Havering celebrates its first Shared Lives arrangement

Published: Tuesday, 8 November 2016

The Borough’s first Shared Lives care arrangement is in place with Michael, aged 21, now being supported in a safe environment where his daily needs are met by June and Neil.

Councillor Wendy Brice-Thompson, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services and Health, said:

“Michael is someone who is eligible for Adult Social Care as he needs support to manage his daily life.

“He knew June and Neil because he goes to college and judo with their daughter Caitlin and they saw he needed a safe place to live. June and Neil applied to become Shared Lives carers so they can support him as a part of their family and help him learn new skills.

“June and Neil are getting support and training from Havering Shared Lives scheme so they can feel confident and skilled in their new job.

“Michael is really happy that he was able to stay in his local area and continue with his college course. He said he loves his Shared Lives carers.”

Around 13,000 people use Shared Lives across the UK. In a Shared Lives arrangement, a Shared Lives carer shares their home and family life with an adult who needs help or support to live well.

The model has grown by over 25 per cent nationally in the last 2 years and Havering Shared Lives scheme is keen to hear more families who might be interested in using the service or in offering a room to a vulnerable adult in exchange for a generous weekly allowance.

Alex Fox, Chief Executive of Shared Lives Plus, the UK Network for Shared Lives and Home Share, said:

“We are delighted that Havering is playing its part, and it’s great to have so many people in the borough supporting us. This is a major step forward in our aim to see Shared Lives as an option across health and social care so that many more people can benefit.”