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Members newsletter 26 April 2018

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Dear Shared Lives and HomeShare members,

Welcome to the latest bi-weekly members newsletter, your source of information about the latest developments in the world of Shared Lives and Homeshare.  Read on to learn about:

GDPR – don’t be locked out!

We recently sent out information about a new law – GDPR – which means you need to actively opt-in to be able to continue receiving data from us. We haven’t had many people reply to us yet – please do so and give your consent to contact you by Friday 25 May -  or we will no longer be able to contact you!

Shared Lives week resources

The date is set for Shared Lives week – Friday 15 - Sunday 24 June, and so is the theme: ‘Valuing Shared Lives carers’ Schemes and carers all around the country will be taking part in the Great Shared Lives Picnic and other events to celebrate the amazing role that carers play and demonstrate that they deserve a fair deal.  We are re-designing older information leaflets and creating new resources to make up a pack of materials for you to use. Please request the materials you need from us – schemes that don’t request a pack won’t get one!

Fairness for Shared Lives carers

A key part of valuing Shared Lives carers is making sure that you are treated fairly. Part of that is ensuring that you get the support you need to share your life – to be able to take breaks, receive backup in an emergency and develop your skills and knowledge. These things and more are outlined in the Shared Lives charter – the result of a consultation we did with carers to find out what a good Shared Lives scheme should look like. We are offering free support for trailblazing schemes to work with carers to adopt their own version of the charter. Scheme members – please get in touch if you want to take advantage of a day’s support This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

Fair pay campaign

Fairness for Shared Lives carers also means being paid fairly – so we are campaigning for Shared Lives carers pay to be considered as part of wider social care pay reviews. In order to do this we will be lobbying ministers, MPs and Local government commissioners, explaining the amazing work you do and showing that you deserve it! We all need to work together to do this – carers, schemes and Shared Lives Plus. We need your input:

Scheme members – do you have examples of times you have successfully campaigned for carers’ pay increase?

Carer members –  can you tell us a time (big or small) when you showed that Shared Lives above and beyond a typical 9 – 5 job?

Carers teleconference reminder

The next teleconference is Wednesday 16 May.  The teleconferences are a great way of discussing issues and ideas in more depth, with fellow Shared Lives carers and our carer support team. If you’ve not joined before – it can seem complicated, but our carer support can show you how simple it is!

Mental Health Awareness Week – film launch

Mental Health Awareness Week is from the Monday 14 Sunday 20 May. The week is about acknowledging and checking our stress – and how we cope with it. At Shared Lives Plus we have made a film about the positive effects Shared Lives can have on mental health for people being supported. Of course. Sharing your life can improve the wellbeing of Shared Lives carers too! We will be launching a brilliant short film, featuring some inspiring people sharing their lives on, the Monday to support Mental Health Awareness Week. Watch this space!

Shared Lives on Swansea Radio

Our new development officer in Wales, Kathryn Morgan, was recently interviewed by the editor of the Wave radio station in Swansea. This was part of a wider, and award-winning, campaign called ‘Don’t Dance Alone.’ This campaign is designed to highlight the endemic loneliness in Wales amongst older people – and to promote ways of tackling it. Kathryn explained how Shared Lives and Homeshare are perfectly positioned to do this. To listen scroll down to the clip titled ‘Swansea Sound Headlines Apr 17 2018 13:00 (BST)’ and skip to 2:23.  #DontDanceAlone

Photography competition

We are still keen to get photos of your shared lives – selfies and group shots of you out and about, having fun or just your ordinary routine at home. Now that the sun has finally made a few appearances, we’d love to get photos with a spring theme! Send us your snaps, and we’ll feature them in our newsletters, website and other materials.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this latest roundup of the latest developments in Shared Lives. As always we’d encourage you to get in touch and share your views with us – they are crucial to us as your membership organisation.

Until next time,

Phoebe Rowell and Michael Kazich, Shared Lives Plus communications team

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Contact the Team who will be happy to help you.

Lyn Griffiths 

Support and Engagement Manager

Phone: 07551 154 936
Email: lyn@sharedlivesplus.org.uk

Emma Hill
Shared Lives Carer Support and Development Officer

Phone:07391 418 533
Email: emma.hill@sharedlivesplus.org.uk


The Helplines

Shared Lives Plus runs a number of helplines designed to help our members. All of them are FREE to Shared Lives Plus members.

Shared Lives Plus Office 0151 227 3499

Shared Lives Carer Support and Development Worker 01772 723677 (Judith Holman) 

Legal Advice Helpline (Jackson Canter) 0151 5410240
Benefits Advice Helpline (Jackson Canter) 0151 5410240 

Friends of Shared Lives Plus

Friends of Shared Lives Plus are people who want to keep touch with or support the work of SharedLivesPlus and its members, but who are not actively involved in Shared Lives or Homeshare. Many Friends of SharedLivesPlus are retired or former Shared Lives carers or Shared Lives scheme workers, but membership is open to anyone.

As a member, you can expect:

  • Four Shared Lives Carer newsletters a year via post.
  • An email group and message board to make it easy for members to contact each other and to communicate with the Shared Lives Plus team.
  • 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.

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