Shared Lives Plus held their biggest UK conference and celebrated 25 years of giving peace of mind and a powerful voice to its Members this week.
Over 200 delegates, including Shared Lives carers and schemes, and HomeShare schemes and sharers, health and social care leaders, travelled from around the UK to take part in a range of workshops about personal and community based support which helps people live well. The event was opened by The Right Worshipful The Lord Mayor, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy and co-chaired by Shared Lives Ambassadors, Lisa Capewell and Phoebe Verity, alongside Dyane Aspinall, Interim Director of Adult Social Care, Liverpool City Council. The charity is celebrating their anniversary in Liverpool where the first Shared Lives scheme was set-up, which is now run by PSS.
Alex Fox, CEO, Shared Lives Plus, said: “This year’s conference is our biggest so far, celebrating 25 years as a national membership organisation, supporting Shared Lives schemes in almost every area of the UK and 10,000 carers who open their homes to support people who need extra support to live well. We are proud of how far we’ve come and look forward to growing Shared Lives and HomeShare to help build stronger relationships and local communities.”
Tony Hunter, Chief Executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence was our passionate and entertaining keynote speaker who has supported Shared Lives Plus’ work for many years. He said, “It is great to celebrate Shared Lives Plus’ milestone anniversary and to speak at their biggest conference in history. Across health and social care, we continue to have national and local discussions which re-imagine how the social care sector can support people to lead good lives, in good places for people with long-term support needs. Shared Lives Plus is working in partnership with the NHS towards providing better care for patients leaving hospital. Shared Lives and Homeshare are a big part of these discussions, they have been around for a long time and are innovative models from across the world.”
He added, "Shared Lives Plus punches above their weight, with humility. You show that when you look at people's strengths, you get far better outcomes and live well."
The workshop presentations and hopefully recordings of the key notes speeches will be available to Members online next week.