Can you open your home and heart to an adult who needs your support? If so, Kent County Council’s Shared Lives service wants to hear from you.
Kent Shared Lives is hosting information meetings explaining how to become a host, a paid role supporting people with learning disabilities, mental health conditions, autism, sensory impairment or dementia.
The next event is from 7pm on Tuesday, 23 January at Riverside Community Centre, Dickens Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2JY. It will be a chance to hear first-hand and have a chat with their friendly team, Hosts and people using the service.
Hosts can choose to offer three different types of support. There are day placements of up to five hours, short breaks of between a day and a week and long-term placements.
Hosts receive a good financial reward and benefit from a good work-life balance on a self-employed basis with full support from the team whilst receiving training and being able to develop new skills.
Graham Gibbens, cabinet member for adult social care, said: “Hard-working hosts play a vital role in giving vulnerable people a chance to live independently and lead fuller lives as a member of a family.
“Joining Shared Lives is a wonderful chance to make a difference in someone’s life.”
Kent Shared Lives, currently in its 27th year, supports around 235 adults across the county.
It achieved an overall rating of ‘good’ in its most recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission in August 2017 and rated ‘outstanding’ for well-led.
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If you can’t make the information even on 23 of January, a further event will be held from 7pm on 20 March at Thanington Community Centre, Thanington Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3XE . Further dates to be released shortly or you can book an appointment at their Kroner House office in Ashford.
For more information or to book an appointment, contact Shared Lives on 03000 41 24 00 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.kent.gov.uk/sharedlives.