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Got a spare room? You could become an adult carer

shared lives adult carerTags Adults , Family , Residents

Do you have a spare room at home and an interest in helping vulnerable people? Then you could earn as much as £600 per week as an adult carer.

Shared Lives is a scheme that supports adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems or other needs that make it harder for them to live independently.

The nationwide scheme matches someone who needs care with a trained carer, who then shares their friends, family and other aspects of their life with them, while also offering care and support.

And the scheme is looking for people who are interested in becoming carers in Barking and Dagenham.

A borough full of people who care

Councillor Maureen Worby, Cabinet Member for Social Care and Health Integration, said: "We're a borough full of people who care about those around them and look out for each other, so this is a wonderful opportunity for someone who is interested in making a real difference to a vulnerable person’s life.

"We're delighted to be working with Grace Eyre to offer the Shared Lives scheme in Barking and Dagenham, so that more people can gain the confidence and skills they need to live independently." 

Grace Eyre is a charity that supports people with learning difficulties. The organisation helps recruit, train and develop carers as part of the Shared Lives scheme.

Live fulfilling lives

Miranda Keast, New Business and Development Director from Grace Eyre, said: "We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Barking and Dagenham and offer new, rewarding care opportunities to residents in the borough who can support people with extra needs to live fulfilling lives as part of their local communities." 

All carers are vetted before being matched up with a vulnerable adult. For compliance, Grace Eyre are registered with the Care Quality Commission.

If you’re interested in hearing more about the Shared Lives scheme, head along to a free event being hosted in Barking Town Hall to hear more about what it takes and the benefits.

The event will take place on Thursday 29 November between 6.30pm and 8pm, and you can just turn up – there’s no need to register in advance. For more information email 

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