Are you looking for a new rewarding challenge, career change or a better work/life balance? Do you have a spare bedroom? Do you live in your own home (rented, mortgaged or owned outright)? Would you enjoy working from home and like to be paid for making a real difference to someone's life? Then you could become a Shared Lives Carer.
Shared Lives carers open their homes to support people from the age of 18, with a learning disability, autism, physical disability, sensory impairment or mental health condition.
For carers it provides a flexible, interesting job with a fantastic work life balance. With great opportunities for skills development, working as a self-employed professional with support from our team you can offer three types of services from your own home:
Long term support is where the person would live with you and your family, Our Short Breaks (respite) is where the person would come and stay for the odd night, weekend or maybe a week or two.
By becoming a Shared Lives carer, you will make a real difference to the person you support, giving them improved quality of life and supporting social inclusion.
We have identified people who would benefit from Shared Lives, we just need new carers. We believe it is one of the most rewarding things you'll ever do.
Previous experience is not necessary as each Shared Lives carer brings their own unique skills and experience to the job. Our existing Shared Lives carers are carers who may work full time, part time, retired, attending further education, young families, single parents and foster carers. We ask that you have a desire to help people, life experience and a commitment and positive approach to supporting people.
You will receive payment in return for the support you provide, for example:
Shared Lives carers supporting someone with low level needs would receive a payment of £155.40 per week for a long-term arrangement or someone with higher level needs would receive a payment of £260.40 per week. Both levels of support also receive an additional payment towards room costs, food and utilities of £107.68 per week. Bringing the total to either £263.08 or £368.08 per week.
Shared Lives carers supporting individuals with regular respite opportunities would receive a payment of £155.40 per week for supporting someone with low level needs or £260.40 for supporting someone with higher level needs. Both levels of respite support also receive an additional payment of £48.18 towards food and utilities per week.
Shared Lives carers supporting with a 24-hour overnight stay would receive a payment of £49.00 per night for supporting someone with low level needs or £66.00 per night for supporting someone with higher level needs. Shared Lives carers will also receive a daily contribution towards food and utilities of £6.88.
For a friendly chat to find out more please ring to speak to either Yvonne or Linda on 01983 823209, Yvonne and Linda are available Monday through to Thursday 08:30 to 17:00 and Fridays 08:30 to 16:30. Additionally, Yvonne and Linda are available on Wednesday evenings between 17:00 and 20:00 and you can contact them directly by telephoning: 07807159542 or 07815007541.
Alternatively visit our website at https://www.iow.gov.uk/Residents/Care-Support-and-Housing/Adults-Services/Adult-Social-Care-Shared-Lives/Overview8
We look forward to hearing from you.
To apply to become a Shared Lives Carer please request an information pack using this link https://www.iow.gov.uk/iwforms/form.aspx?k=sharedLivesCarerApp
We look forward to starting you on your Shared Lives journey.
In addition to the above, the Isle of Wight Council is a Disability Confident Employer. This means that providing an individual meets the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared themselves as disabled, they will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.
Telephone 01983 823134 or email email@example.com if you need further information about applying. Please note only applications completed and submitted online by the closing date will be accepted.