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1 Shared Lives: unlocking the potential Alex Fox, CEO Shared Lives Plus Karl and Clare with Shared Lives carers Blossom and Mike, at their wedding, before moving to live independently Kent Shared Lives

2 8,000 Shared Lives carers are recruited, trained, supported, monitored by 150 registered local schemes. They are matched with adults who need support and share home and family life at the Shared Lives carer’s home. Sharing home and family life.

3 Paul, 50, moved in with Shared Lives carer, Sheila and family in Birmingham. He bought his first bicycle and enjoys bike rides with Sheila and her husband, who have helped Paul become a visible and popular member of the community. He knows people like local shopkeepers by name and Sheila encourages everyone to ‘look out for Paul’. Paul has learned to use public transport and cross roads safely and he can now walk unaided in his community for the first time. Paul doesn't have a lot of speech, but when asked what 'independent' means, he smiles and says 'walk'. Other stories: the Parker family (the Telegraph):; Nigel and Stephen (the Guardian) Paul and Sheila

4 ‘Peter’, who I support several days a week, is a similar age to me and he has learning, physical and communication difficulties. I really enjoy being in his company and I think he feels the same. I encourage Peter to decide what he wants to do and get great satisfaction seeing him making good sound decisions. Peter visits my home and has got to know Moira, my boys and my sister and Mum. I was impressed at how Peter engaged my youngest son Aaron, bringing Aaron out of his shell. Allan, retired police officer and Shared Lives carer. Sharing home and family life.

5 Shared Lives vital statistics In England, primary (not sole) reason for support: 7710 are people of all ages with learning disabilities 820 are people with mental health issues 310 have dementia 280 are people with physical disabilities 8000 are working age and 1600 are 65+ 6720 Shared Lives carers: 4403 providing long term support 2317 solely providing breaks or day support

6 ‘Firsts’ for 500 individuals using Shared Lives: Learned a household task: 35% Carried out a personal task: 35% First ever holiday: 30% (UK) 16% (abroad) First boyfriend/girlfriend: 12% Joined a club not exclusively for disabled people: 26% Started a job: 4% and volunteering 13% 30% of service users had made one new friend 32% of service users had made two to four new friends 34% of service users had made five or more new friends. Shared Lives: outcomes

7 Shared Lives savings in three local authorities in 2013 Average net per person p.a. savings: £26,000 (learning disabilities) and £8,000 (mental health).* Social investment available to start and expand Shared Lives schemes. *Social Finance: Investing in Shared Lives 2014

8 Regional variation in use of Shared Lives in England: Yorkshire & Humbs: 0.9% of people supported. East of England: 0.2%.

9 Scaling up Hampshire Shared Lives supports 9% of supported adults with learning disabilities; Sheffield supports 2% of supported over 65s and 2% of people with mental health support. If all areas caught up with these areas Shared Lives would grow from 10,000 to 36,000 people. Yorkshire and Humbs: 30% of Shared Lives arrangements are for over 65s, but in the North East, this is only 2.1%

10 Shared Lives is not alone in combining community building ideas with support Homeshare Circles of Support Care banks and time banks Micro-enterprise development Local Area Coordination KeyRing networks Social sustainability

11 Shared Lives illustrates some counter-cultural ideas: Mixing paid and unpaid; professional and personal Community development not just community location Strengths, capabilities, assets-focus; not just needs/deficits (Re)arranging interventions in support of informal networks The sustainability of both services and of communities relies on service models which are re-arranged around not just individuals’ needs, but their informal support eco-system: a networked model of support & truly ‘social’ social care. Social sustainability

12 Alex Fox, CEO, Shared Lives Plus, 07738641897 Twitter: @alexsharedlives Personalisation: lessons from social care, RSA: Redesigning the front end of social care: Working locally: micro-enterprises and building community assets, for NHS Confederation's Uneasy Consensus series: Contact details West Wales Adult Placement

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