Shared Lives launches on the Isle of Wight

Shared Lives – a scheme supporting carers who use their homes to look after vulnerable adults – has arrived on the Island.

The initiative helps individuals with learning or physical disabilities, autism, a sensory impairment or mental health condition to live independently in their community.

The Isle of Wight Council is keen to recruit carers and provide information to those who may wish to be supported by the scheme, with a number of events planned from 15 to 25 June.

Dr Carol Tozer, director of Adult Social Care, said: “Shared Lives has operated successfully in areas around the country and we’re pleased to be launching it here.

“These information events are an opportunity for people to get involved.

“The council is committed to ensuring vulnerable adults are given every opportunity to live full and independent lives in ordinary homes.

“Our Shared Lives carers can also offer respite support.

“We would love to hear from anyone with room in their lives to help someone.

“We provide very comprehensive support to our carers and we carefully match them with someone who comes to their home.

“This is one of many initiatives we have supporting people with learning disabilities on the Island.”

Anyone aged over 18 can be a Shared Lives carer, with full training and ongoing support provided.