Fresh call for carers in Northumberland

County residents interested in taking on a carer role to help adults with specific needs are being invited to find out more about an important project.

Shared Lives Northumberland provides support in a family home for adults who are unable to live alone because of their age or disability.

The initiative provides skilled, trained and committed people who have been chosen to share their homes and lives with others.

Carers are given training and paid an allowance to provide accommodation and support for a few days a week, a couple of weeks or longer.

Shared Lives is particularly interested in hearing from adults who would like to care for people with specific care needs around mobility, mental health and young adults who have turned 18 and are coming out of foster care.

Project manager Julie Steel said: “Becoming a Shared Lives carer will help to transform someone’s life by giving vulnerable adults the chance to learn new skills and live a more independent life.

“We are actively seeking carers in Northumberland for both our long-term and short breaks services.”

The county-wide initiative was set up in 2000. The Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust manages the service on behalf of Northumberland County Council.

For more information about Shared Lives Northumberland, call 01670 536400 or visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/sharedlives