A UK scheme for adults with learning disabilities could be implemented in the Isle of Man.
The Department of Social Care is investigating whether the Shared Lives scheme, run by Liverpool-based care organisation PSS (Person Shaped Support) would be suitable for Manx residents.
Members of the public who are interested in becoming a Shared Lives carer are being urged by the department to attend one of four information sessions to find out more.
Advertising for potential carers, the department says Shared Lives offers support for adults with learning disabilities to live at home or have respite care with a trained carer and their family. It would replace the existing 'Adult Placement' service on the island. The department states that the service has shown real results, creating positive lifestyles for vulnerable adults, and that potential carers do not need previous experience, just a willingness to learn and take part in any training needed.
The information sessions are being held on Wednesday January 15 at Centre 21 in Douglas at 1pm and 5pm, and on Thursday January 16 at the Northern Lights community centre in Ramsey at 1pm and 5pm, and will each last about an hour. The aim is to help PSS establish whether there is enough interest to develop the scheme on the island.
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