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Conference programme 2020

Join us for a jam-packed programme of key note speeches, workshops, AGM and Awards!

Our theme this year is kindness. We have been inspired by the countless seen and unseen acts of kindness of our members – Homeshare providers, Shared Lives carers and schemes, who use their power to change the ways in which we live, connect and get support for our social care or health needs.  But we know our story is part of a bigger story – a wider collaboration of people – motivated by serving and being served by others. We’ve been inspired by the work of the Carnegie Trust and a paper called Love and Power, not words often mentioned together in public services, by Charlie Leadbetter and TACSI.

Over two days we’ll explore the shared living sector’s role in bringing about change, especially in the unusual context we find ourselves with the Covid-19 pandemic. Delegates, keynote speakers, people with lived experience and our UK-wide team will be discussing equality, diversity and human rights as we work towards our vision of a kinder, stronger society built on sharing our lives and our homes.

We’ll also be celebrating our members in our not-to-be-missed Awards Extravaganza 2020!

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Where: Join us onlineChoose your workshops and book your ticket here and we will send you a link to our conference platform, which uses zoom. You can use zoom on your internet browser, phone, laptop, tablet or computer. There are dial in options too.

Relevant for: Everyone involved or interested in shared living: Shared Lives carers, Shared Lives scheme workers, Homeshare UK Network Members and people developing or commissioning shared living arrangements 

What’s on: In addition to keynote speakers we have over 25 workshops on offer 

What last year’s delegates said: 

“All the speakers were very inspirational and interesting, feel proud to be part of it” 

“I am grateful to be given a chance to be here and I am proud to be a Shared Lives carer” 

The content is excellent” 

“Well organised as ever. Thank you for providing such a good opportunity to learn and network with like-minded people” 

“Each year the conference is getting better” 

Wednesday 18th November 2020

Day One of Conference and AGM

9.15 Registration  

9.30 Networking groups – A chance to meet other people in your network. Join one of three networking groups.  We will have them set up for Shared Lives carers, Shared Lives Scheme workers and Homeshare Network members. 

10:00 Welcome and introduction by Alex Fox OBE, Chief Executive, Shared Lives Plus 

Keynote speakers:

Madeleine Bunting

Jennifer Wallace, Head of Policy, Carnegie Trust

Shared Lives Ambassadors Abby Farrell and Heather Thomson

Homeshare Ambassador, Emma Parrish-Andrew 

11.15 Break  

11:30 Workshop 1 (choice of 1A-1I) 

12:30 Lunch 

13.30 Mindfulness – we are offering two lunchtime mindfulness sessions to provide a space to pause and reset mind, body and breath. We will take the opportunity to centre and ground ourselves, taking energy from this quiet moment to nourish us for the rest of the day. We will explore kindness, the theme of the conference, as directed toward ourselves, others and the wider world. Each day, Laura will provide context and will guide each practice. The sessions are suitable for everyone, including seasoned meditators and complete beginners.  

14.00 Public seminar discussion – Join us for this unique webinar with renowned thinkers about the future of public services: Making the case for more ‘human’ health and social care services, chaired by Madeleine Bunting: Dr Hilary Cottam joins Megan Lewis and Tom Milnes, Shared Lives Ambassadors and Alex Fox OBE, CEO. 

15.00 Break 

15.15 Shared Lives Plus Annual General Meeting, including an update on Shared Lives Plus activity.   

Thursday 19th November 

Day two of conference and Awards Extravaganza!

9.30 Networking groups – A chance to meet other people in your network. Join one of three networking groups.  We will have them set up for Shared Lives carers, Shared Lives Scheme workers and Homeshare Network members. 

10.00 Workshop 2 (choice of 2A-2I) 

11.00 Break 

11.15 Workshop 3 (choice of 3A-3I) 

12.15 Lunch 

13.3Mindfulness – space to pause and reset.    

14.00 Closing plenary followed by Shared Lives Plus Awards Extravaganza celebrating outstanding Shared Lives carers, innovative Shared Lives schemes, human rights ambassadors and Shared Lives champions from around the UK! With thanks to Design Integrity for sponsoring this year’s ‘Outstanding Shared Lives carer award’.

15.30 Close – thank you for coming! Become a member subscribe to our newsletter from Alex Fox CEO and support us!

Next… choose your workshops!

Conference delegate tickets

  • Shared Lives carer and member of Shared Lives Plus – FREE
  • Shared Lives carer but non member – £20
  • Shared Lives scheme worker, Homeshare provide and member of Shared Lives Plus – £20
  • Non-Member of Shared Lives Plus – £100
  • Shared Lives Plus Trustee – FREE
  • Register for public seminar (already included in conference ticket, no need to double book, but please book if you’re not coming to conference!)