Spare room in your heart? Spare room in your home? Could you share your life and your home with a vulnerable adult? Have you heard of the Shared Lives Scheme?
You’ll provide a home to an adult with a learning disability, who will live with you either full-time or part-time.
You’ll be responsible for ensuring they have a safe, welcoming home, and will help them keep up with family and friends, plus develop new relationships and new interests.
If you’re providing full-time care, then the person will live with you all the time, just like a member of your family. If part-
time care, then this might be on a regular or occasional basis, and the time commitment will vary.
Who can be a Shared Lives Carer?
Single people, couples, families with children carers come from all family types and all walks of life. We match people who suit each other’s circumstances.
We are looking for positive people who want to share their home and family with someone else.
We provide you with full training and a support network, so you don’t need any experience. Please DON'T think you need to have worked as a Support / Care Worker or Healthcare Assistant as this is not the case.
Who are we?
MacIntyre is a national charity supporting people with learning disabilities in a number of innovative ways. We are delighted to have been awarded the contract to run the Shared Lives scheme in Central Bedfordshire, and are now recruiting new Carers in the area.
Pay and Rewards
Shared Lives Carers are self-employed and do not pay tax on their earnings. This is similar to arrangements for foster carers.
Long term carers have four weeks' paid holiday a year.
What Shared Lives Carers say Being a Shared Lives Carer fits with my own family and interests and gives us a real sense of achievement as a couple.
The person is part of our family for the time he is with us. I prefer being a Shared Lives Carer to support work because I can focus on one person’s preferences and needs.
I have got so much out of it too. I have learned about myself and developed new skills, I know new people in my community.
Being a Shared Lives Carer has opened doors for me, I have new opportunities. I have enjoyed building a positive relationship based on trust and support with the person and their family.
To find out more, contact Joe Bavington (Shared Lives Manager) on 01525 406501 or 07834 168280 or email him at joe.bavington macintyrecharity.
org. You can have an informal exploratory discussion with Joe, no obligation, and if you would like to go ahead with your application, he will meet with you.
joe.bavington macintyrecharity.org Safer Recruitment
Although you will technically be self-employed, this post will require an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check, together with all other relevant recruitment and right to work checks.
Where relevant, candidates from outside the EU will need to produce a biometric residency permit. Additionally, any successful candidate who has spent six months of more outside the UK (as an adult) within the last five years will need to obtain an overseas police check.