Give something really special this Christmas - your time and care
7 December 2018Local Shared Lives carer, Vanda, and Aaron, the young man she supports, are the stars of this year’s Council Christmas e-card. The e-card has been created to highlight the valuable work that carers do in our community.
Northwich–based Vanda, along with her husband, Jo, have been Shared Lives carers for 28-year-old Aaron for over 10 years, after previously fostering Aaron from the age of eight.
Life is better when shared is the festive message of the e-card, emphasising the importance of sharing memories and experiences with others. It encourages people to consider becoming Shared Lives carers, with the level of support being up to the carer – from enjoying a regular day out to sharing their home with someone that needs support. The role is rewarding for both the carer and person being cared for and, often, lifelong friendships are formed.
Vanda absolutely loves what she does and has a really strong bond with Aaron. “Both me and Aaron wanted to get involved in the Christmas message for Shared Lives as we wanted to help raise awareness of the incredible service on offer in the borough. It’s so rewarding seeing Aaron grow and develop. I would recommend anyone to give it a go.”
The Christmas message has been developed in partnership with Vivo Care Choices who deliver the Shared Lives service. Vivo is owned and regulated by the Council and delivers a range of support for people with learning disabilities, autism spectrum conditions and for older people, including people with dementia.
Councillor Samantha Dixon, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council said: “The Council has a strong partnership with Vivo Care Choices and we thought it would be lovely to feature the fantastic work of our Shared Lives carers in this year’s Christmas card.
“Carers play a vital role in society and it’s important to raise the profile of the service offered by Vivo Care Choices which helps change many lives for the better.”
Shared Lives carers are needed across the borough to provide care and support to vulnerable adults, aged over eighteen, who have a physical, learning or mental health disability, along with older people. All types of people can become Shared Lives carers, from retired individuals looking to do something that they really enjoy, to full-time/part-time workers who can visit individuals during the day, evening or at weekends to help put a smile on their face.
Councillor Paul Dolan, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care “The Shared Lives service is invaluable in the borough and the carers are amazing people. They are so compassionate in what they do and they love providing support to people and making them happy.
“As a Council, we want to protect vulnerable people and promote and encourage independence for our residents. This is why Shared Lives carers are vitally important within our communities.”
The Shared Lives team works with the carers to match them with someone who has the same interests and hobbies. No formal qualifications are needed to become a Shared Lives carer as the team provide training and ongoing support. The Shared Lives scheme is registered, regulated and inspected by Care Quality Commission. Shared Lives carers are paid for the time they give.
If you are interested in finding out more about Shared Lives, please visit, www.vivocarechoices.co.uk/sharedlives.