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Tuesday, 26 May 2015 06:10

Julie’s way of being

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Julie, 44, has Down’s syndrome and lives in a Shared Lives arrangement with Pauline and Joe from Lancashire.  In her own words, Pauline talks about Julie’s dramatic weight loss. “Julie came to live with me 6 years ago and she was overweight, a size 20+, she is 4ft 9’ and is now a slim size 12. Her mother, who has since died, used to give Julie finger foods and would put a towel around her neck, then Julie would go to her room every night at 6.30pm and she wouldn’t let her mum in the room.
Sunday, 31 May 2015 06:48

Three divides

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There’s plenty of talk of integration when it comes to services, but what about the national bodies which regulate and support those services? Here are three divides which don’t make sense to me: what could we do to integrate across them? The divide between inspecting the quality of services and helping those services to improve. […]
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 06:13

It makes your world bigger

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Shared Lives Plus recently organised a break for Shared Lives carers and people who use Shared Lives services. We asked Shared Lives carers what the best thing about their role was, and they told us: “It’s like starting a family all over again” “We enhance the quality of people lives” “It’s a way of life” […]
Sunday, 07 June 2015 06:34

Little miracles

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I’m grateful to Anne Watts for getting in touch to share a little about her inspiring lifestyle, built around caring for others, which she writes about in her blog (eg The Blue Dictionary and The Woman from Belgium) and books which you can find here: www.annewatts.co.uk . Ann’s way of living has elements of both Shared […]
Thursday, 12 February 2015 09:16

Wellbeing inequalities

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    I was asked last week to speak a conference which was looking at progress in addressing health inequalities since the influential Marmot review in 2010 which identified six ways to address inequalities:
‘The majority of procurement practice is stifled by process and bureaucracy, what appears to be text book practice in reality translates into overly complex, process focused exercises.  Such exercises demand a huge input from providers and commissioners and often miss the point of the intended outcome. Tenders now typically require 30,000 word submissions, and the majority of tendering organisations now support sizable bid teams.’
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 16:57

The Collaboration Test

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We’re pleased to have joined the Coalition for Collaborative Care which is attempting to embed models of collaborative care into the NHS. This blog is based on my recent blog for the C4CC.
Thursday, 11 December 2014 00:00

All I want for Christmas…

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Anna McEwen, our Director of Support and Development Director, has been celebrating Shared Lives with the Newham scheme. Anna writes: My Christmas party season started in style at the weekend as I donned a posh frock and joined Newham Shared Lives scheme at a Glitter Ball at West Ham. 
Saturday, 13 December 2014 00:00

Shared Lives in Somerset

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If you click on the picture, you should be able to read this article about Shared Lives in Somerset from the Weston Mercury which is also here:
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 00:00

You made us feel important

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Thanks to Cathy Gregg, who manages the Shared Lives scheme in Richmond, who shared (with permission) this letter from a family member whose mother uses Shared Lives:

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