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Shared Lives Week: community fundraising

Are you part of a local community group, business, or simply a group of friends who want to help raise some funds for a good cause? If so, we would like you to help us by organising their own 'virtual tea party'!

Shared Lives week, which runs from 15-22 June, is our flagship awareness and fundraising campaign. Shared Lives helps to create kinder, stronger communities by enabling people to receive care in the carer's own home. By raising valuable funds you will be helping more than 10,000 Shared Lives carers through our carer support helpline. Please see below for details of how you can sign up!

How to host your virtual tea party

First of all a big thank you for your interest in holding a virtual a tea party during Shared Lives week 2020!  With your support we can keep communities connected, which has never been so important.

To start, let us know and then create a Just Giving page to allow all your guests to donate to your event.  We have created a campaign with Just Giving so if you could use this link to create your page that would be fantastic.  If you get stuck there is lots of help on the Just Giving site about setting up a page.

Your tea party:

Then have a think about what you would like to do at your party, do you have any budding quiz masters who may like to organise a quiz?  Perhaps a cake baking competition, nicest tea set or a best hat competition – The options are endless.  We have a template social media frames (see downloads below) which can be amended for your specific competitions – We would love to see some selfies with the winners!

Once your party plan is complete, it’s time to invite friends and family!  Please see our draft invitation (attached below) which you can amend and most importantly please don’t forget to include the link of how to join in the virtual event! If it helps, we’ve created a handy guide to Zoom (see below).

Community groups:

You may like to use the occasion to recruit new members, if so why not use this template press release (see below) to try and encourage new people to join by inviting them to your party?  Simply fill in the blank details and email off to your local newspaper.  If you are unsure how to contact your local newspaper, please do get in touch on and we can help.


You may like to use the opportunity to let your community know how you are helping Shared Lives Plus. Please feel free to use our template press release.

Finally please do let us know how your tea party went. We would love to see any photos and please do tweet using the hashtag #SharedLivesWeek and tag us into any photos @SharedLivesPlus

Sign up your organisation or community group here!

About Shared Lives Plus

Shared Lives Plus is a UK charity celebrating the work of over 10,000 Shared Lives carers across the UK. We offer support to carers of nearly 14,000 people with a learning or physical disability, mental ill health, dementia or domestic abuse, who visit or share the Shared Lives carers’ home and family life together.

During lockdown, people supported by Shared Lives carers have not been able to do their usual voluntary or support activities during the day, and so carers have been taking on additional responsibilities, with none of their usual breaks to help them keep going.

Alex Fox, Shared Lives Plus CEO:

“Shared Lives carers offer any of us who need support, a safe and fun way of life with others who are part of the community, in an ordinary household. We are very proud that Shared Lives carers help people to do stuff many people take for granted – making friends, learning new skills, or recovering after a hospital stay can help people grow in confidence to continue happier, healthier lives. It can be tough caring for people in your own home during Covid-19 and we are grateful for any support we can get to help keep our carer’s helpline open for longer through this difficult time – and celebrate strength and kindness in every community.”

Gillian Edwards, Senior Fundraising Lead at Shared Lives Plus:

“We are so grateful to any local community groups that help us by organising a tea party to raise much needed funds and awareness of Shared Lives carers.  These are challenging times for everyone, yet our communities have emerged stronger.  Our charity has community at its core, working to create a stronger, kinder society.”