Welcome to our new holiday page! We are delighted that many people are taking the opportunity to take holidays with Shared Lives carers. It might be in your local area, off to enjoy country life, a seaside holiday or to see the sights of the big city! Shared Lives carers offer a safe and supportive home environment and an enjoyable holiday experience.
We have found that many holidays are happening within schemes and between schemes and we have documented over 200 holidays last year (2014) We want to make it a choice available to all our service users. So we are reviewing the documentation, encouraging new schemes to join, and providing support to work out any issues. We want to make the summer of 2015 our most successful ever!
Holiday makers! – Service users can check out the holidays on offer by using the map to look for the location and holiday they want. At present they need to be using a Shared Lives scheme to use the holiday service. They can be long term or short breaks service user. Holiday carers support individuals with varied needs, some carers can support friends or couples and carers to holiday with their family member. Family carers can access holidays on behalf of their family member
Shared Lives carers –can offer to host holidays or support their service users to access a holiday with another carer. Your scheme will need to be a member to enable you to be a holiday carer, which just means your scheme need to contact Shared Lives Plus and register.
If you then want to offer holidays you will need to complete a carer profile for placement on our holiday page. The profile form should be obtained from and returned to your scheme. Some simple paper work, a support plan, a contingency plan for emergencies and contact needs to happen before the first holiday. Many first holidays go onto become regular bookings.
Schemes – Schemes will need to join if you want to offer holidays or use other schemes for holidays. A user guide is provided here to help answer any questions about the process. We are supporting several schemes to run pilot schemes this summer with sister schemes, ask us if you are interested. We intend to make the process simple, safe and accessible to minimise the workload for scheme workers and maximise usage of the service.
Shared Lives Plus support this service by registering members, linking up schemes, keeping the page up to date, answering queries and sharing stories. Denise Nygate can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org mobile 07867452160 and for registration and carer profiles forms contact email@example.com