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 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.
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.
The NHS has many challenges – all of them big, many of them complex, some of them truly wicked. Or at least, seen as ‘wicked’, because they don’t respond to the things that services are currently good at. Of those challenges, perhaps the key one is how the health and care system can collaborate with the quarter of our population who have a long term condition, in order that people with long term conditions can live well. We need to achieve that because the NHS can (and does) do many wonderful things, some of them verging on the miraculous, but it can’t ‘fix’ a quarter of the population. And only people themselves can build good lives in good places; that’s something that services can support and enable, but not do for us.
All health and care interventions can be offered collaboratively, not just community-based interventions like Shared Lives, in which someone gets the support and care they need in an ordinary family home, but also acute and hospital-based services.
Collaborative leaders devolve money and power to enable personal tailoring of services, whilst helping those with personal budgets and Personal Health Budgets to work together to co-design new kinds of services. Conversely, commissioners will always fail the collaboration test when they organise services distantly, for large numbers of people. Professionals fail the collaboration test when they see people as customers and even family carers as just another set of clients with needs. Collaborative professionals have the humility to arrange their work around the capabilities and potential of citizens and carers. They share their knowledge, they make things simple and they are keen to accessible in an emergency.
This ability to collaborate with citizens, families and communities is perhaps the key voluntary sector offer to the NHS. But whilst the voluntary sector is far more capable of achieving that collaboration than the statutory sector, it’s important to admit that charities, social enterprises and community groups don’t always succeed in doing so. Many small community groups are embedded in the right relationships with communities, but lack the health and care expertise. Some large national charities have that expertise but have become unmoored from the communities which built them.
So there is a challenge for all sectors: to demonstrate that we have the insight, courage and humility to make hard, uncomfortable changes towards shared purpose, shared resources, shared knowledge and shared ownership. To recognise that we start to collaborate with citizens and their communities not when we deign to engage or consult with them, but when we return to them, with interest, the power, money and knowledge we have all borrowed.
PRESS RELEASE - 22/10/14
Young Women from Bedfordshire star in film premiere at The House of Commons
Three young women with additional support needs from Bedfordshire are starring in a film premiered at the House of Commons, impressing a host of MP’s with a heartfelt speech about their lives. As part of Shared Lives Week, the young women featured in a short film which shows Clare Cattani, 20, Ayisha Assan, 26, and Joanne Leach, 32, talking about how their lives have been transformed by the kindness and dedication of their Shared Lives carers Graham and Lorna Trow.
SHARED LIVES PLUS – LIVERPOOL AND AROUND THE UK
Debbie lived in care for most of her life, she never really settled anywhere and found it difficult to talk or make eye contact. Without any family around her, Debbie who has learning difficulties, felt isolated and frightened. In her own words Debbie says Shared Lives transformed her life as she now lives with a family: ‘I am much happier living here. In the other homes I did not feel loved and people were mean to me.
Update: Homeshare UK launch new website! Visit us here!
Homeshare grows by almost a quarter in one year... See the 2016 Homeshare Sector Report HERE
In Homeshare, someone who needs a small amount of help to live independently in their own home is matched with someone who has a housing need and can provide support or companionship.
Homeshare schemes arrange the matching process between the ‘Householder’, who typically owns their home but has developed some support needs or has become isolated or anxious about living alone, with the ‘Homesharer‘, typically a younger student or key public service worker who cannot afford housing.
Usually no rent is charged, but the household bills are shared, and in return the Homesharer will help out around the house, for example by cooking meals, running errands, shopping trips and providing company. Homeshare works because a new relationship, designed to bring benefits to both people, is balanced with clarity and safeguards to protect everyone.
The Benefits of Homeshare
Homeshare can benefit people who own or rent a home, for example:
Homeshare can benefit people who lack affordable housing, for example:
Homeshare programmes can produce savings and efficiencies:
Homeshare is typically welcomed by families who may not live near their elderly relatives. The Homesharer provides support and companionship on a regular and daily basis, something relatives are not able to do.
The Shared Lives Plus Homeshare Association Contact Details
Phone: 01494 568888
Homeshare Scotland (trading name of Forth Valley Enterprise C.I.C.)
Room for Tea Ltd
Share & Care UK
Phone: 020 8875 9575
Diane Phillips, Positive Steps Shropshire Ltd, Louise House, Roman Road, Shrewsbury , SY3 9JNTel
Vestia Community Trust (part of the Community Housing Group), Community House, Stourport Road, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 7QE
Phone: 01562 733138
Shared Lives Plus is the UK network for family-based and small-scale ways of supporting adults. Our members are Shared Lives carers and workers, and Homeshare programmes. Shared Lives used to be known as Adult Placement.
Our members are individual Shared Lives carers, Shared Lives schemes, Homeshare providers and micro-enterprises. They use different approaches to enable people to achieve goals such as:
SharedLivesPlus' members deliver or coordinate services which:
SharedLivesPlus works with its members to:
Shared Lives Plus is funded by its membership, and a number of specific project grants including the UK Government, Welsh Government, NHS England, Big Lottery Fund Accelerating Ideas, and Nesta, Lloyds Bank Foundation of England and Wales, Pears, and Dunhill Medical Trust.
NAAPS (originally the National Association of Adult Placement Schemes) was launched on 30 June 1992 as the umbrella body for adult placement, now known as Shared Lives.
As the years progressed adult placement became increasingly tightly defined and services that did not quite fit the adult placement definition moved across to become associate members of NAAPS. The number of associate members stood at nearly 700 in 2003 but the following years saw a steady decline in membership as the barriers created by regulation and bureaucracy saw many close down. NAAPS appointed its first CEO in June 2004. In 2007 adult placement members agreed to extend full membership rights to the whole range of very small community based services that share adult placement values and ethos. There are currently over 150 Small Community Service members. In February 2008 after wide consultation, the membership decided that the words ‘adult placement’ should be replaced with the term ‘Shared Lives’, a term which indicated the mutuality of the arrangements. NAAPS members also agreed to extend full membership rights to Homeshare Association members. We now have 129 Shared Lives scheme members and over 3,500 Shared Lives carer members – a number which increases every year. We are also committed to developing our membership offer to small community services and Homeshare members. These different kinds of service take different approaches to achieving the goals and values which are at the heart of our work. In October 2011 NAAPS was renamed SharedLivesPlus.