Supported living and Shared Lives
Supported living services provide support for adults with social care needs to allow them to live independently in their own home. People using these services can choose to live on their own or live with other people who require care and support. Individuals then receive assistance from support professionals who help them live independently and reach their goals.
The Shared Lives scheme is a service that brings together people who require support to live independently and paid carers who open up their family home. Shared Lives carers support people for short or long-term placements. Shared Lives Carers are self-employed but are supervised and managed by the local authority. You can find out more about becoming a Shared Lives carer by contacting the Leicestershire Shared Lives scheme.
Explore the local case studies below to find out what it is like to work for a supported living service.
Watch this video to find out what inspired Amar to make the move from a career in logistics to his current role supporting people to live independently in their homes.
Read Julia's story to find out what attracted her to the Shared Lives scheme and why she loves her role.
Watch our interview with Ash and Tracy to find out how they became their own boss by setting up their own supported living service.
Watch the interview to find out how Merle progressed from her first support worker position to her recent promotion to the role of Head of Quality for the North.
Read Kev's story to learn what inspired him to retrain as a support worker after retiring from his career in legal investigation.
Read Lynda's story to find out how being a Shared Lives career has changed her life and career journey.
Read Miranda's story to learn how her career progressed after starting as a part-time support worker during her university studies.
Watch this video to hear from Jodi, Johnny and Lisa about how their support workers help them to live life to the full.
Watch this video and meet Dan who talks to us about his career journey in to his current role's with Heroic Care.
Join Shahana and learn all about her role as a Support Worker with Heroic Care as we virtually followed her on shift.
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