Shared Lives Fife
Shared Lives Fife
SHARED LIVES FIFE
(formerly known as the Community Living Service)
Shared Lives Fife provides family-based care to adults and older people affected by physical and mental health disabilities and difficulties in the homes of carers across Fife. Shared Lives Fife aims to match families or individuals who are willing to share their homes, lives, interests, experience and skills with adults and older people who need support to live their lives to the full.
Shared Lives Fife provides:
- Long Term support which offers a place living with a family for as long as this meets the person’s outcomesand the carer is able to provide the support;
- Support for Short Breaks (either regular or one off breaks) to enable the person’s main carer to have a break, while offering the person in need of additional support, a new experience within a family setting;
- Day Support where a person who requires additional support has the opportunity to access their local community or work on their independent living skills with a matched Shared Lives Carer.
The Benefits of Shared Lives Fife:
- It is delivered in the local community by the local community;
- Based on building relationships, even a few hours a week can make a huge difference to someone’s life;
- It is very personalised and gives the individual more choice in their lives;
- This service is unique and is of mutual benefit to the carer and the supported individual;
- It is a way of life, not a job.
Becoming a Shared Lives Fife Carer
Choosing to become a Shared Lives Fife carer is a big decision, which affects you, your family and your community. You would be expected to offer both accommodation and support to someone and share your home with them. The support you provide may include:
- personal care, like washing and dressing
- emotional support
- helping the person you are caring for manage their money
- helping the person to take their medication
- helping the person with cooking and cleaning
- encouraging the person to be independent.
It can be a challenging job but it also brings many rewards. This could be for you if you are:
- willing to give someone the support and care they need
- willing to include that person in your everyday life
- over 21 and either single, married, civil partners or living together as a couple
- medically fit
- willing to consider different ranges of support requirements
You must also:
- have a separate bedroom available
- have a telephone
- have your own transport or ready access to public transport
- have some experience of supporting an adult with additional needs
- not own dogs described in the Dangerous Dogs Act or other prohibited animals
As a Shared Lives Fife Carer you will:
- be self-employed and will work from home
- receive payment for the support you provide
- not be taxed for most of your income
- get continuous support and guidance from us and have regular training, newsletters and support meetings with other Shared Lives Fife Carers
How To Apply
If you would like to become a Shared Lives Fife carer please complete the online form available on this page. There is also a Microsoft Word version which you can download to complete, then post it back to us. You can complete this version electronically and email it back to us as well.
If you would like to talk to us before filling in the form, please use the contact details on this page.
What happens next?
- One of the Shared Lives Team will contact you to discuss your enquiry;
- At this point you may be formally invited to submit an application;
- This will be followed by a visit to your home to discuss what you feel you can offer and to ensure you meet our criteria, we will then commence the assessment;
- Following this, if you want to continue we will invite you to attend carer’s induction training with other interested families.
For your application to be successful we must receive satisfactory references and checks as detailed at the information session.
After you are approved you will get:
- A Shared Lives Fife link worker
- Quarterly business meetings with other carers
- Dedicated training
- Financial Support (Shared Lives Fife carers are not salaried as members of staff but provide a service for the local authority on a self-employed basis. Remuneration is in the form of weekly fee).
What Experience and Qualifications do you Need?
You must have experience of caring for people over the age of 16 years old (this can be any age over 16). This could be through paid or voluntary work, or through caring for a relative. You may already be fostering a child with a disability. You do not need formal qualifications, but as part of the process to become a carer you will have to:
- go through training courses
- become a member of the PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups as run by Disclosure Scotland) Scheme
- have your home checked for health and safety
Contacts for Further Information
If you would like to discuss becoming a Shared Lives Fife Carer, you can contact a member of the team. The current team members are as follows;
Team Manager - Suzanne McGuinness
Social Workers - Tom Coventry, Andrew Millar, Irene Young
The Shared Lives Fife Team can be contacted on 03451 555555 ext 460677or by email - SharedLives.Fife@fife.gov.uk
Shared Lives Fife
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