Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Residents who have cared for vulnerable adults for almost 20 years have been recognised for their hard work.

The Shared Lives scheme was launched in 2000, giving carers the opportunity to open up their homes to care and support some of the city’s most vulnerable people.

But many residents were already providing this vital care long before the scheme was officially endorsed. Now they will be commended for their long-term commitment to the programme.

Councillor Gwen Lunn, portfolio holder for adult services at Hull City Council, said: “The Shared Lives scheme makes a huge difference to vulnerable people’s lives.

Shared Lives carers at a celebration event in the Guildhall.

“It gives them the opportunity to experience living in a family home whilst receiving the care and support needed in a respectful and dignified way.

“It also gives them the chance to develop skills to participate in, and become valued members of our community, something that would not have been possible without the loving care, support and commitment of Shared Lives carers.”

Fourteen families across the city received personally engraved paperweights provided by East Riding Engraving, which were presented to them by the Lord Mayor in a ceremony to celebrate their commitment to the scheme.

Those who become Shared Lives carers are carefully matched with the person they look after and receive full training and financial support.

They also have access to the network of professionals behind Shared Lives, who provide practical help and advice at every stage of the process.

Some people move in with their shared lives carer, while others are regular daytime visitors. Some combine daytime and overnight visits.

If you are interested in a Shared Lives placement or becoming a Shared Lives carer, call 01482 300300.

And learn more about Shared Lives here.

 

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