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Sunday, 06 April 2014 12:21




Deborah Power, Business Manager for Shared Lives Plus, won a prestigious award for 'Charity Support Function Hero' in the Charity Staff Awards 2014. The ceremony which took place in London saw Deborah up against 800 entrants from around the UK for 20 awards.

Deborah's award is for being the 'power' behind the charity – the unsung hero, the one never in the limelight but without whom the charity could not function. Shared Lives Plus provides a unique form of care that centres on sharing 'home, family and community life' - ordinary people doing extraordinary things. At the heart of the charity are its approved Shared Lives carers who share their own home and family life with people with disabilities or mental health issues, as an alternative to traditional care services.

Deborah, 62, who was born in Northern Ireland, lives in Yorkshire and works in Liverpool is mother to Tom and Joe, a grandmother, and all round hero, working in Shared Lives Head Office in Liverpool. On winning the award, Deborah said: "To work for Shared Lives Plus has been challenging as the charity has grown, at the heart of what we do is the respect and admiration the staff team holds for the work of our members, the Shared Lives Carers. These special people open their homes to offer support and care to thousands of vulnerable adults and having met so many of these carers over 14 years working in Shared Lives, I am proud to have been a tiny part of our organisation."

Nominated by Alex Fox, Chief Executive of Shared Lives Plus, and up against some of the biggest charities in the UK, Alex said: "Deborah keeps the whole show on the road.
Small charities rely heavily on people who are often labelled 'back office' and who are rarely celebrated, but in reality are the difference between a charity which has lots of great ideas, and a charity which actually makes them happen."


Editors Notes

For media enquiries or to arrange an interview please call Tim Moore on 0151 227 3499 or 07881 521269.

Shared Lives Plus is the UK network of family-based or very small scale care, support and inclusion approaches for disabled or older people. Our membership of 4,800 includes Shared Lives carers and local Shared Lives schemes.

In Shared Lives, an adult (and in some cases 16 or 17 year old) who needs support and/or accommodation moves in with or regularly visits an approved Shared Lives carer, after they have been matched for compatibility. Together, they share family and community life. In many cases the individual becomes a settled part of a supportive family, although Shared Lives is also used as day support, as breaks for unpaid family carers, as home from hospital care and as a stepping stone for someone to get their own

Shared Lives is used by people with learning disabilities, people with mental health problems, older people, care leavers, disabled children becoming young adults, parents with learning disabilities and their children, people who misuse substances and (ex-) offenders. There are around 12,000 Shared Lives carers in the UK, recruited, trained and approved by 150 local schemes, which are regulated by the government's social care inspectors, the Care Quality Commission, who in 2010 rated Shared Lives as being twice as likely to be 'excellent' as all other forms of regulated care. Figures from care inspectors suggest it has perhaps the best safeguarding record in social

Average saving is per user, per annum, for people with learning disabilities who are the majority of Shared Lives users, in comparison to other forms of regulated care, based on detailed cost comparison from three council areas in 2013, carried out by social investment experts, Social Finance. The average saving for users with Mental Health
conditions is £8,000 per annum. Shared Lives also supports other people including care leavers, people with physical impairments, and drug and alcohol


Deborah Power accepting her award at the awards ceremony in

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