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Bookings open for Shared Lives Plus UK conference 2019!

Join us for the only national learning event for people involved in Shared Lives. We will learn from each other and expert facilitators, hear from national leaders, and celebrate Shared Lives and Homeshare. This year’s theme is human rights.

Join us for the only national learning event for people involved in Shared Lives. We will learn from each other and expert facilitators, hear from national leaders, and celebrate Shared Lives and Homeshare. This year’s theme is human rights.

When: Wednesday 6 November – Annual General Meeting (AGM), drinks reception, evening meal and Shared Lives Plus Awards Ceremony. Thursday 7 November – conference.

Where: Hilton Hotel Liverpool City Centre, L1 8LW

Relevant for: Shared Lives carers, Shared Lives scheme workers and people developing or commissioning Shared Lives

What’s on: In addition to keynote speakers we will have a varied selection of workshops on offer (please see further details below)

Where to stay: You will need to book your own accommodation. As well as the Hilton Hotel Liverpool City Centre L1 8LW (0151 708 4200), there are many other hotels offering bed and breakfast in Liverpool City Centre including: Premier Inn (x2), Travelodge (x3), Z Hotel, Mercure Liverpool Atlantic Tower, and the Hampton by Liverpool.


What last year’s delegates said:

“All the speakers were very inspirational and interesting, feel proud to be part of it”

“I am grateful to be given a chance to be here and I am proud to be a Shared Lives carer”

“The content is excellent”

“Well organised as ever. Thank you for providing such a good opportunity to learn and network with like-minded people”

“I really enjoyed the conference, I’m glad I came, things were broken down well and time was used effectively, great networking opportunities”

“Each year the conference is getting better”

“I really enjoyed the conference. It was very well organised and planned. The staff at

Shared Lives Plus have done a very good job. The workshops were well organised and

delivered. I was able to socialise and meet with people from other schemes.”

Don’t miss out! Complete your booking form today

Workshops on offer!

Morning sessions: please choose one workshop from 1A – 1F

1A Future shared living models and the future of Shared Lives Plus

A discussion with members about how Shared Lives Plus and members can work together to deliver on our mission of “more, better, Shared Lives and Homeshare for more people, forever,” thinking about how the Shared Lives model can evolve to meet new challenges and how our membership network can have maximum impact and remain sustainable.

1B The power of story-telling in campaigns

Building on the successes of last year’s Invaluable campaign for fairness for Shared Lives carers, we want to share learning from within our membership and draw on examples from the charity and public sector. Above all, the power of telling stories is what convinces a whole range of people about Shared Lives – how and when you tell them has the power to change hearts and minds. The workshop will cover:

  • Inspirational hope and ideas from campaigns in the public and charity sector
  • Learn about the Invaluable pay campaign in Shared Lives Plus
  • How and when to use stories in campaigns
  • A practical workshop on language, tone of voice and writing powerful and accessible

stories so your campaign has a wide resonance.

This workshop is relevant for members who want to support carers for pay rises, ask commissioners to pay for memberships and tell the Shared Lives story.

1C Personal/individual care and professional standards

This workshop is about how to provide personal care, whilst promoting the individual’s human rights. Supporting people who use Shared Lives with personal/intimate care needs can be challenging. How do we, as Shared Lives carers and schemes, support people using Shared Lives when it comes to their personal care need? We will explore how we respect individual rights and dignity whilst ensuring that people’s needs are being met.

We will use the Shared Lives Charter to explore how we promote, encourage and maintain professional standards when supporting people with their personal care needs. We will also use real life examples of how giving personal care works in a Shared Lives setting. Drawing on the experience in the room, we will look at how Shared Lives carers and scheme staff work together to support people with their personal care needs.

1D Setting up and managing a Homeshare organisation

Based on our Homeshare Quality Assurance Framework and Good Practice Guide we will give you practical guidance on how to develop your idea, set up and manage a safe and effective Homeshare Programme. The workshop will cover:

  • Putting Homeshare into context
  • Funding, business planning and sustainability
  • Staffing and managing your scheme
  • Good practice in delivery of Homeshare
  • Understanding the need for your scheme and underpinning feasibility work
  • The Homeshare UK Network.

There will also be opportunity for discussion and questions.

1E Working with people under 18: finding solutions

Offering hints and tips for working with children’s services, commissioners and professionals involved in young people’s Education, Health and Care plans. An opportunity to share experience and best practice. You will meet our previous transitions development workers who will be there to answer your questions.

1F Advocacy toolkit for Shared Lives carers with Kate Mercer – Advocacy Training #blackbeltadvocacy

Do you want to better understand advocacy duties in relation to people receiving care? Are you caring for someone who isn’t using their entitlement to advocacy during an assessment or when changes occur? This workshop will cover:

  • How advocacy relates to Shared Lives care
  • Practical advocacy skills (statutory and other forms e.g. peer advocacy, community advocacy)
  • Legal basics, legal rights, (Care Act, Equalities Act, Mental Health Act etc
  • Advocacy scenarios (assessments, changes in circumstances, safeguarding).


Afternoon sessions: please choose one workshop from 2A – 2F

2A The Ambassadors Test – Making it happen – My life is fun and interesting

A fun and practical workshop for people who use Shared Lives which will help you to:

  • Identify other ways you can be part of your community
  • Pick one group or activity you would like to join
  • Come up with a plan on how to join that group or do that activity
  • Practice acting self-confident and believing in yourself
  • Recognise and share the ways you are already helping out in your town.

2B Supporting new groups – a how-to session for schemes setting up new services

Thinking of setting up a new service? This workshop will provide the opportunity to explore what has and hasn’t worked previously for Shared Lives schemes. It will be a chance to reflect on experiences of others, to share knowledge of some of the challenges that exist and take part in discussion on how schemes can expand or grow their existing offer.

2C Let’s talk about tax

Offering an informative presentation on HMRC mandatory self-assessment tax process for carers, starting with Qualifying Care Relief, what it is and how to calculate it. We will cover registration through to completion of self-assessment tax returns. Also covering National Insurance contributions and signposting for anyone wanting to seek approved pensions advice. Delegates will also be encouraged and supported to take part in  teams, working out carer tax allowance based on several different scenarios. This workshop will focus on the process of registering with HMRC, Qualifying Care Relief and submitting your tax return. Tax advice will not be given.


2D Supporting Survivors of Domestic Abuse with SafeLives and Ali Miller

Shared Lives Plus have been working with our partner SafeLives to look at how survivors of domestic abuse could access Shared Lives arrangements, either as an alternative to women’s refuge or as an option to move on from refuge. In this session we will provide an introduction to domestic abuse, so that we have an understanding of people’s situations at the point of referral to Shared Lives. We will also cover some of the practicalities of supporting survivors of domestic abuse and look at both successes and challenges of supporting a new group of people with different needs.

2E Relationships, friendships, sexuality and sex

This workshop is to look at how we can support people to develop true friendships especially when people move into their own home. We will look at understanding the right to a sex life and understanding Shared Lives’ role in expanding this area as a right to a social life and sexual relationship. The workshop will cover:

  • Lack of friendships – national view, building on relationships
  • Supporting sexual relationships in Shared Lives and what people are comfortable around
  • How do we support people exploring their sexual needs and acceptance of different sexual orientations
  • Supporting relationships, engagement and marriage as a right
  • Understanding our fears and nightmares
  • Resources that could help carers.

2F Liberty Protection Standards

The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 received Royal Assent on 16 May 2019. The Act introduces the Liberty Protection Safeguards, which replaces the existing Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard (DoLS) on 1st October 2020. This workshop will cover what the Liberty Protection safeguards are, why they are being introduced and what they mean for the Shared Lives sector.


Conference programme

*These timings are provisional and subject to slight change

Wednesday 6 November

17:00 Registration opens

17:45 Shared Lives Plus Extended Annual General Meeting, including an update on Shared Lives Plus activity, a consultation session about our future direction and plans and an opportunity for discussion and debate

19:00 Drinks reception

19.30 19: 30 Dinner and Shared Lives Plus Awards Ceremony

22:30 Close.

Thursday 7 November 2019

8:30 Tea/coffee and registration

9:15 Welcome and introduction by conference chairs Lesley Dixon, Chief Executive, PSS (UK) and a Shared Lives Plus Ambassador

9:30 Keynote speeches to be confirmed

10:30 Refreshments

11:00 Workshop 1

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Workshop 2

15:00 Refreshments and closing summary

15:30 Conference ends.


Workshops at a glance

Thursday 7 November


Morning sessions

1A: Future shared living models and the future of Shared Lives Plus

1B: The power of story-telling in campaigns

1C: Personal/individual care and professional standards

1D: Setting up and managing a Homeshare Scheme

1E: Working with people under 18:  Finding solutions

1F: Advocacy tool kit for Shared Lives carers

Afternoon sessions

2A: The Ambassadors Test – Making it happen – My life is fun and interesting

2B: Supporting new groups – a how to session for schemes setting up new services

2C: Let’s talk about tax

2D: Supporting Survivors of Domestic Abuse

2E: Relationships, friendships, sexuality and sex

2F: Liberty Protection Standards

Special requirements

Please let us know all accessible arrangements and dietary needs to make the conference accessible. We will give dietary needs to the venue two weeks prior to the event and no changes will be able to be made on the night/day.


All requests for cancellations and/or transfers must be received in writing. Changes will become effective on the date of written confirmation being received. In the event of a delegate named on the booking form being unable to attend, we will accept substitution of another delegate. Cancellation 15 calendar days or more before the start date of the event – 50% refund of fee will be given. Between 1 and 14 calendar days (inclusive/failure to attend) – no refund will be given.

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