My Shared Life is an online tracker for people who use Shared Lives and Shared Lives schemes to see the progress and positive life decisions they are making. It is a way to tell powerful stories with numbers, so that people who use, or set up and pay for Shared Lives can make informed decisions.
My Shared Life enables individuals to see their progress. Shared Lives carers can get valuable feedback from the individuals they support and schemes can use the evidence to develop their scheme in new areas. Shared Lives officers can use the questionnaires face to face with people using Shared Lives. My Shared Life then turns the data into charts and graphs that can be used to show, for example, the progress an individual has made with their physical well-being, or for a manager to show the outcomes for all those over 65 years old who use Shared Lives.
We developed it with people who are part of Shared Lives, Shared Lives carers, schemes and the PSSRU (Personal Social Services Research Unit) at Kent University, to chart the six areas of well-being unique to Shared Lives: family and personal relationships, involvement in the local community, occupation and participation, control over daily life, physical well-being and emotional well-being.
Since we launched My Shared Life, over 200 people have taken part and it has shown many differences between schemes, the areas they work in and the positive difference made by Shared Lives:
- 89% of people in Shared Lives felt they were part of the family most or all of the time.
- 92% of people in Shared Lives felt that their Shared Lives carer’s support improved their social life.
- 81% of people in Shared Lives felt that their Shared Lives carer’s support made it easier for them to have friends.
- 73% of people in Shared Lives felt involved with their community but 93% felt their Shared Lives carer’s support helped them feel more involved.
- 85% of people in Shared Lives felt their Shared Lives carer’s support helped them have more choice in their daily life.
- 84% of people in Shared Lives felt their Shared Lives carer’s support improved their physical health.
- 88% of people in Shared Lives felt their Shared Lives carer’s support made their emotional health better.
The more people who take part, the more interesting and valuable the data becomes for everyone using it.