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#493 Updates

Posted by Tris Brown on 21 December 2012 - 08:52 AM

Hi everyone!


After completely redesigning the website, I thought the time was also right to give the forum a bit of a spruce in time for the new year.


The new design is cleaner, with less clutter and should make it easier for new people to find their way around.


If you have comments or feedback then please do send me a message.  Also suggestions for the future are very welcome!!



#992 See Shared Lives On Itv Calendar

Posted by tim@sharedlivesplus.org.uk on 24 July 2014 - 09:45 AM

You can see a wonderful piece with Dennis, Linda and Ben, a Shared Lives family in Doncaster by clicking here http://www.itv.com/n...ers-vulnerable/


Thanks to everyone at Avalon and Doncaster Council for their support

#909 Woman And Home Magazine

Posted by Helen Brennan on 19 March 2014 - 11:38 AM


I am the Communications Assistant for Shared Lives Plus. As some of you may be aware, Woman and Home are looking for a case study to use from either Homeshare or Shared Lives. They want a dayghter who had put their mother, who must be over 65, into a Shared Lives or Homeshare situation. Lease let me know if you know anyone suitable - the deadline is today, Wednesday,19 March 2014. Thank you. helen@sharedlivesplus.org.uk

#887 Holidays And Short Breaks Service - Colin Visits Scarborough

Posted by tim@sharedlivesplus.org.uk on 03 February 2014 - 04:04 PM

Following feedback from Shared Lives carers and local schemes, Shared Lives Plus established the ‘Holidays and Breaks service’ to allow people to take breaks and holidays in another area of the country.   Taking a holiday can often be expensive for people who have support needs and we are pleased that we are able to offer people an opportunity to take short breaks with Shared Lives carers in family homes in popular holiday destinations or places where they have family connections.


The project is already proving a success, and Colin, a member of the Lewisham (London) scheme recently took the opportunity to use the Holidays and Breaks service to visit the popular holiday destination of Scarborough (Yorkshire).


Colin’s experience was a great one.  He has told us how well supported he was by the host family – being picked up and taken for visits to the many great attractions locally, while being made to feel part of the family and able to support them too.  Of course, key components of any holiday are food and accommodation, and in this respect Scarborough didn’t disappoint either, with Colin highlighting the good food available, and the nice home he was based in.   Colin even singled out the friendly dog, showing once again how being made to feel part of the family is central to the Shared Lives Holidays and Breaks experience.


In fact the break was such a positive one that Colin has called it “out of this world” – his best holiday ever - he is certainly wanting to go again. 


Colin’s experience is one that we are hoping many people will be able to take advantage of – not just in Scarborough, but in many other destinations across the country from a city break, escape to the country or a seaside retreat.


The Holidays and Breaks project is a significant step forward for Shared Lives and the service we offer to our members and we are very much looking forward to hearing about the many more fun and affordable holidays which we hope hundreds of people will take as a result of all the hard work so far.


As Colin said, it was “out of this world” and “the best holiday ever”.  If you want to take part, or know somebody else who would enjoy a holiday or short break, then please get in touch with us on 0151 227 3499, mobile: 07584211755 email: jan@sharedlivesplus.org.uk, or visit the Holidays and Short Breaks page on our website at www.sharedlivesplus.org.uk

#763 Welcome To Sue Eley - New Staff Member

Posted by Tris Brown on 05 August 2013 - 10:04 AM

I have recently joined Shared Lives plus as the Development Officer, Older Adults.  My role is to explore what Shared Lives can offer to older people who need support and care, especially those affected by dementia.  This includes looking at Intermediate Care where an older person may need short term support and re-ablement and support for older carers.


Although some schemes are already involved in offering services to older people, Shared Lives aren’t currently high up the list of options when Commissioners are undertaking assessments or looking at care and support options for older people.   With the continuing roll out of the personalisation agenda for older adults, Shared Lives has the opportunity to offer an alternative to traditional day and residential care through placements, respite and developing micro-enterprises.


I would be very happy to hear from schemes who would like to get involved with this work, looking at how we can help develop schemes to be responsive to the needs of older people, support and train carers in specialist areas and start a dialogue with both your local authority and new Clinical Commission Groups of GPs. 


Do get in touch if you’d like to know more.  I can be contacted at susan@sharedlivesplus.org.uk or on 07900 742044.

#733 Raising Awareness Of Your Work - July

Posted by Tris Brown on 08 July 2013 - 08:53 AM

Alex has written an article for Community Care Market news – subscription only. http://www.laingbuis...terArchive.aspx


There is an article in the July edition of Social Work Matters, published by College of Social Work.


The launch of the Shared Lives Incubator and its accompanying report.  Mithran Samuel wrote about it in Community Care. http://www.community...councils-urged/



Alex Fox wrote an article for Society Guardian, arguing that older people need choice and companionship.




An ategi Shared Lives Carer's story is published in CSSIW’s Care and Share http://t.co/vRMVhDcsGe


Cherry Healey’s Property Virgins on BBC3 featured Homeshare.   Watch it on iplayer http://www.bbc.co.uk...rammes/b036lvyk

And in an associated article on the BBC website. http://www.bbc.co.uk...gazine-23082912


Media to come….

The Evening Standard writing about Homeshare and BBC Berkshire want to do a piece on Shared Lives… Watch this space!

#313 Expanding Leicester Shared Lives Scheme Impresses Shadow Minister

Posted by Tris Brown on 05 July 2012 - 10:32 AM

Sian Clark of Leicester’s Shared Lives Scheme has received funding for a pilot project to recruit carers to provide day time and short stay respite for people with dementia in Leicester. Sian says, “The setting up of the pilot is as a direct result of the good practice day for commissioners in Manchester which was part of National Shared lives Dementia Project [led by Shared Lives South West]. I was able to persuade Leicester City Council lead commissioner for Dementia to attend the day with me. She was so impressed at what a shared lives service could offer, she supported and co-wrote the successful business case which we presented to the Senior Leadership team and the Lead Councillor for Adult Social Care.”

Subsequently, Liz Kendall, MP for Leicester and Shadow Care Minister, visited the scheme and was hugely impressed, saying: "I feel privileged to have met Gill, Richard and Denise. They take people who need care and support into their homes and their lives as real members of the family. I have been genuinely inspired by Shared Lives Plus and am determined to do all I can to support and champion their work here in Leicester and across the country."

#1263 New Shared Lives Plus Website - Coming Soon

Posted by tim@sharedlivesplus.org.uk on 18 May 2015 - 03:24 PM

We'll shortly be launching a brand new, new look website to help promote Shared Lives and Homeshare, and make it easier for people to find out more about what we offer and the services available in their local area. Keep checking back for more details!

#1166 Shared Lives Plus And Social Finance Featured In Daily Telegraph

Posted by tim@sharedlivesplus.org.uk on 13 January 2015 - 12:01 PM

Shared Lives Plus has been featured in a great article in the Daily Telegraph. You can see it here http://www.telegraph...aises-1.1m.html 

#1076 Shared Lives Week 2014 - Living Good Lives!

Posted by tim@sharedlivesplus.org.uk on 10 October 2014 - 12:11 PM

Shared Lives Week – 11-19 October 2014


Shared Lives Week is here to celebrate and raise awareness of the amazing work Shared Lives carers do across the UK.


The theme for Shared Lives week 2014 is “Living Good Lives” and across the country, Shared Lives schemes will be illustrating how the Shared Lives approach to support can transform the lives of many older, vulnerable or disabled adults. Shared Lives is a radical form of care that centres on sharing home, family and community life, in supporting older and disabled adults to lead fulfilling and active lives. Uniquely, it enables people from all kinds of backgrounds to draw on their families, friends and neighbours in supporting some of our most isolated and vulnerable citizens, using the Shared Lives carer’s own family home.


Shared Lives not only gives people entering into a Shared Lives arrangement the chance to be part of a family, rather than other forms of care that can lead to a feeling of isolation,  but also to be part of the wider community. Shared Lives is helping thousands of people with learning disabilities, mental health issues and older people, live more fulfilling and independent lives across the UK.
People living in Shared Lives arrangements often enjoy more fulfilling lives as a result of Shared Lives, with recent research showing that over 90% made new friends as a result, half going on holiday for the first time, and over a quarter of users joining a club not exclusively for disabled people for the first time in their lives.


Shared Lives Plus will be also be premiering a short film about Shared Lives at their first ever Parliamentary Reception in the House of Commons – featuring Lorna and Graham, Shared Lives carers from Bedfordshire to highlight how the Shared Lives approach is supporting the young women that they share their life with.


Shared Lives Plus recently received funding from the Big Lottery Fund and Nesta to try and double the size of Shared Lives across the country over 5 years – and throughout Shared Lives week, events will be taking place to help spread the word, recruit more Shared Lives carers, and make people aware that Shared Lives could be the right option for them.


Alex Fox, Chief Executive of Shared Lives Plus said:




‘Whilst most social care services retreat, Shared Lives schemes up and down the country are telling us that they are ready to support more people. Our research shows that if we can achieve our goal to double the number of people supported within Shared Lives arrangements, people won’t only get good, safe support, but nearly all will make and keep new friends as well. We hope people will hear about Shared Lives this week and get involved through getting in touch with their local scheme or contacting us at sharedlivesplus.org.uk.’


Editors Notes


  1. For media enquiries or to arrange an interview please call The Communications Team on 0151 227 3499 or Tim Moore on 07881 521269.)




2. Shared Lives Plus is the UK network of family-based or very small scale care, support and inclusion approaches for physically and mentally disabled people or older people. We have  8,000 carers who are members of Shared Lives Plus in the UK, with 12,000 people being supported and 150  Shared Lives schemes across the country. 




3. In Shared Lives, an adult (and in some cases 16 or 17 year old) who needs support and/or accommodation moves in with or regularly visits an approved Shared Lives carer, after they have been matched for compatibility. Together, they share family and community life. In many cases the individual becomes a settled part of a supportive family, although Shared Lives is also used as day support, as breaks for unpaid family carers, as home from hospital care and as a stepping stone for someone to get their own place




4. The State of Shared Lives in England 2014 mapped the performance of Shared Lives schemes across the country and highlighted that if all schemes matched the level of the best £150m per year could be saved.





#10 Shared Lives Needed To Complete Mental Health Revolution

Posted by Tris Brown on 19 December 2011 - 01:47 PM

Completing the revolution Transforming mental health and tackling poverty by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ: www.centreforsocialjustice.org.uk) argues that the reforms which began with closing down long stay 'asylums' have stalled, because providing real recovery in the community requires a shift in attitudes and inclusion which has not yet happened.
It recommends a holistic and multi-agency approach which works with whole communities and with families: "The family is largely neglected in mental health policy. Although one’s family can be at the root of the mental health problems faced, it can also be at the heart of the solution."

The report also suggests that, "Local authorities should bolster the provision of ‘family-sized’ care through initiatives such as Shared Lives that provide viable and more compassionate alternatives to residential care."