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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.

Richard said:

“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.”

Richard added:

“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”

ENDS

 

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HOLIDAY STORIES – Share your holiday experiences here!

 

August 2015

Geoffrey visits Suffolk!

In August 2015 Geoffrey from the Ealing Shared Lives scheme went on Holiday to Suffolk to stay with Sally and Brian. The fortnight was packed full of activities.
Geoffrey’s visit took in Thorpness, ships at Felixstowe, Ipswich Museum, and Framlington Castle. Ice Creams were shared, walks taken and there was even a trip to see the BBC Concert Orchestra!

Geoffrey experienced the camper van lifestyle – along with the family dogs, ate fish and chips and drank tea in the open air, and overall a fantastic time was had by all.
Catherine from Ealing Shared Lives scheme tell us that “Geoffrey had a lovely time with Sally and Brian. His carer said he keeps talking about his stay in Suffolk”


You can read the full story and look at the holiday snaps in this document here. Geoffreys_holiday.pdf

 

June 2015 

Joe Waring is a holiday carer in Norfolk, who with his family support up to nine different individuals each year, mostly from the London borough of Wandsworth. Most people come several times a year and sometimes with a friend.
Joe wrote about two people who come for holidays.


June, who is 52 years old, comes to stay 6 or 7 times a year, having first come about 6 years ago. She sometimes comes on her own, and sometimes with a friend. She is very close to her mother and brother, and I think she likes being part of another family: myself, my wife and our 18 year old daughter. June’s mother is also reassured that the care for June focuses on her individual needs. June is very sociable and has a great sense of humour. She loves meeting our friends either at our house or theirs, and having a laugh, sharing stories and food and, I’m afraid, sharing a glass of wine, too! We go out every day to somewhere of interest in Norfolk, either in Norwich, where we live, in the nearby Norfolk Broads countryside, or to the coast. June particularly likes seeing the horse she recently “adopted” in a local horse sanctuary, and going to the amusements at Great Yarmouth. June always brings enough money to buy presents from Norfolk for her family and friends back in London.

Jack has also been coming to us for about 6 years. He always brings a pool cue and enjoys going to the local ten-pin bowling alley to bowl and play pool. He has been beating me at both for all of those 6 years, and I’m getting a bit tired waiting for his luck to run out! Jack especially likes our dog, Daisy, and volunteers to join us walking her every day. Like June, who he sometimes comes with, Jack is very sociable and always wants to meet our friends and family. He will sometimes help prepare a meal for a dinner party, and likes to dress up for the occasion in his best clothes. Jack likes going to museums- there are some great ones in Norfolk- and has recently gone a couple of times to the local cathedral to light a candle in memory of his father. Before he first did this, Jack had never gone into a church since his father’s funeral 10 years previously. Although Jack usually stays with a friend, he always comes on his own a few weeks before Christmas, when he buys presents for all his family, and wraps and tags them all carefully before taking them home.

Thanks Joe for sharing the stories and offering wonderful holiday experiences

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