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Hello everyone, my name is Chris. And my name is Ali. And Chris has lived for 3 years with myself, my husband and 2 mad dogs under the watchful eye of the very excellent Birmingham Shared Lives scheme. So what can we tell you about ourselves? To be honest I read all these things from Shared Lives Plus – the magazines, press releases and all the inspirational stories about the amazing things that people in Shared Lives have achieved. And every time I think to myself “ well me and Chris haven’t done anything like that” and I feel like a…
Birthday presents for some We’re celebrating the start of Shared Lives week, just as the Prime Minister announces a 70th birthday present for the NHS: £20 billion a year in extra funding by 2023. The NHS being 70 means that social care is 70 too: they were created at the same time, but social care’s birthday present looks likely to be continued cuts. The public – and therefore the politicians they elect – value what they can understand. We understand doctors and nurses healing or curing us, so we’re grateful for what they do. Radical kindness Social care is still…
Today marks the launch of the evaluation of the two year national Homeshare partnership, funded by the Lloyds Bank Foundation and Big Lottery Fund. It’s been the most significant two years in the development of Homeshare in the UK: £2m invested, eight new programmes created, with a dozen more benefiting from the partnership which has established infrastructure, evidence, new approaches and more sustainable practices. So what have we learnt? Alex Fox, CEO Shared Lives Plus reflects on the Homeshare partnership programme: Florence is 95 and Alexandra is 27. Their Homeshare story has been watched more than 25 million times The challenge…
Babs Lewis, Wales Development Manager, recaps on a great day launching the State of Shared Lives in Wales Last week. On Thursday March 22nd, Shared Lives carers from all over Wales and the people they support met up with Huw Irranca-Davies, Minister for Social Care, to launch our latest State of The Nation Wales Report. The Minister gave us a warm welcome, even sacrificing his lunch hour to see us when his meetings over-ran. He’s a real supporter of Shared Lives and we look forward to working with him again this year. And before returning home Samantha Hall and her…
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 10:46

Let's listen

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In this blog, Ali Hall, Development Officer for Young People in Transition, responds to the second part of the Care Quality Commission's (CQC) review of children and young people. She thinks the findings are sobering but welcome, and call for the sort of approach that Shared Lives is well-placed to provide. Last week the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published ‘Are we listening?’, the phase two report of their review of children and young people’s mental health services. CQC were asked to conduct this review by the prime minister in January 2017. The phase one report summarises what is currently known…
Tuesday, 13 March 2018 15:38

Domestic abuse affects one in four women

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Domestic abuse is prevalent; one in four women and one in six men will be victims of domestic abuse in their life time. Finding the right place to live can be a huge challenge for victims and survivors: finding housing, keeping it, ensuring it’s safe and appropriate.  I’m Natalie and I currently work for a national domestic abuse charity called SafeLives. I have worked in the domestic abuse sector for over ten years and I’ve just been seconded to Shared Lives Plus to work on a new domestic abuse project. Funded by the ‘tampon tax’, we’re going to be working…
In this blog, Executive Director, Anna McEwen, shares her experience about taking Shared Lives to Australia  In October, I was lucky enough to travel to Adelaide in South Australia to work with The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) and the Wyatt Trust (a grant funder organisation). I have been talking with Carolyn Curtis, CEO of TACSI, for around three years while they have watched how Shared Lives has grown in the UK. As an innovation charity, they have been considering how they could bring the model to Australia where currently people are mainly supported in traditional and more institutional…
National leaders need to listen as 17,000 people in care home doubt High quality care homes stop offering residential care for older people Scotland needs new ways to support and care for people 17,000 people who live in, or receive care from Britain’s second largest care home operator, Four Seasons, are today left in doubt about where they live, as the private equity firm Terra Firma pleads with lenders to approve a financial rescue package for it. Four Seasons was saddled with huge debts to its own owners after they bought the care provider in 2012. This £220m debt, loaned…
  I wanted to give a whistle stop tour of my first month at Shared Lives Plus…         Our new Shared Lives Consultancy and Development Manager, Emma Clarke wanted to write a staff blog after her first month with Shared Lives Plus. My induction so far has been full of variety, from time spent in Liverpool being introduced to office based colleagues and my very swanky laptop, to attending the Parliamentary event during Shared Lives week, where I was given the joyous task of MP-spotting as keeper of the attendance list – not an easy activity given…
Hello, we hope you’re all enjoying your Friday. Our Friday motivation this week is to continue to spread the word of our organisation and show everyone how we help transform the quality of people’s lives.  Today, whilst scrolling through Twitter I saw #dowhatyoucant (celebrating people who defy barriers in life)  trending and I began to think, what does that mean from a Shared Lives Plus perspective? So, I had a think whilst eating lunch and for us, we believe that all the people who use Shared Lives services and those who are not aware of us can #dowhatyoucant. Our interpretation…

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