Learning Disability Service (Share the Care Scheme) - Northern Trust

Contact Information

Rathlea House, 8A Rugby Avenue, Coleraine, Co Derry, BT52 1JL
Contact Person
Beverley Spence (Team Manager)
Telephone Number
028 7034 7871
Email Address
Web Address
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Additional Information

The Share the Care team is a trust wide multi-disciplinary team supporting and recruiting Adult Placement Carers who provide both permanent and short break placements for adults with a learning disability. No special qualifications are necessary as training is provided. We are looking for people who are caring and have patience, commitment and understanding, and can offer friendship on a regular or permanent basis, or who can spare a few hours to give a family carer a break to recharge their batteries. Short break adult placement carers are volunteers, (but paid expenses for their time and travel),  who can take adults with a learning disability out to do an activity, cinema, coffee, gym, etc. or spend time with them at their home, baking, watching movies etc. or just chilling. If they have a spare bedroom they can be an overnight short break carer. Short breaks can range from one night to several nights and the person will stay overnight in the carers home, taking part in day-to-day family activities in a home-from-home environment.

Permanent adult placement carers provide longer term care in the carer`s own home to an adult with a learning disability. We know that this is a big commitment to make and is not for everyone. We work hard to match and support carers to the person who is coming to live in their home so that they can meet the needs of the person placed with them, and both carer and the service users placed are happy.

AP carers who provide a permanent placement are given a weekly payment, (paid monthly)

  • Coleraine: 028 7034 7871
  • Cookstown and Magherafelt area: 028 7936 5046
  • Ballymena and Antrim area: 028 2563 5529
  • Larne, Carrickfergus, Newtownabbey: 028 9331 5100

Referrals to Share the Care Team may only be made by Learning Disability Teams 

Available to Age Groups
Category of Services
  • Disability - Learning Disability, Autism, ADHD
Areas covered
  • Antrim
  • Ballymena
  • Ballymoney
  • Carrickfergus
  • Coleraine
  • Cookstown
  • Larne
  • Magherafelt
  • Newtownabbey
Method of Access (Referral)
  • Other

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