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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 10:51

"Sharing everyday life got me through tough times"

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"I was living in Derby when my relationship got worse and turned more violent. I turned to alcohol as an escape and ended up living on the streets. The police picked me up and took me to hospital. I was in a bad way. After my detox, the mental health team were talking about me returning home and going to a day centre for support. But my ex-partner was still around, so I didn't really want to go home. That was when I first heard about Shared Lives scheme. They were in the meeting and suggested that living with a…
Steve tells us his story: “I was living with my partner, running a B&B when I had a serious stroke and later two minor heart attacks. After four months in hospital, I was depressed, frail and my memory and cognition had deteriorated. We knew I needed more support with daily living than my partner could provide. I was unable to return home and it made me frightened about my future, with clinicians uncertain about my further recovery. I wanted to live locally, so I could continue seeing my partner and I missed my dogs. The Shared Lives scheme matched me,…
Natalie Blagrove is a Senior Knowledge Hub Advisor at SafeLives. For the last six months she's been seconded to work with us on a new pilot to develop and test supportive housing options for survivors of domestic abuse. I recently wrote about the domestic abuse project; six months on I thought it was time for an update. It’s been busy, with some real highlights as well as some challenges. The good stuff Supported by the local domestic abuse services, I visited two of the pilot sites to hold survivor consultations. It’s so important to get the thoughts, ideas and opinions…
Wednesday, 18 July 2018 16:37

"He's got his personality back"

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Tony Kirby and Darren Brooks talked about their Shared Life together with MPs at our recent parliamentary reception. Their humour had everyone laughing. "I'm Tony Kirby, and I’m a Shared Lives carer. I’m here today with my wife Jane, who is also a Shared Lives carer, along with Darren. Darren, who through the Shared Lives scheme has now lived with us for almost a year. We were first introduced to Shared Lives in 2015 and were immediately impressed by the support and dedication their staff showed. Not only to the people who need their support, but to their team of…
Meg spoke to MPs at our parliamentary reception about her experience of Shared Lives. She wants you to hear her story.  Hello, my name is Meg and I’d like you to take a moment. Think of something you deeply regret. Think of a time where you’ve behaved inappropriately or something cringey you did when you were drunk… Now think of those words you’ve cursed in rage when someone cut you up at the junction. Now imagine if all of these things were: Written downRecordedAnalysedScrutinised. Now most of us in this room look like trouble, a risk. Remember, there’s nothing about…
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…

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