ADULTS in Thurrock who need extra support can benefit from a new ‘adult fostering’ service launched this week.
The Shared Lives scheme – run in partnership between Thurrock Council and Ategi – matches approved carers living in the borough with those who would benefit from additional care and support.
Cllr Sue Little, Portfolio Holder for Children’s and Adult Social Care, attended the launch event at The Beehive Centre, Grays on Monday 26 June to promote the service and encourage residents to become carers.
Shared Lives Carers are paid and go through an assessed training process before being paired with someone in need.
Speaking after the event, Cllr Little said: “I am thrilled to be launching this valuable service in Thurrock. I have been a supporter of this scheme for a long time and have seen it work in practice.
“The pressures on health and care services are clear for all to see. Shared Lives is an important part of how different and targeted services can be used to make people’s lives better and more independent.
“We are looking for people of all ages and backgrounds to become Shared Lives Carers. Single or couple, with or without children – if you have energy, motivation and an understanding of vulnerable or disabled people, you could be a perfect Shared Lives Carer.”
To find out more about the service, please go to thurrock.gov.uk/sharedlives