The Ealing Shared Lives scheme brings together adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities with local families.
Adults who use the scheme are either able to live with their host family or visit them for overnight; short term respite care or support in the community.
Anyone thinking about becoming a Shared Lives carer will be able to have a chat with the council’s team at information events in Ealing and Acton being held as part of Shared Lives Week 2015 from 19-23 October.
Shared Lives carers who provide long term residential support are paid between £342.54 and £449.65 a week. Short term care is paid on either a daily or hourly rate.
No qualifications are needed but carers must live in the borough, have at least one spare room and be willing to share their homes and devote the time and energy needed to care for an adult with a learning disability.
Councillor Hitesh Tailor, cabinet member for health and adults services, said: “It is fantastic to see the difference that Shared Lives can make to the person receiving support who might otherwise live in a care home. Shared Lives helps them to feel part of a new family and community. Equally carers also tell us how emotionally rewarding they find it to help someone by sharing their lives and their homes.”
The Shared Lives team will have their information stall and be on hand to answer any questions potential carers have on the following days:
Monday, 19 October, 9am-4pm, Ealing Council customer service centre Perceval House, Uxbridge Road, Ealing
Wednesday, 21 October 10am-5pm, Everyone Active Acton Centre (foyer), Acton High Street
Friday, 23 October 3-5pm – ‘Take a break, share a cake with Ealing Shared Lives’ Telfer Room, Ealing Town Hall
Or for more information visit the Shared Lives pages or call 020 8825 5436.