More Shared Lives carers are needed

MORE carers are needed to help the elderly and people with mental illnesses to become more independent.

As part of Shared Lives week, which runs until Sunday, North Somerset Council is looking for more carers to take part in the scheme.

Shared Lives has been running since October 2010 and currently enables people with learning disabilities to live in an ordinary family home and be part of the community.

The scheme can offer short breaks, respite and day support as well as somewhere to live on a long-term basis.

North Somerset Council is now looking to expand the service to older people and people coping with mental health problems.

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Carers need to have patience, empathy, a sense of humour and willingness to include someone in their home and family life.

Participants receive payment for the support and accommodation they provide and there is a thorough assessment process before someone is approved as a carer.

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Shared Lives workers will be at Portishead Library, Harbour Road, from 10am-4pm on Thursday and Clevedon Baptist Church, Station Road, from 10am-noon on October 25.

You can also find out more by calling 01934 427600 or visiting

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