Life changing opportunity to make a difference

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Councillor Denise Jones with guests at the launch of Tower Hamlets Shared Lives


  • Call for paid carers to support local people with learning disabilities
  • Chance for adults with a learning disability to enjoy family life 

Individuals and families with welcoming hearts and a spare room are being encouraged to open their homes and lives to support adults with learning disabilities.

Shared Lives (SL), an innovative care scheme that has improved the lives of adults with learning disabilities across the UK, was launched in Tower Hamlets on 9 April.

Aimed at providing local individual care that supports independence and access to services, you can help by offering day care, short respite periods and longer-term placements for people with learning disabilities.

As part of Shared Lives, adults who need support to have greater control over daily aspects of living such as shopping and managing finances, share a home and family life with people in the local community.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “Shared Lives will provide innovative support to residents in Tower Hamlets who find it harder to live on their own. Both the carer and the person with support needs will benefit from sharing their family and community life.”

There are over 10,000 SL carers in the UK, and the scheme consistently outperforms all other forms of regulated care in Care Quality Commission inspections, at 92 per cent good or excellent.

Potential carers go through a rigorous assessment process, which appraises their skills, understanding, abilities, and experience. Health and background checks are also carried out.

Carers receive ongoing support and training and payment for the care and support they provide.

Councillor Denise Jones, Cabinet Member for Adults Health and Wellbeing said: “Across the UK, Shared Lives has made an immense difference to carers and people who use the scheme. I hope it will empower adults with learning disabilities or other needs in Tower Hamlets to live independently and create lasting relationships, which foster inclusion and independence in our communities.  I would urge anyone who wants to share their life with someone else who needs support to get in touch with Shared Lives manager Maryam Rouf on 02077715521 or email shared.lives@towerhamlets.gov.uk.”

An information event on April 25 at 11am that explains the scheme will take place at the Create Day Service, 35 Ronald Street, Limehouse, E1 0DT.

To attend the event email shared.lives@towerhamlets.gov.uk or call 0207 7715521 or 020 7771 5816.

Posted on Tuesday 9th April 2019