Over 52 people who pride themselves on being caring and compassionate, have started the ultimate work from home opportunity across the Black Country and city of Birmingham – getting paid to look after someone from within their own home, thanks to the government’s Covid Emergency Fund.
The new roles have been created by three of the twelve Shared Lives schemes from across the West Midlands area; Camphill Village Trust based in Dudley, Walsall MBC and Birmingham City Council, along with UK umbrella organisation, Shared Lives Plus. These ‘ultimate post-pandemic job opportunities’ form part of the much-discussed topic, regarding the future of social care. Thee role see carers providing personalised support to adults with additional needs from within their own home – on either a long-term, over-night respite or day-session basis.
During the recent Shared Lives awareness week, Helen Whately, Minister of Social Care, met newly recruited Shared Lives carers, as well as scheme staff who were part of the national recruitment project.
The Minister of Care, said: “The pandemic has shown us the increased need for social care which offers greater independence through freedom of choice, enabling people to strengthen relationships, which are so vital to our mental and physical wellbeing.”
Currently just providing one percent of all social care services in England, Shared Lives care has a strong track record of delivering good outcomes, with over 90% of adults who live with or visit a Shared Lives carer saying it improved their social life as well as meeting their support needs. Shared Lives’ dramatic growth across the six regional Shared Lives schemes involved in the project shows its potential for the future of social care services.
Shared Lives Carers, who come from a range of careers, are carefully matched with their guests and encouraged to help them develop practical skills, build self-esteem and establish new friendships and social networks in their own neighbourhood, which creates a sense of belonging and community. Training and a support network are provided to all Shared Lives carers.
To become a Shared Lives carer, you must be over 18 years of age and don’t need any qualifications or experience, just the right values, commitment and of course, a spare bedroom.
To find out more about becoming a Shared Lives Carer, call 01384 441505 or go to Shared Lives West Midlands | Adult Support| Camphill Village Trust