Avalon Shared Lives on ITV
Were you watching ITV news on 19th April? If so you might have spotted Avalon's Shared Lives Development Manager, Jack Woodhams, talking about Shared Lives and revealing how the scheme saves local councils potentially millions of pounds, whilst making a genuine positive difference to the lives of adults with a support need.
For those who missed the feature on the night, you can see the clip in full below, after which you can find out more about Jack's family, and how Shared Lives could work for you.
Jack, along with his wife Rose and son Henry, open their home to provide a long-term living arrangement for Scott and Robin (who each have a learning disability). This is made possible through Shared Lives, the scheme supported by City of York council and managed by The Avalon Group.
The scheme offers both long and short-term placements, with the goal being to create a safe, family atmosphere in which people with disabilities and/or mental health needs are not only supported to the highest standard, but also become part of a family, sharing in the lives of their carers and thriving in ways any member of a family unit would.
For Jack, who also works for Avalon as a Shared Lives Development Manager, it is the "dream job", where every day offers the chance to make a positive difference, and where fulfilling lives are lived together.
If you are interested in becoming a Shared Lives carer in Yorkshire on the North East of England, visit our Shared Lives carer page or get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shared Lives carers come from all walks of life, and no previous care experience is necessary. You can work Shared Lives flexibly around other commitments, and as a carer you can expect to earn between £300 and £500 per week, per individual you support.