Could you share your home with an adult who is in need of support?
That’s just what kind-hearted Clare did after becoming involved with the Shared Lives scheme in Hull. Clare has been a Shared Lives carer for 18 months and welcomed Anna into her home almost a year ago.
She said: “I have been caring for Anna for nearly a year. She has cerebral palsy and came to me with low confidence and self-esteem. She has had some mental health issues in the past too.”
But since they began living together, Clare said Anna’s confidence has improved hugely.
“Anna has thrived since coming to me,” said Clare. “She now goes to swimming lessons at Frederick Holmes and is about to go on her second overseas holiday. She goes to drama and college and Millers day centre in Beverley every week.
“She is more confident and has matured.”
Learn about Anna and Clare in the video below:
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.