More Shared Lives hosts are needed to open their homes to support adults across Kent and make a real difference to their lives.
Being a host is a really rewarding job supporting people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health conditions, autism, dementia or older people to live independently in the community.
Kent County Council is holding an information event at 7pm on 20 July at Ditton Community Centre where people will get a chance to talk to hosts, people who use the service and members of the Shared Lives team.
Being a Shared Lives Host:
- provides a flexible, interesting job with a fantastic work-life balance
- offers great opportunities for skills development
- lets you be self-employed, with support from the team
- is well paid.
Graham Gibbens, KCC Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: “We want people to live independently in the community with the support they need and our Shared Lives hosts really do change people’s lives. We know that we have many more adults who would benefit from Shared Lives and so we need more people to become hosts. Being a Shared Lives host means opening up new opportunities for people, giving them the skills and support they need to help them to lead a more fulfilling life.”
Hosts can provide long-term, short break, day support or transition placements and while having experience of care work or being a carer would be an advantage, it is not a requirement and full training and ongoing support is provided.
Becoming a Shared Lives host can really change the life of the people you support. Hosts can give people better quality of life with new experiences like going on holiday for the first time, the chance to live in a family environment and developing lasting relationships.
Shared Lives also gives people the opportunity to meet more people, get involved with the community, try new hobbies or get a job.
To find out more, come along to the Ditton information event on 20 July, or call the team on 03000 412400.