It's Better To Share
Bedfordshire - You Making a Difference”
Shared Lives Bedfordshire supports adults with
disabilities to access everyday life opportunities. To achieve this
we need people like you!
Being a Shared Lives Carer means offering some
of your time to enable a person with a disability to experience
different life opportunities. As a Shared Lives Carer you can
really “make a difference” to a person’s life. It doesn’t matter
how much time you have to spare, you can offer flexible
opportunities which could include accessing the community for an
evening’s entertainment, offering overnight stays from your own
home or even having someone live with you as part of your family
life. Whatever time or interests you have Shared Lives Bedfordshire
can match you to someone who would like to have the opportunity to
try new things
Working as a Shared Lives carer brings its own
rewards, what could be better than knowing that you are making a
difference to a person’s life? You don’t have to have experience as
we offer full training and ongoing support as well as payment for
David has lived with his Shared Lives carers
for nine years. He receives support from Joy, Keith and Mark. David
has thrived, preferring to maintain as much independence as
possible, whether this is through his part-time voluntary work at
Bedford Central Library or his regular bus trips further afield to
buy PlayStation Games!
David’s goals were achieving independence and
this is important part of the support that he has received from his
Shared Lives Carers. David still enjoys being part of the family
and gets out and about with his carers wherever possible whether it
be enjoying going to local concerts or socialising with the
David said: “I love working at the library and
would work more hours if I could. I have been there for six and a
half years and I do things such as making up welcome packs,
stamping books and putting them back on shelves. My Shared Lives
carers have helped me become more independent and this has really
helped with my work placement and my confidence.”
Donna is 20-years-old and lives with her
Shared Lives carers who were formerly her foster parents. Donnas'
Shared Lives carers have supported her in every aspect of her life.
This has really helped Donna become more independent as she now
lives in her own flat attached to the family home. Donna is always
learning new independence skills through the support of her Shared
Lives carers and she enjoys being involved in family activities.
Donna is well known in her local pub which she visits with her
carers. The Shared Lives Service is currently looking to find
additional support for Donna to access an amateur dramatics society
as Donna would like to get involved in acting.
Donna said: “I still go back into the family
home for meals and to play with my foster siblings but at times I
like to have my own space and privacy and my Shared Lives carers
have really helped me with this.”
Both David and Donna feel that without the
help of their Shared Lives carers they would not have had enough
confidence to be independent, travel and meet new people.
As a result of Shared Lives, David and Donna
have tried new things – David has been on a plane and cruise ship
for the first time and Donna has gone from being apprehensive about
the chickens at her day centre, to raising nine healthy chicks
which even involved holding them!
Donna and David’s Shared Lives experience has
also given them the opportunity to develop skills in new areas and
they are now both involved in the training and interviews for new
carers, both listing ‘good listening skills’ as the most important
thing they look for from potential carers during the process.
Be Part of Something
David and Donna have found the support they
receive invaluable and it’s their carers who have achieved
alongside the ongoing support and training from the service.
Shared Lives Bedfordshire is always looking
for new carers – We always need more to keep up with demand and
help make a change to people’s lives. We welcome people from all
walks of. Whatever experience, skills or time you have we can
always use it - there is so much to Shared Lives the possibilities
Do you think you could change lives forever?
Why not contact us to find out?
Telephone: 01234 228426