New scheme looks for spare rooms for adults in need in Havering

PUBLISHED: 11:37 12 May 2016 | UPDATED: 16:41 12 May 2016

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has endorsed the Shared Lives scheme

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has endorsed the Shared Lives scheme

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Would you invite an adult in need of support to move into your spare room?

Havering residents are being asked to do just that.

Shared Lives, a national scheme, is asking people to become paid carers to adults with disabilities or mental health problems and invite them to live in their homes.

Gisela Iveson, Shared Lives officer, said: “I think people do it for many reasons.

“Often people are former carers or social workers.”

The council-funded project hopes to see adults become part of their carer’s family, whether for one night or an extended period.

The process to match adults requiring care with suitable carers is an extensive one, with officers looking to match people with similar lifestyles.

Gislea said: “It’s about people not having to go into care homes and entering a family environment as an alternative.

“We also still want to make sure people live independently and have their own lives – it’s about people being treated as adults.

“We work hard to make sure people will feel comfortable in their new homes.”

The national scheme, which has been run by Newham Council for eight years, is being extended into Havering.

Anyone can apply to be a carer but applicants must undergo a series of interviews and checks.

Training in safeguarding as well as health and safety will also be required.

Any interested individuals or families can learn more by phoning 020 8519 9536.

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