'Anyone can do it, as long as you care.'
Shared Lives is a unique way of supporting someone; it is often very rewarding for both the carer and the person using the scheme.
It's flexible, so anyone can be a Shared Lives carer; whatever your faith or culture, whether you already have a job - full-time or not - whether you're a student, a single person or a couple, if you're retired, or if you have a family living at home. We will do our best to find a placement to suit you, your commitments and the level of caring you want to give, whether that's a residential placement, or a couple of hours of day support twice a month - or anything in between!
Because it is a there are certain expectations about how the support is provided and we will go through these with you before any placment is made.
Our team will support you to develop into your new role, every step of the way. You'll have ongoing, regular training which will start even before you're approved as a carer, on topics like first aid, medication, safeguarding, equality and diversity and fire safety in the home. We'll keep in regular touch with quarterly and annual reviews to support you and you'll get regular emails. You'll also have access to Persona's monthly newsletter and you'll be able to contact Persona's Wellbeing Champions for personal advice or support, should you need it.
Being a carer is a paid role on a self-employed basis; we can discuss this more with you in person if you like.
You must be a Bury resident to be a Bury Shared Lives carer.
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