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Tris Brown

Tris Brown

Member Since 16 Dec 2011
Offline Last Active Mar 03 2014 04:10 PM

#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!

#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!!



#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."

#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."