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Monday, 12 November 2018 12:00

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 21:50

Does my heart look big in this?

"Does my heart look big in this?!" When TV actress Arabella Weir went in search of kindness, she found it in an ordinary home with two unrelated people sharing an extraordinary life.

Mary was a retired nurse, adopted children and a coop-full of ex-battery hens.... but her house - and her heart - weren’t full up yet!

When Sinead left hospital, she was told her only option was residential care. At 26, she didn’t want to live in an institution with people who were so much older than her. That’s when Mary and Sinead met through their local Shared Lives scheme.

Mary is a Shared Lives carer and they now share home, family and community life. Mary says it makes for “A richer sort of life!” Sinead agrees, saying “I fought to stay here!” 

You could change somebody’s life by becoming a Shared Lives carer too. You could:

  • welcome someone into your home and life
  • help them with socialising, shopping or self-confidence 
  • continue rehab after an operation
  • provide a consistent relationship after a breakdown or dementia
  • become the joint champions at your local bowling alley or pub quiz! 

It sounds ordinary, but you will be a paid professional carer, making a real difference in your own home. Shared Lives care performs best for quality and safety of all social care, inspected by the Care Quality Commission. Mary says “I would recommend anyone to be a Shared Lives carer!"

Want to change someone’s life by sharing yours? If you’re interested, let us know and we'll ask your local scheme to get in touch with you. 

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Thursday, 13 September 2018 10:16

Avalon require a Shared Lives Development manager

Shared Lives Development Manager based in York – Fixed Term for 2 Years

Avalon are looking for an enthusiastic social care manager to join their local team. If you have experience of working in social care, and in project management, you could be just the person they are looking for to expand their Shared Lives service with this new project.

Closing Date: Monday 1st October 2018

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 14:30

Placement Officer – Bromley Shared Lives Scheme

Placement Officer – Bromley Shared Lives Scheme BR8/9 £25,961- £30358 pro rata
24 - 30 hrs per week

Summary
Salary: £25,961-£30,358 pro rata (BR8/9)
Location: Bromley Civic Centre
Job Type: Part Time -Permanent.
Vacancy Group: Care/Social Work
Closing Date: 16th September 2018
Reference: 0000020130

Monday, 02 July 2018 12:45

Become a Member

Rama and RisWe’re there when you need it…

Our members tell us being a Shared Lives carer can be a rewarding experience as you see someone else grow and receive so much in return. With Membership of Shared Lives Plus you can use a range of support services to make life easier and know there’s back up when you need it. From tax returns to mortgage and legal advice – we’re there for you.

What is included in Shared Lives Plus Membership and how you can make the most of it this year:

Peace of mind

  • Helpline – confidential and free advice and support for any question about Shared Lives
  • “Ask the Legal Expert” - one hour of free legal advice from our legal partners, Jackson Canter, including benefits, debt, housing and general social care queries
  • Discounted help with tax returns
  • Keep up to date with laws affecting your role
  • Personal development modules enabling you to understand Shared Lives’ values, deliver support confidently and refresh your Shared Lives way of life
  • Mediation support
  • Free will writing service - new
  • Mortgage advice which understands Shared Lives carers’ self-employed income
  • Car, travel, house and contents insurance - (10% discount on your current insurers’ rates for the first year)
  • Free legal representation if criminal charges are made against you and legal advice to help you challenge de-approval (primary Shared Lives carers only).

Powerful voice

  • Stay up to date with Shared Lives across the UK – feel connected with other Shared Lives carers, keep up to date with best practice across Shared Lives Plus network through Sharing our quarterly magazine
  • Regional and national campaigns to promote Shared Lives

People like me

  • Log into the Shared Lives carers’ online forum
  • Free local, regional and national teleconferences to talk with other Shared Lives carers and ask our carer support team directly about issues affecting you
  • Meet others for support, friendship and fun. We offer practical support and advice to develop and maintain a Shared Lives carer group in your area.
  • Local, regional and national meetings and events
  • Free discounts on everyday shopping, holidays, products and services, food and drink and much more with our Wider Wallet scheme (see article)
  • Discounted entrance at Shared Lives Plus Annual Conference

Full membership also includes public liability insurance, so we can cover you for personal injury or property damage to a third person. Some schemes cover you automatically, but if not, you will need our full Membership to cover you. You can call us to check if you’re covered.

Discount for Joint Membership

If there is a second approved Shared Lives carer living with you, for example your partner, you will need Joint Membership so that you are both covered for any legal expenses or advice if an allegation is brought against the second approved Shared Lives carers. It’s only £10 more for full Membership or £15 for basic Membership, so make sure you’re covered and enjoy all the other benefits too.

What is public liability insurance?

When you care for an elderly or disabled person you may be legally liable, should someone suffer a loss or be injured as a result of the actions of the person in your care, or under your supervision.

Public Liability insurance protects Shared Lives carers from claims arising from personal injury or property damage to a third party as a result of alleged negligence on your part.

We have partnered with Towergate for many years as they understand the unique nature of family-based Shared Lives care and have developed a policy which provides effective and broad cover. Towergate’s Public Liability policies also include being sued by a service user for abuse cover for physical, mental or financial losses.

Wider Wallet – get discounts on everyday shopping, online, gift cards and vouchers

As part of your Membership of Shared Lives Plus, you can use Wider Wallet for free. It’s a website with lots of offers to save you money and includes online discounts, cashback offers, reloadable discounted gift cards and downloadable vouchers. For example, you can save 3% at Asda, 6% at B&Q, 7% at Bella Italia or 10% at Cineworld on cinema tickets. Register for free, simply click onwww.widerwallet.com enter the code we will give you when you become a Member. 

Mortgage advice specifically for Shared Lives carers

You may have encountered problems with mortgage lenders when it comes to showing your income and been met with a lack of understanding about how you work as a Shared Lives carer. If this is the case, our new mortgage advisors, from Mortgage Brain, Katie MacLeod and Marcus Davis are here to help you whether you are a first time buyer, moving home or re-mortgaging. There is no fee for a consultation and it’s just £150 on application. Find out more about specialist advice for mortgage advice email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 0151 227 3499.

New Membership benefit - free will writing service

Make sure the people you choose receive your assets

We’ve all put off that moment when we need to write or update our will – but by talking to advisors who understand Shared Lives carers, you can make sure the people you want to, receive your assets. When there is no will, the Government decide who inherits through the Laws of Intestacy – and in some circumstances, the law will say different people to who you would want.

Ashbrook Legal Services, our new partners, can help you write a will – it’s another peace of mind from your Membership that you can get free of charge and if you want to, you can leave a legacy to Shared Lives Plus and help our work continue. They will help you write a will for free, and then if you want any other services from them, they will show you the costs – but we’ve made sure there won’t be any hard sell. Ashbrook specialise in will writing and later life planning. If you want to find out more for no obligation, please get in touch This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0151 227 3499

Membership prices

The Membership fees are £99 for single Shared Lives carer Membership and £109 for the discounted joint Membership, both these include public liability insurance and all the benefits included in Membership.

We are committed to keeping the price of Membership as low as possible and for the last three years it has remained the same. We have recently negotiated the rising cost of insurance and included other benefits, such as free will-writing and Wider Wallet in your Membership.

For less than £2 a week, you’d more than cover the cost if you used just one or two of the benefits on offer - and have peace of mind for being a Shared Lives carer for the year.     

Full Membership for single Shared Lives carer     £99                                       

Full Membership for joint Shared Lives carers     £109                                     

Basic Membership for single Shared Lives carer  £60                                       

Basic Membership for joint Shared Lives carers  £75                                       

Shared Lives scheme Membership                   £150, plus £30 for every additional worker

Sensible stewardship

Around 20%, every one in £5 that we receive, comes from Membership fees and contributes towards the Membership offer for support when you need it. But, we spend almost £2.50 in every £5, 50%, of our entire income, directly on supporting Members. A further seven in £10, 70%, of our income comes from funding grants from the Big Lottery, NHS England, Nesta, Welsh Assembly and others which also contributes to Members’ support and enables us to grow and develop Shared Lives for more people. It also helps us develop advice and guidance for Shared Lives carers and schemes supporting people with diverse range of support needs.

To join Shared Lives Plus, please dowload, fill out and send us an application form.

 

You can ring us 0151 227 3499 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information

We are thrilled to report that demand for Homeshare continues to grow with a remarkable eightfold increase in enquiries plus steady growth in both the numbers of people using Homeshare (9%) and the numbers of operating schemes (37.5%) in part due to the Homeshare Partner Programme.

Furthermore, several established schemes are now operating sustainably and at scale; giving us confidence in the economic model and the demand. Our investigations for the first time capture the anecdotal impact of Homeshare on Householder’s loved ones with 99% reporting greater peace of mind since their relative’s Homeshare and 86% indicating they would recommend it. For direct participants, key impact themes include; a reduction in loneliness, improved quality of life and re-engagement with local social networks.

For Homeshare to have a significant effect on social care in the UK, support from health and social care workers and the media is needed to; raise its profile further and help older people see Homeshare as a model which can enable them to age well in place, while also giving a younger person a great start in life. Additionally, more academic research is required to demonstrate the lasting, positive outcomes suggested anecdotally for Householders, Homesharers and their networks.

You can read the full report by downloading it here 

 

 

Thursday, 14 September 2017 21:10

Homeshare UK Sector Report 2017

We are thrilled to report that demand for Homeshare continues to grow with a remarkable eightfold increase in enquiries plus steady growth in both the numbers of people using Homeshare (9%) and the numbers of operating schemes (37.5%) in part due to the Homeshare Partner Programme. Furthermore, several established schemes are now operating sustainably and at scale; giving us confidence in the economic model and the demand.
Our investigations for the first time capture the anecdotal impact of Homeshare on Householder’s loved ones with 99% reporting greater peace of mind since their relative’s Homeshare and 86% indicating they would recommend it. For direct participants, key impact themes include; a reduction in loneliness, improved quality of life and re-engagement with local social networks.

For Homeshare to have a significant effect on social care in the UK, support from health and social care workers and the media is needed to; raise its profile further and help older people see Homeshare as a model which can enable them to age well in place, while also giving a younger person a great start in life. Additionally, more academic research is required to demonstrate the lasting, positive outcomes suggested anecdotally for Householders, Homesharers and their networks.

We hope you find the report of interest, if you have any questions – please do get in touch. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 pdfHomeshare UK Sector Report 2017

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 10:13

Your Voice Counts - January 2015

 Your Voice Counts (YVC) is a Charity that provides Advocacy support ‐ mostly for people with learning disabilities.

Established in 1991 they provide a broad range of services across the North East. They are a user led organization; 7 of our 13 board members have a learning disability and a Chair who is also a woman with a learning disability. They feel that it is really important that people with a learning disability are at the heart of deciding how our organization is run and how our services are delivered. 

pdfYour Voice Counts

Thursday, 20 July 2017 10:45

SOMERSET SHARED LIVES

Participating in scheme but no carers offering holidays at present please.

SOMERSET SHARED LIVES

shared lives weekThis year’s Shared Lives week has been full of events, raising awareness and celebrating the work of the whole Shared Lives family. Shared Lives carers, schemes, people who use Shared Lives services and Shared Lives Plus staff have been spreading the word throughout the country that Shared Lives should be a choice for all.

Shared Lives carers, scheme officers and guests from all over Wales gathered at The Senedd in Wales on Monday 19th June, for a very special Shared Lives week celebration. Around 80 people, including Social Services Minister, Rebecca Evans, Assembly Members, guests from Health Boards, key people from local authority social service departments, academics and third sector colleagues attended to hear about Shared Lives in Wales. The Minister met two people currently being supported by South East Wales new Health Initiative, as well as many others being supported by Shared Lives. She gave an inspiring endorsement of Shared Lives work in Wales. There was also another promotional event in Wales on the Thursday of Shared Lives Week organised by Shared Lives carers of the Powys Shared Lives group.

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