Picnic thrown for people interested in Shared Lives scheme

Telford’s Shared Lives Carers are taking centre stage for this year’s Shared Lives Week celebrations.

Picnic thrown for people interested in Shared Lives scheme

Shared Lives week, which runs from 17 to 25 June, is an annual campaign to raise the profile of Shared Lives and highlight the need for more Shared Lives Carers. 

“It’s worthwhile, rewarding and you get paid” is the message from the carers who support the borough’s most vulnerable adults to live an independent life in their own homes.

To celebrate Shared Lives Week, carers from across Telford will be having a picnic in the Town Park on Thursday 22 June between 12pm and 2pm. Anyone interested in becoming a Shared Lives Carer can come along and chat to carers to find out how rewarding and worthwhile a job being a Shared Lives Carer can be.

For those unable to make the picnic, a Facebook Live broadcast of the celebratory picnic will happen around 1pm. People watching will be able to find out everything they need to know about being a Shared Lives Carer and ask carers about their experiences.

Councillor Paul Watling, Cabinet Member for Children’s and Adult’s Early Help & Support at Telford & Wrekin Council explained that the council are looking to recruit more Shared Lives Carers this year.

Councillor Paul Watling said: “Our Shared Lives Carers do a wonderful job providing caring homes and helping to vulnerable adults to live more independently. Our service has been rated as “Good” by the Care Quality Commission, which is fantastic.”

“We are on the lookout for more Shared Lives Carers and Shared Lives Week gives us the perfect opportunity to encourage people to find out more about the opportunity and see if it is for them. If you’re looking for a change of career, then please come along to our picnic and hear first-hand from our Shared Lives carers what a rewarding thing it is to do.”

Mitch Morgan from Leegomery shares his home with three people with learning difficulties. He said: “I’d definitely recommend people to come along to our picnic to find out about being a Shared Lives Carer. You’ll be able to meet me and other Shared Lives Carers, to find out hear exactly what’s involved. You’ll also get the chance to talk to staff about all the first class training and support they offer too. Anybody can become a Shared Lives Carer.”

If you are interested in becoming a Shared Lives carer, join us at the picnic or visit telfordsharedlives.co.uk