Launch of volunteer HSE Home Sharing Scheme in Sligo/Leitrim

Launch of volunteer HSE Home Sharing Scheme in  Sligo/Leitrim

Aishling Crowe, Host Family Edel and Catherine Hannon and Eleanor Gallagher, at the re launch of Home Sharing Scheme in Bust Hotel, Carrrick on Shannon,

An Information evening to launch the Home Sharing Scheme Sligo/Leitrim took place on the Bush Hotel Carrick-on-Shannon on June 11.

The evening was well attended by local people to find out more about the scheme and how it works. Host families were present to speak about their experiences with being part of the scheme.
The Home Sharing Scheme is a short break scheme facilitated by the HSE in Sligo and Leitrim. It involves caring for and sharing your home with a child or an adult with a disability and/or autism.

The Home Sharing Scheme is flexible. Host families or Host Carers offer a variety of break options including one morning, afternoon or day per week; one night per week or per month; one weekend per month or a longer break during holiday periods.
The most suitable break will be agreed prior to commencement. It is envisaged that it will be an ongoing arrangement between the two parties.
Officiating at the launch Cllr Rosaleen O'Grady, Chair of Regional Health Forum West stated "Having worked with in the services I know the value of respite. I would like to commend my ex colleagues on the work they do, being innovative, leading out and providing this service.''

Ali Crowe, Home Share Social Worker spoke at the launch and gave an overview of the scheme including the benefits to hosts, guests and natural families.
Bernie Donaghy, Disability service Manager Sligo/Leitrim stated: ''It is great when we have families willing to volunteer to become hosts. If you are not working within caring profession people don't always see the skills they have. We are hoping to grow this project.''

Edel Hannon who had availed of Home Sharing Scheme for 15 years spoke about what is was like from their point of view: "My host's son has special needs, I have learned sign language so I can talk to him. Their dog always comes to meet me when I come to the door. Our families have become friends.''
The Home Sharing Scheme welcomes all people from all walks of life.

Regina Bohan, Rosaleen O’Grady, Bernie Donagh, Natasha Philips, Christina Egan and Mary Leydon, at the re launch of Home Sharing Scheme in Bust Hotel, Carrrick on Shannon 

To become a host family or host carer simply contact a member of the Home Share Team. The social worker will discuss the scheme in more detail and a visit to the home or call will be arranged to help the host and the host family to decide whether or not taking part in the scheme suits.
Training in all aspects of care and support will be provided and host families or host carers will have an opportunity to meet with others that are part of the Home Sharing Scheme.
The Home Sharing Scheme is a voluntary scheme with a contribution made to cover expenses that may be incurred.
For more info call Ali Crowe Bergin or Eleanor Gallagher on 086 4634973/ 087 1150044.

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