A new Shared Lives ambassador has joined the team at Shared Lives Plus! Mollie Draper has been recruited to the role after she impressed hugely in her recent interview. Mollie will join a team of ambassadors, all of whom have lived experience of Shared Lives or Homeshare, and will play a vital role in helping to raise awareness of the services.
On accepting her new position, Mollie said:
“Thank you so much, this has really raised my self esteem. It’s great to have a voice. It is because I am in a Shared Lives placement that I have been able to help find a more positive frame of mind. I came from a place that was very negative, but with the emotional support I’ve had here from my carer Mae I’ve truly become a different person. It has led me to believe in myself, and now I have the confidence to have a voice to make positive change.”
Part of Mollie’s duties as an ambassador will be to attend meetings, conferences and events to share her views and experience of Shared Lives, and how it his helped her to lead a more independent and fulfilling life. Mollie has already appeared at the 2021 Shared Living conference, where she asked the Minister for care and mental health, Gillian Keegan MP, about how services can be improved for over 18 year olds and how Shared Lives could support this.
Mollie also recently spoke at a Westminster Health Forum conference on learning disabilities and autism. Her next project will be to help make a short film about Shared Lives for the East Midlands regional ADASS network.
Interim CEO for Shared Lives Plus, Jayne Wilson, said:
“As with all our ambassadors, Mollie has an inspirational story to tell and has already made an incredible contribution to a number of projects. Without her support, and all those with lived experience, we could simply not convey the positive impact that Shared Lives and Homeshare has on people’s lives across the UK every day. Welcome on board Mollie!”