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Shared Living Awards 2021

So many of you have given so much in recent months, and the shared living awards are just one small way to say big thank you on behalf of everybody who has made a massive difference this year.

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Do you know someone who fits the bill?

Outstanding Shared Lives carer of the year

Awarded to a Shared Lives carer who has gone above and beyond to improve outcomes and community connections for those they support.

Nominate your outstanding Shared Lives carer of the year here.

The human rights award for free expression

The human rights award for free expression – awarded to a person supported by a Shared Lives carer for speaking their mind, growing in confidence and living the life they choose.

The judging panel are looking for people who may have:

  • Surprised their Shared Lives carer
  • Learnt to express their views even when others don’t agree
  • Developed a new skill, hobby or passion
  • Made friends and connections with their community
  • Fulfilled a lifelong ambition

Nominate someone for the human rights award for free expression here.

 

Nominations for these awards must be supported by three other people:

  • A Shared Lives carer
  • A Shared Lives scheme worker
  • Someone who lives with or visits a Shared Lives carer

Shared living champions (in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland)

There are 4 awards up for grabs here for the individuals who have most promoted shared living in their area.

Nominees could be:

  • Shared Lives carers
  • Shared Lives scheme workers
  • Homeshare programme workers
  • Homeshare householders or homesharers

The judging panel are looking for people who have made a measurable difference, for instance by:

  • building stronger community connections
  • recruiting more carers
  • raising the profile of their scheme or programme
  • developing more commissioner support
  • engaging social prescribers

Nominate your shared living champions here.

Nominations for these awards must be supported by three other people:

  • For nominees from Shared Lives
    • A Shared Lives carer
    • A Shared Lives scheme worker
    • Someone who lives with or visits a Shared Lives carer
  • For nominees from Homeshare
    • A Homeshare householder or homesharer
    • A Homeshare programme worker
    • Someone from an external organisation (e.g. local council, NHS trust, or referring organisation)

The innovation award

The innovation award is given to the Shared Lives scheme, or Homeshare programme, that has taken an innovative approach to developing, improving, or expanding its service.

This could include adapting their work to support more people, making significant improvements to their practice, or exploring ways to support new groups of people with Shared Lives or Homeshare.

Nominate a Shared Lives scheme or Homeshare programme for the innovation award here.

 

Organisations can nominate themselves for this award, but your nomination must also be supported by two other people.

  • For Shared Lives schemes
    • A Shared Lives carer, or someone who lives with or visits a Shared Lives carer
    • Someone from an external organisation (e.g. local council, NHS trust, referring organisation, or another Shared Lives scheme)
  • For nominees from Homeshare
    • A Homeshare householder or homesharer
    • Someone from an external organisation (e.g. local council, NHS trust, referring organisation, or another Homeshare programme)

2021 special awards

This year we will be presenting  some special awards, reflecting the extraordinary circumstances of the recent past.

The two special awards for 2021 are:

The 2021 everyday hero award for pandemic response – for individuals

The 2021 pandemic lifeline award for resilient service – for organisations

 

These awards are open to any individual or organisation within Shared Lives or Homeshare.

Special award - The 2021 everyday hero awards for pandemic response

The everyday hero awards recognise that sometimes it’s the small things that make the biggest difference. All across the country during the pandemic, people supported each other by going shopping, making masks, helping people to get online, chatting on the phone, having socially distanced doorstep conversations, and a thousand other small, everyday, ways.

Shared Lives carers open their hearts and their homes to support others; repeated lockdowns have redefined what it means to be a Homesharer or Homeshare Householder; and people working for Shared Lives schemes and Homeshare programmes have adjusted to new ways of working, and living. We have been amazed at the courage, resilience, flexibility, and positivity shown across the shared living sector during the pandemic.

We know there are thousands of stories from across the UK  that demonstrate this.  We want to say thank you to everyone in Shared Lives and Homeshare for their contributions over the past 18 months, but if there is anybody who you would particularly like to nominate, so that we can thank them with one of awards, let us know.

Do you know someone who has helped hold their community together during the pandemic? Nominate them for the 2021 everyday hero awards for pandemic response here.

This award is open to any individual living, or working, in Shared Lives or Homeshare.

Special award - The 2021 pandemic lifeline awards for resilient service

Anyone working in social care knows that a disruption to service can have serious negative consequences. So, while many businesses and organisations hit the pause button when the UK went into lockdown, the Shared Living sector got to work finding new ways to deliver services, and keep much needed support in place.

This award is open to any organisation, scheme, or programme within Shared Lives or Homeshare.

There are countless examples of resilient service from across the UK. Let us know which organisation has been a pandemic lifeline for you, so we can thank them with one of these awards.

Nominations for all awards must be received by midnight on Friday 10th September 2021.

Award winners will be announced during the 2021 shared living conference on November 11th – winners will be notified in advance .