We are delighted to announce that MacIntyre has gained a new contract to deliver the Shared Lives scheme across Warrington.
While we have had an outstanding Shared Lives presence in the town for some years, we are now the sole providers in Warrington and are working with the local authority to grow and bring some Shared Lives joy to more people
What is Shared Lives?
Spare Room in your home, spare room in your heart?
The Shared Lives programme pairs adults with learning disabilities with supportive host families or individuals – Shared Lives carers. It’s an approach which has been making waves of positive change around the country as an alternative to more traditional approaches such as care homes.
Shared Lives aims to enable people with a disability to experience ordinary life, with real relationships, rather than receive a ‘service’.
Shared Lives models may include:
- Long term accommodation and support
- Short breaks
- Daytime support
- Rehabilitative or intermediate support
- Kinship support where the carer acts as ‘extended family’ to someone living in their own home and where both the homes of the people using the service and the Shared Lives carers are available for contact
Hear from Graham and Danny about how Shared Lives works in practice:
We have three new vacancies to help us deliver our expanded contract in Warrington: a Shared Lives Area Manager, and two Shared Lives Officers.
To find out more, visit our careers page and search Shared Lives.
These roles will enable us to identify, vet, train and support the additional Shared Lives carers we will need in Warrington.
Although essentially self-employed, Shared Lives carers go through an induction and initial training to ensure they have the skills needed to support people with their individual needs. Carers have access to the same training and resources as Support Workers employed by MacIntyre, including specialist areas such as dementia, safeguarding and positive behaviour support.
MacIntyre is registered with the government’s care regulator, the Care Quality Commission.