Carers needed to help adults with learning disabilities experience life in a family setting

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Carers are needed who can help adults with learning disabilities.

Shared Lives Bedford enables adults with learning disabilities to experience life in a family setting, either long term or for a short break, or by having support to access community activities such as going to the theatre, cinema, out for meals, visiting the pub or just going for a walk and chat.

The service is run by Bedford Borough Council and is based in Kempston. Across the country, around 12,000 are supported by Shared Lives schemes.

The role of Shared Lives Bedford is to recruit new Shared Lives Carers to support adults with learning disabilities, providing training throughout the approval process and afterwards to ensure they are able to meet the needs of the adult with learning disabilities.

They also provide a monitoring and supporting role for Shared Lives Carers and the service users. Anyone who lives in Bedford Borough, who would like the opportunity to offer support and life experiences to adults with learning disabilities, can become a Shared Lives Carer. This can range from a few hours a week or month by helping an individual to access community activities like theatre, swimming or the cinema during the day, evenings or weekends, or by providing short-term respite support and accommodation or alternatively long-term support and accommodation. This is

a paid role.

Shared Lives Bedford is currently looking to recruit potential Shared Lives carers to provide anything from a few hours a week to long term placements. Whatever time you have this can make a

difference to a person’s life.

Being approved as a carer takes time, commitment and dedication, but once approved the role is

incredibly rewarding and fulfilling.

If you would like to know more about Shared Lives Bedford and becoming a carer call 01234 228414 or at Sharedlives@bedford.gov.uk