Have you got room in your home and your heart for Shared Lives?
From 14-20 June it’s Shared Lives Week, a chance to showcase the amazing work of over 10,000 Shared Lives carers using their own home and family life to share it with someone who needs support around the UK.
Dorset Shared Lives service is looking for more people in the county who can open their homes, and their hearts, to help someone learn how to live more independently.
Shared Lives carers are self-employed, work from home and receive payment for every placement. They can qualify for tax relief on earnings and receive full training, regular breaks and a UK support network. And you get to see the amazing difference in someone’s life – it’s the ultimate work from home role!
A day in the life of a Shared Lives Carer is hardly ever the same and that is what it makes it so wonderful. Fulfilling, challenging, flexible and knowing that you are making a real difference to someone’s life.
The role is unique. It’s about opening up your home to support anyone aged 16 or above to live a full life regardless of the support they need in a family and community of their choosing. It’s also about having a flexible job and working for yourself to create a better life balance.
Cllr Laura Miller, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health at Dorset Council said:
“There are many benefits to being a Shared Lives Carer in Dorset. The flexibility and freedom of working from home, flexible working hours and choosing whether to care for someone on a long-term basis, for short breaks or day support are all ways of being able to support someone.
“You don’t need any formal qualifications – you will receive all the appropriate information & training and of course you may have your own experience from other forms of care to draw on. However previous experience is not essential – you just need a kind heart and a spare room!”
To find out more or to register your interest in becoming a carer visit www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/sharedlives
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