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Carers who provide a home for vulnerable Powys adults celebrated

FAMILIES and individuals who share their home with Powys adults with learning disabilities, mental ill health or older people have been celebrated as part of Shared Lives Weeks 2024 (24 – 28 June).

Events were held in Newtown and Llandrindod Wells to recognise the Shared Lives carers who open their doors to some of the county’s most vulnerable adults and then support them to live as independently as possible.

Hosted by Powys County Council’s Shared Lives team, those attending heard from many different people about the positive impact that this type of care can have on everyone involved.

“Our Shared Lives carers open both their homes and their hearts to the adults they support and mentor,” said Sharon Frewin, Powys County Council’s Head of Adult Services, “and when this happens everyone involved – both the carers and those supported – usually benefit.

“As a Shared Lives carer, you can make a difference to a person’s life whilst also enriching your own. Carers often find that by creating an extended family and by providing the person with a sense of belonging and connection they become more connected to their community, they learn and experience new things themselves. It really is a unique and enriching arrangement for all involved.

“If you have ever considered providing this type of care and support for an adult with learning disabilities or one who is experiencing mental health difficulties, please look into it further and contact us because it can be a really rewarding experience.”

To find out more about becoming part of the Shared Lives team in Powys email [email protected] or telephone 01597 826539.

More information is also available on the Powys County Council website: https://en.powys.gov.uk/sharedlives

Shared Lives carers provide long-term, short breaks, emergency and day support to adults with learning and physical disabilities, sensory loss, autistic spectrum disorders, dementia, those experiencing poor mental health or issues with substance misuse. They can also help older people.

They receive an allowance, when the person they are looking after stays with them. They also have access to training opportunities, paid respite and support from the Shared Lives team.

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