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Could you share your home to change someone’s life?

by Cathy Sheel

This Shared Lives Week (26 – 30 June) the team from Knowsley’s Shared Lives Service is asking ‘Could you share your home to change someone’s life?’

The scheme, which recruits carers to provide home-based care for adults who have a long-term condition but want to live independently in the community, is appealing to Knowsley residents to become Shared Livers carers.

There are lots of ways people can get involved with Shared Lives – by offering a permanent home to someone, or short break support to give permanent carers a break. Carers will receive a weekly payment, extensive training and 24/7 support.

Both families and individuals of any age can get involved with Shared Lives – which offers a great opportunity for anyone looking for a new challenge, or maybe approaching retirement.

Where can I find out more?

During Shared Lives Week there will be roadshows across Knowsley where you can chat to the Shared Lives team and find out more about becoming a Shared Lives carer. They will be at:

Kirkby Town Centre (near the tree), Tuesday, 27 June, 10am – 3pm.

Huyton Village, (near Home Bargains), Thursday, 29 June, 10am – 3pm.

Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Cllr Del Arnall said: “Shared Lives Week is a great opportunity to thank all of our Shared Lives carers for the amazing work they do – and to encourage more people to get involved with the scheme.

“For many adults placed with carers, this will be their first experience of being part of a loving family and having the independence to live a fulfilling life in their local community.

“Becoming a Shared Lives carer is incredibly rewarding as you know you are making a difference to the lives of some of our most vulnerable residents. I’d encourage anyone who is interested to get in touch, and we will support you every step of the way.”

If you’re interested in getting involved in Shared Lives, contact 0151 443 2060.

Shared Lives Week is an annual campaign run nationally by Shared Lives Plus to celebrate the best of Shared Lives and show gratitude for the amazing work of Shared Lives carers.

This year’s campaign will be asking the public ‘have you considered Shared Lives?’ and will recognise how all Shared Lives carers have gone above and beyond the call of duty to provide the best care to those they support.