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: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Holidays and Short Breaks page on our website at www.sharedlivesplus.org.uk