Becoming a carer
In Gateshead we have opportunities for people to get involved with caring.
The Shared Lives service supports adults aged 18 - 65 years with a disability to access a wide range of activities and opportunities in their local community and achieve their aspirations.
Shared Lives carers will help individuals to learn new skills and become as independent as possible, sharing their home and time with someone who needs support.
The service places adults who are looking for somewhere to live with trained and approved Shared Lives carers. For example, adults may need support if they are returning to the community from hostels or long-stay hospitals, they might not be able to manage on their own, or they may be unable or unwilling to live with their own families.
Interested in becoming a Shared Lives carer?
Shared Lives carers are ordinary people from the local community who are given training to become carers. As a Shared Lives Carer you may offer help for a few hours each week or you may wish to have someone to stay for a few days to give their relatives a break from caring. The service also matches people on a longer-term basis.
Experience of helping people is useful but full training will be given to you, and can lead to a recognised qualification. Allowances are paid to you for the help you offer.
If you're interested in becoming a Shared Lives carer contact Adult Social Care Direct using the details at the bottom of the page.
Contact Adult Social Care
There are many ways to contact the adult social care team, both online and over the phone.
We encourage people who can contact us online to do so, as it helps to free up phone lines for emergencies or for those who don't have access to or the skills to use computers.