To become a carer, you will undergo a thorough process of assessment prior to approval, including a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) disclosure at enhanced level.
You do not necessarily need experience of caring, but you do need to be committed to the values of shared lives. Training is provided and the scheme provides on-going support to carers, including an annual review. The scheme is responsible for making placements and matches with carers.
Once matched carers will be expected to provide the person with a bedroom, meals, meet their care and support needs and include them in ordinary family life.
Carers are not employed by the council they are considered to be self employed.
If you are interested in becoming a carer, please contact the shared lives service on (01482) 881144.