With support from Shared Lives it is possible to become a self-employed carer supporting adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems or other needs that make it harder for them to live on their own.
Gerry Curran (pictured below), a Shared Lives Carer and former Mayor of Bath, has enjoyed being a carer for over twenty years. The Shared Lives team caught up with him, where he told them of his involvement with Shared Lives since around 1999. He supports people to be independent, to have a social life and to be active during the day.
Gerry also provides overnight respite at his home and told us he does so for a person known to him through Shared Lives, for ten years. Reflecting on his role as a carer, he said: “I enjoy all the different elements of my role. I think that offering respite gives the individual a family environment to be a part of and a break to do something different. It also offers the individual’s families a break from their caring roles.
Day-to-day one of the big issues for people with LD is maintaining a social life and friendships. Things we take for granted like getting out and about and meeting with other people, is challenging when you need someone to support you to do this. “
Shared Lives carers have established relationships with the people they support which makes all the difference. If you or someone you know are thinking about becoming a carer, please email: Suzannah.Cook@virgincare.co.uk