Shared Lives Week: 17-25 June 2017 “We’re not staff, we don’t clock off after 8 hours, there’s no handover at 10pm, no rigid routines, and we can make sure people have an ordinary day, week, month and year.” - Shared Lives carer Grace Eyre is playing its part in a major national campaign to celebrate and promote the Shared Lives model of care, and show how it is supporting more and more people locally and across the UK. It is an option for people with learning disabilities, mental ill health, older people, and people with dementia – as well as many others. Shared Lives week 2017 runs from 17- 25 June 2017, and across the UK Shared Lives schemes, Shared Lives carers and people who use Shared Lives services are getting the word out about this unique form of care and support. This year’s national theme is Shared Lives Choice For All to raise awareness of the Shared Lives care model - which can be available for a wide range of support needs, but is not yet offered to all people who can benefit from the service. Shared Lives carers share their home and family life with an adult who needs help or support to live well. 13,500 people use Shared Lives across the UK. Over recent years, Shared Lives has out-performed other forms of social care, in terms of expansion, and it is hoped that Shared Lives week 2017 will mean that this growth continues. However, for this growth to continue, Shared Lives Plus, the UK Network for Shared Lives schemes and Shared Lives carers, believes that a UK wide awareness raising campaign is needed to build on the fantastic work already being undertaken locally. Alex Fox, Chief Executive of Shared Lives Plus, the UK Network for Shared Lives and Homeshare said: “I’m delighted to see Grace Eyre getting involved in Shared Lives week 2017. Our theme this year is Shared Lives Choice For All because everyone involved in Shared Lives has a choice about whom to live with. We also believe that Shared Lives should be offered as a choice to everyone who could benefit. Whenever someone needs support, people on their side and a place to belong, Shared Lives can be a great choice to offer them.” If you want to know more about Shared Lives please get in touch. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SHARED LIVES WEEK NATIONALLY CONTACT: Tim Moore, Communications Manager on: Office: 0151 227 3499, mobile: 07881 52 12 69 or via email: [email protected] Shared Lives Plus: Shared Lives Plus is the UK network of family-based or very small scale care, support and inclusion approaches for disabled people, young people and older people. In Shared Lives, an adult (and in some cases a 16 or 17 year old) who needs support and/or accommodation moves in with, or regularly visits, an approved Shared Lives carer, after they have been matched for compatibility. Together, they share family and community life. In many cases the individual becomes a settled part of a supportive family, although Shared Lives is also used as day support, as breaks for unpaid family carers, as home from hospital care and as a stepping stone for someone to get their own place.