Alistair Burt MP hosted our annual parliamentary event in the House of Commons with the theme of how Shared Lives supports people with mental ill health last week.
Liz Kendall MP, Cllr Richard Kemp representing the Local Government Association and Margaret Willcox, Gloucester's adult social care Director and President of the Directors' association, ADASS all gave passionate speeches supporting Shared Lives Plus. The highlight as ever though was the hosting by ambassadors Michael Turner and Dipan Patel, and an inspiring speech by the Shared Lives carer, Alison Cooper, who appears in the film we premiered.
Shared Lives supports people with mental ill health to live significantly better lives, with stronger emotional wellbeing and greater connection to their local community.
With Government support, Shared Lives Plus could recruit thousands more carers to support 5,000 more people who need extra support to live
well – saving over £16m across the UK. Shared Lives offers support that money can’t buy. People with mental ill health say that as part of a Shared Lives family their lives become more stable, they rebuild and make new relationships and pursue personal interests in the community.
Currently, £1.2bn is spent on supporting people with mental ill health - 7% of what is
spent supporting all adults with social care needs. Supporting someone with mental health needs costs about £800 per week in traditional care homes or services. In Shared Lives, it costs around £400 per week.
You can read Alison’s speech and catch up with the speeches on videos below:
Our aim was to invite MPs to visit their local scheme, so if you have not yet invited your MP to visit and would like to, please go ahead!