National Charity Shared Lives Plus appoints former ADASS President as new Chair
Former President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), Richard Jones CBE has been appointed Chair of the national charity, Shared Lives Plus.
Shared Lives Plus in the UK network for approaches to Shared Living, promoting the innovative and growing Shared Lives model of care and support, and Homeshare.
Richard has national leadership experience as a former NHS and Social Care Director, and President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (2010/11). He has also been Director of Adult Social Care in Lancashire.
Richard will lead a board of trustees overseeing an organisation seeking to double the size of the Shared Lives sector over 5 years, following grant support from Nesta, the Cabinet Office, NHS England and The Big Lottery Fund.
Shared Lives Plus has similar ambitions across all nations of the UK and also has support from the Welsh Government to develop Shared Lives.
“I’m delighted to be taking on this role at such an exciting and important time for Shared Lives and Homeshare.”
“My commitment stems in large part from the people I have been privileged to meet in my many roles for whom a family, love and care has made such a difference.”
“I know in my own life that it is my family, my relationships and being accepted and loved that gives my life meaning. I am determined that this should be the experience of so many more people who need care and support services.”
“I invested in Shared Lives in Lancashire when I was working there and I am proud about the way that scheme has grown and developed as one of the largest in England. I hope to be part of a team delivering similar growth across the country.”
“I am honoured to take on the role of Chair of Shared Lives Plus and build on the work of Nancy Plowes”.
Richard is also a Trustee with Anchor, Scope and Carers UK. He also helped create and Chair the Think Local, Act Personal Partnership.
Alex Fox, Chief Executive of Shared Lives Plus said;
“We are delighted that Richard has been appointed, at what is a crucial time for the Shared Lives sector as we seek to build on the spectacular growth achieved over the last two years, and develop the model in areas where access to Shared Lives is lagging behind. Through Richard’s expertise and commitment I am confident that we can make sure that thousands more people have the opportunity to live good lives in good places, whilst at the same time playing a significant role in tackling the challenges that the Social Care system faces”