• How much is it to Join? +

    As a carer you can join for as little as £60!

    If you would like to join as a Shared Lives Scheme then do get in touch with us for further information on Pricing

    To join simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

  • How do I join as a carer? +

    To join as a Shared Lives carer, you must be currently approved to provide Shared Lives care by a registered Shared Lives (or Adult Placement) scheme in the UK.

    Shared Lives carers make their home available as a resource and may provide Shared Lives support to up to three people at any one time (some Shared Lives schemes have a local limit of two people).

    Unlike care homes, Shared Lives carers do not employ staff to provide care to the people who they support. You can join as an individual, or with your partner, if s/he is also a Shared Lives carer.

  • What should I expect as a member? +

    As a member, you can expect: - Use of the free Shared Lives carers’ confidential helpline where you can obtain information advice and support from a dedicated national Carers Development Worker.

    - FREE legal expenses cover (up to a maximum of £25000) if you have an allegation made against you as a Shared Lives carer resulting in you being taken to court and/or your Scheme is seekingto de-approve you as a carer.

    - Free access to a legal helpline which you can use for advice on any relevant legal issue.

    - Public Liability Insurance at a preferential rate as well as access to other insurance provision developed to meet the needs of Shared Lives carers.

    - Three Shared Lives carer newsletters a year via post, which keep you up to date.- The opportunity to meet or get in touch with other carers, including through meetings, telephone conferences, an email group and a message board.

    - A members-only area of the website containing resources which are free to members

    Access to a wide range of toolkits and resources at members-only prices.

    - Access to our annual Shared Lives carers’ breaks and conference.

    - A conference for your home nation and/or for the UK, with a limited number of places for Shared Lives carers at supported rates.

    - An open invitation to attend national network meetings (and regional meetings in England).- At least one seat on the board of Shared Lives Plus for an elected Shared Lives carer.

    - A voice with local, regional and national decision makers and a programme of awareness-raising about Shared Lives and the work of Shared Lives carers.

  • How do I pay? +

    You can pay via cheque, bank card and credit card.
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FAQ

Questions and Answers

With one current vacancy on the Shared Lives board, and with Martin Ewing and Claire Morphet's positions due for re-election soon, we are looking for three great candidates from across our membership to sit on our board of trustees. 

Our board of trustees  is responsible for the governance of Shared Lives Plus and sets our strategic direction. They develop our aims and objectives and make sure we operate within legal and regulatory guidelines and within our governing document - the memorandum and articles that set out who we are and what we're for.

Becoming a trustee is an opportunity to shape the ideas and policy that govern our organisation. You will make sure our board upholds the duties it has to all the stakeholders within and outside of the organisation, contribute to strategies to keep us financially secure, and act in the best interests of Shared Lives Plus members at all times. If you are interested, or know somebody who would be perfect for the role, download our nomination form. Nominees need to gain the signatures of at least two other Shared Lives PLus members. If  you are nominating someone else, make sure they know about it and are happy with it!

Completed nomination forms must be sent to Shared Lives Plus, G04 The Cotton Exchange, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L3 9JR to be received by Friday 30th November 2018.  Shared Lives Plus will then send the nominees an Election Address to complete. All Election Addresses and voting forms will be inserted in the January Sharing magazine and publicised in bulletins.

Our membership is made up of people from all walks of life, of different ethnicities, genders and sexual orientation. We are keen for this diversity to be reflected in our leadership positions and would encourage nominations of people from all backgrounds.

docxShared Lives Plus trustee nomination form 2018

 

 

Thursday, 27 September 2018 10:39

New report shows Homeshare is growing

“With sensitive and respectful learning and understanding of one another, we seem to have developed what I consider to be a genuine friendship. As I am only 25 years of age, Wendy has a great deal more experiences to share with me of her 80 odd years and I enjoy listening to her anecdotes as well as contemplating her reflections on the present.”

Eleanor, Homesharer, Homeshare Oxford

“I found Simon an interesting, straightforward chap. Things are working well. He cooks and serves lunch when at home and the evening meal. He performs household tasks and works in the garden. We often have interesting chats about the problems of the world.”

Householder, Lightshare,

“We know what is needed to grow Homeshare: a little red-tape cutting at national level, enthusiasm from local leaders and a great deal of awareness raising. The pieces are in place for Homeshare to become a solution to problems of housing, support and loneliness which we can make a reality now, for thousands of younger and older people.”

Alex Fox, CEO Shared Lives Plus

We are delighted to publish the Homeshare annual sector report. It is a comprehensive analysis of the national Homeshare sector, laying out the key success, challenges and priorities for Homeshare in the UK.

It reflects on the remarkable growth in public awareness of the Homeshare model after high profile media appearances and a video of Florence and Alexandra on BBC politics that has been viewed 25 million times.

Important successes:

  • The number of matches has increased 42% since last year
  • The average length of a Homeshare match has increased from 12-14 months
  • Six schemes are now financially self-sustaining
  • Evidence shows that Homeshare can simultaneously tackle loneliness at all ages, low-level support needs in older people, and the lack of affordable housing

Challenges

  • Homeshare is still only available to ‘self-funders’
  • Large parts of the UK and Ireland are not well served by Homeshare
  • There is still a lack of formalised referral pathways from health and social care professionals to Homeshare providers
  • Despite huge increase in public awareness, Homeshare is still relatively unknown amongst key potential supporters including; health and social care professionals and local authority front line staff.

The report calls for local areas to become ‘Homeshare friendly,’ and for national and local leadership to make Homeshare affordable for people on low incomes. We are also asking for Homeshare to be scaled up and developed in places where there is currently limited access to the scheme, particularly Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the North East and South East of England.

Please take the time to read the full report for full picture of Homeshare in the UK, depicted in statistics and stories of people whose lives have been transformed and enriched by sharing a home, exchanging practical help, knowledge and companionship.

If you’re on the go, you can read the executive summary for some key facts!

Homeshare UK annual report 2018 - executive summary 

Homeshare UK - full report 2018

You can also read an the reports on the Homeshare UK website.

Do you understand what it feels like to be a Shared Lives carer and have what it takes to support others?
Do you love Shared Lives and want to help it survive and thrive?
Do you want to join the Shared Lives Plus carer support team developing peer support networks around the UK?

Salary: £10.10 per hr, £ 4,203.24 per year (full time equivalent £19,440)
Hours: 8 per week
Based: Home based working across a regional area
Duration: Three years

Shared Lives Plus CEO Alex Fox has written a book: 'A new health and social care system: escaping the invisible asylum.' It looks at our public services through the lens of more human ways of supporting people - such as Shared Lives.

But it also explores the ways in which the potential of people with long-term support needs, and the creativity and caring capacity of families and front-line workers, are wasted in traditional systems. It shows that the beliefs, rules and economics of our public services are entrenching the wrong approaches.

We are pleased to publish the introduction of the book as a downloadable PDF, so do browse for an introduction to the history of the invisible asylum and some ways in which we might escape it.  We are also pleased to offer a 30% discount if you would like to buy a copy from the Policy Press! Simply enter the code: POSLHC18 when ordering. Read on for more information about the launch of this important book. 

pdfEscaping the Invisible Asylum - introduction.pdf

 

 

Tuesday, 25 September 2018 15:58

ategi Shared Lives Manager, Haringey

Shared Lives Manager, 39 hours per week

Haringey (office in Wood Green, London)

£30,003 - £35,675 per annum

 ategi Shared Lives provides accommodation and support to vulnerable adults who live or stay with our approved Shared Lives Carers and their families. The team recruit, assess, train and support individuals, couples or families to become approved Shared Lives Carers.

 Applicants will need:

  • Management experience in the care sector
  • Ideally experience of working as a Registered Manager
  • Knowledge and experience of safeguarding
  • Assessment skills
  • Marketing and promotional skills

 To apply for this position visit: www.ategi.org.uk

 We are recruiting Shared Lives Carers; call the team on 020 3946 7240

Thursday, 13 September 2018 10:16

Avalon require a Shared Lives Development manager

Shared Lives Development Manager based in York – Fixed Term for 2 Years

Avalon are looking for an enthusiastic social care manager to join their local team. If you have experience of working in social care, and in project management, you could be just the person they are looking for to expand their Shared Lives service with this new project.

Closing Date: Monday 1st October 2018

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 14:30

Placement Officer – Bromley Shared Lives Scheme

Placement Officer – Bromley Shared Lives Scheme BR8/9 £25,961- £30358 pro rata
24 - 30 hrs per week

Summary
Salary: £25,961-£30,358 pro rata (BR8/9)
Location: Bromley Civic Centre
Job Type: Part Time -Permanent.
Vacancy Group: Care/Social Work
Closing Date: 16th September 2018
Reference: 0000020130

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 10:56

Vacancy: Shared Lives Coordinator

Shared Lives Coordinator (part time, 24 hours per week)

Haringey (office in Wood Green, London)

£15,470 - £17,580 per annum (a pro rata of £25,139 - £28,566)

ategi Shared Lives provides accommodation and support to vulnerable adults who live or stay with our approved Shared Lives Carers and their families. The team recruit, assess, train and support individuals, couples or families to become approved Shared Lives Carers.

Applicants will need:

  • Experience of managing people in a care setting

  • Excellent communication skills

  • An understanding of the support needs of vulnerable adults

  • Good assessment and observation skills

  • Experience of managing a case load and other staff

  • Experience and knowledge of safeguarding

  • Experience of working in a Multi-agency environment

For further information and to apply for this position please visit our website:

www.ategi.org.uk

Closing date for applications: Friday 21st September at 10am

We are also recruiting Shared Lives Carers; call the team on 020 3946 7240

Supporting people to live their lives

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 16:40

Shared Lives Manager, ategi Haringey

Shared Lives Manager, 39 hours per week

Haringey (office in Wood Green, London)

£30,003 - £35,675 per annum

 ategi Shared Lives provides accommodation and support to vulnerable adults who live or stay with our approved Shared Lives Carers and their families. The team recruit, assess, train and support individuals, couples or families to become approved Shared Lives Carers.

 Applicants will need:

  • Management experience in the care sector
  • Ideally experience of working as a Registered Manager
  • Knowledge and experience of safeguarding
  • Assessment skills
  • Marketing and promotional skills

 To apply for this position visit: www.ategi.org.uk

 We are recruiting Shared Lives Carers; call the team on 020 3946 7240

Shared Lives Manager 

39 hours per week

Kingswood, South Gloucestershire

£30,003 - £35,675 per annum

 Ategi Shared Lives provides accommodation and support to vulnerable adults who live or stay with our approved Shared Lives Carers and their families. The team recruit, assess, train and support individuals, couples or families to become approved Shared Lives Carers.

 Applicants will need:

  • Management experience in the care sector
  • Ideally experience of working as a Registered Manager
  • Knowledge and experience of safeguarding
  • Assessment skills
  • Marketing and promotional skills

 To apply for this position visit: www.ategi.org.uk

 We are also recruiting Shared Lives Carers; call the team on 0117 332 1030.

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