“Shared Lives” might not work for everybody, but I’d certainly recommend it”. That’s the message from Mandy Jones, who together with her husband Dai (both pictured right), runs a 150 acre sheep and cattle farm near Llandrindod Wells in Powys.
Since early 2011, Mandy has been working as part of the Shared Lives scheme, through which she opens up her home to - and cares for - vulnerable adults. The scheme is managed in the county by Powys County Council and supports carers with training as well as paying them a living wage for their work.
Mandy had heard of the Shared Lives scheme and contacted the council to find out more. A worker from Shared Lives Powys went to visit Mandy and explained what would be required from her as an approved carer, how she would be supported and how she would be paid for her work. Mandy applied, went through the assessment process and became an approved carer three months later.
Mandy and the adults who stay with her regularly attend social events together and Mandy ensures that they keep in touch with their friends.
Mandy explained how carers are introduced to people who may potentially move in with them. “We actually have someone coming to stay overnight with us tomorrow. However if they aren’t happy or we are not happy then Shared Lives Powys will make other arrangements. There’s no pressure on either side to take a particular person in.”
She added that if there are problems, support is available from the council’s Shared Lives team: “We’ve definitely been supported well. They’re only a phone call away and they’re really helpful.”
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