We might not be able meet up in person to celebrate Shared Lives week 2021, but we can get onnline to help us get our voices heard.
We’ll build on the success of last year’s virtual tea parties with carers and their households, as well as encouraging local MPs, commissioners or directors of adult services to join in online, or meet virtually with Shared Lives households to find out more about the amazing work you do. We’ll create draft letters and press releases and we’ve been talking you through a a range of social media tips and strategies to help you get the message out there:
To help bring us closer together during Covid-19 and to celebrate the amazing work our carers do, we want to encourage Shared Lives households to join together online and hold a ‘virtual tea party’.
At the foot of this page we have attached a template press release you can use to let the local media know what’s happening, as well as some invitation templates you can edit. We’ve also produced a very handy guide to Zoom – the online meeting tool that most of us had probably never heard of until a few months ago! Zoom is a great (free) way of hosting and managing group calls online. If you haven’t tried it yet, give it a go!
We are also encouraging local community groups to organise fundraising tea parties during Shared Lives week, to help raise funds to support the Shared Lives Plus carer helpline. Maybe try and find out if there are any groups near you taking part?
And if you are publicising your event via the local media, please do involve your communications team locally, or come to us for help if you get stuck.
Check back for more ideas and information – and check out last year for inspiration!