18 June 2019
'Just Me' written on a pair of hands

​In Shared Lives Week 2019, Northamptonshire County Council is encouraging people to consider taking on the role of being a carer.

Shared Lives can help tackle loneliness, reduce isolation, help people recover after hospital treatment or mental ill health. Shared Lives Northants has been rated as an Outstanding service for two years running.

This week Shared Lives Northants are once again out and about to catch-up with the Shared Lives community and meet new friends to share experiences with. 

Cllr Ian Morris, Northamptonshire County Council Cabinet member for adult social care said:

 

“We want to celebrate the role of a Shared Lives carer and from feedback we have received we know that Shared Lives can consistently make a significant difference to both the carer and the individual.

“The role of a carer is a rewarding one but also in great demand and I would therefore encourage anyone who has a spare room and the right attitude and willingness to truly share their lives with another person, to get in touch with Shared Lives Northants.”




Emma Davies-Rota of Shared Lives Northants said: “We celebrate Shared Lives week to acknowledge the role of Shared Lives in the community and to raise awareness of the service to the public and professionals throughout the UK.

“Shared Lives helps a wide range of people with a wide range of needs from across the county by promoting independence and encouraging integration in the community.

“Shared Lives Northants provide individual and personalised one-toone support in a family environment which can sometimes not be achieved in any other care setting.”
 
Being a Shared Lives carer is a rewarding job but it is also a personalised and tailored position matched specifically to the carer and the individual. 
 
“Caring for Jane is seen as a job which I am paid for, but really having Jane in our family is a privilege that we are grateful for. When I found out I had been approved as a Shared Lives carer, and that I had been matched with Jane, I could not wait for our new lives to start. I feel proud to be a part of Jane’s life and I am so glad that I applied to be a Shared Lives Northants carer.  I have never looked back and neither have my husband and children, Jane included.” - Shared Lives carer
 
If you would like to know more about the Shared Lives Northants Service or how to become a Shared Lives carer, come along to one of the events this week and meet with one of our friendly team:

  • Tuesday, 18 June 10:00am - noon Shared Lives Carers meeting at Drovers Hall in Kettering, with refreshments
  • Wednesday, 19 June from 10:00am - 1:00pm in the Atrium of One Angel Square, Northampton
  • Thursday, 20 June from 1:00pm - 4:00pm Picnic in the Park at Abington Park, Northampton, near the bandstand
  • Friday, 21 June from 10:00am - 1:00pm Guildhall Jobs Fair, Northampton