Share The Care Volunteer (NHSCT)

Causeway Coast & Glens

If you have time and energy to spare, and can offer a friendly home on an occasional basis to an adult with a learning disability - then you may be just the person we are looking for.

Adults with a learning disability in the area need your help and support, as do their families and carers. The demands of caring for a person with a learning disability can be very stressful.

Carers and other family members need the chance to have a break from the everyday responsibilities associated with looking after someone with a disability. The share the care scheme allows families to have a break from these responsibilities.

Skills/Experience Required:

  • The best qualities you can have are patience and understanding.
  • You do not need to have a family of your own but you do need to have time and a genuine desire to help.
  • Experience in working with adults with a learning disability, although not essential, would be an advantage.

Training:You will be expected to participate in some first aid, manual handling and management of medicines training. These will be lead by an experienced team from medical, nursing and social work backgrounds.

Joining in Share the Care is a big responsibility and not to be taken lightly, even if you are only hosting people for very short breaks. Before you join the scheme a social worker will visit you and talk in detail about your current commitments and whether or not you could take on this responsibility.

You would have the opportunity of meeting your guest prior to respite placement.


  • Throughout the whole process you will have the full support of the Share the Care Team.
  • You will also receive an allowance to cover all expenses of looking after your guest.

If you think you could meet this challenge or would like more information we want to hear from you.

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