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These pages explain what Shared Lives means, how people can receive this type of support, and how you can become a Bristol Shared Lives carer.
Shared Lives Week ran from 11-19 October 2014.
- We have new and updated information to share with prospective service users, carers and supporters alike. This includes our recent achievements. Please view our Related Documents on this page.
- See how Shared Lives works - view the new film clip 'Shared Lives, great rewards', made by the Bristol Shared Lives team (at the bottom of the page).
- Find out how Shared Lives supports individuals and whole communities nationally, and importantly here in Bristol.
Shared Lives in Bristol is ten years old this year. Bristol Shared Lives says, "Thank you to all our Shared Lives carers, sharers, families and friends for their involvement in Shared Lives over the decade".
Shared Lives is where an approved carer shares their home and family life with a vulnerable person.
Bristol Shared Lives provides care, support and accommodation to adults of any age who need help with everyday living. This could be someone with:
- learning difficulties
- mental health issues
- or with another disability
The users of the service generally live within the carer's home. Carers come from a range of backgrounds with different family circumstances, with support and guidance provided by a Shared Lives officer.
You could describe Shared Lives as 'fostering for adults', but with an emphasis on maximising people's independence.
Shared Lives carers offer the following:
- Live-in support - within a Shared Lives carer's home, long or short term
- Short Breaks - ie care and support provided on a temporary basis within the carer's home. This may be day care and/or overnight stays.
- Emergency Placements - where the person needing care may have been bereaved, suffered abuse, or experienced other domestic breakdown.
- Support during the day - from the Shared Lives carer's home.
If you are willing to care for a vulnerable person in your own home, then you are one step towards being a Bristol Shared Lives carer.
You could be a Shared Lives carer if you have:
- a home that you own or rent;
- a spare room;
- lots of enthusiasm or previous care experience;
- the support of your household.
We welcome new carers from lots of different backgrounds and family circumstances. You may have a partner and family or you may be single.
Relevant care work experience is valuable, but not essential. We also welcome applicants with enthusiasm and informal experience, as we provide full training and support. You could work from home and make a real difference to people’s lives in return for a weekly fee.
If you would like to find out more, please contact the team at Bristol Shared Lives, or complete the online form.
If you receive care services, you may want to consider the services of Bristol Shared Lives.
We want to expand our services to people with dementia. We invite potential carers to view an online dementia training presentation, part of the Open Dementia Programme from the Social Care Institute for Excellence.
If you, or someone you know, could benefit, please do contact the team at Bristol Shared Lives, or complete the online form.
The Bristol Shared Lives team have been visiting venues in Bristol, to talk to local people about shared lives and invite them to apply to become Bristol Shared Lives carers.
- Look out for more road show dates here.
- Alternatively if you would like the team to visit your community group to explain how Bristol Shared Lives works please contact them using the details on this page.
Venue and detail - (next event at top)
October 11-19 2014
Shared Lives Week: National Shared Lives Week runs from Saturday 11 to Sunday 19 October 2014. This year Bristol Shared Lives are sharing their message and achievements to raise awareness around the city of the important community initiative.
Can we talk to your group? We welcome the chance to come and speak to more community and faith groups, and at meetings of local organisations. Read the letter of invitation from the team and please get in touch (pdf, 288 KB)(opens new window). As our schedule grows we will add them to events listings on this page.