional care and support.  

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Councillor Michael McNestry, Gateshead Council's cabinet member for adult social care said: "Shared Lives Week is a chance for us to say thank you to our wonderful team of Shared Lives Carers who do such a brilliant job. We're proud of everything they do and the difference they are making to people's lives in Gateshead.

"Shared Lives Carers make a tangible difference; people feel settled, valued and like they belong for the first time in their lives. They make friends and get involved in clubs, activities and volunteering, which they may not have had the confidence to do in the past. We want everyone in Gateshead to be living thriving lives and schemes like Shared Lives can help make that happen.

"The week is also chance to raise awareness of Shared Lives as it may be not be familiar to everyone. We know that for many people in Gateshead their home and working lives have changed dramatically over the last year, and now might be the ideal time for people to think about the option of becoming a Shared Lives Carer. We'd love to hear from anyone who's interested in joining our fantastic Shared Lives service."

To help people find out more about Shared Lives the Council is running virtual information events during June, July and September to explain more about becoming a Shared Lives Carer and to answer any questions people may have.

Carer Shania, who is matched with Gillian as well as other adults who need additional support said: "I became a Shared Lives Carer when my two children were small as I needed a job that gave me more flexibility. They look at what your interests and match you to someone who has similar interests and I was matched with Gillian.

"It's great watching Gillian develop and be proud of herself. She feels like part of the family, because she doesn't have one and to me she is part of my family.  I can't praise the Shared Lives system enough, I see how people develop into much better, skilled and happier people."

The next two virtual information events will take place on Tuesday 29 June at 11am to 12.30pm and on Thursday 1 July, 6 - 7.30pm via Microsoft Teams. Further events will be held in September.

 

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14 June 2021

Shared Lives Week, which takes place from 14 - 19 June, is an opportunity for us to thank our fantastic team of Shared Live Carers who make such a difference to people's lives.

Shared Lives is a service that matches adults who are in need of additional support, to Shared Lives carers who open up their home and family life, to include the person who needs that care and support. The service is an alternative to care homes and day centres and helps people live a more fulfilling and thriving life.

In Gateshead there are around 54 Shared Lives carers who support people for either a few hours a week, or provide short or long-term care in their own homes, they open up their hearts, their homes and share their family life with people who need additional care and support.  

Find out more about Shared Lives

Councillor Michael McNestry, Gateshead Council's cabinet member for adult social care said: "Shared Lives Week is a chance for us to say thank you to our wonderful team of Shared Lives Carers who do such a brilliant job. We're proud of everything they do and the difference they are making to people's lives in Gateshead.

"Shared Lives Carers make a tangible difference; people feel settled, valued and like they belong for the first time in their lives. They make friends and get involved in clubs, activities and volunteering, which they may not have had the confidence to do in the past. We want everyone in Gateshead to be living thriving lives and schemes like Shared Lives can help make that happen.

"The week is also chance to raise awareness of Shared Lives as it may be not be familiar to everyone. We know that for many people in Gateshead their home and working lives have changed dramatically over the last year, and now might be the ideal time for people to think about the option of becoming a Shared Lives Carer. We'd love to hear from anyone who's interested in joining our fantastic Shared Lives service."

To help people find out more about Shared Lives the Council is running virtual information events during June, July and September to explain more about becoming a Shared Lives Carer and to answer any questions people may have.

Carer Shania, who is matched with Gillian as well as other adults who need additional support said: "I became a Shared Lives Carer when my two children were small as I needed a job that gave me more flexibility. They look at what your interests and match you to someone who has similar interests and I was matched with Gillian.

"It's great watching Gillian develop and be proud of herself. She feels like part of the family, because she doesn't have one and to me she is part of my family.  I can't praise the Shared Lives system enough, I see how people develop into much better, skilled and happier people."

The next two virtual information events will take place on Tuesday 29 June at 11am to 12.30pm and on Thursday 1 July, 6 - 7.30pm via Microsoft Teams. Further events will be held in September.

 

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