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Shared Lives scheme praised by MP Nigel Huddleston

Adrian H Published Thursday, 26th July 2018

Mid Worcestershire MP Nigel Huddleston has praised the County Council's Shared Lives initiative.

Shared Lives supports adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems or other needs that make it harder for them to live on their own.

Mr Huddleston met with Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Adult Social Care, Councillor Adrian Hardman, at County Hall today (Thurs), as well as Avril Wilson, Director of Adult Services and Councillor John Smith, Cabinet Member for Health and Well-being.

One of Worcestershire County Council's key priorities is to ensure people with care and support needs and those that support them live as independently as possible, and to enable them to have as much choice as possible about how they live their lives.

Councillor Hardman said: "It was great to talk to Nigel and tell him all about the Shared Lives scheme.

"I was honoured to attend an event last month hosted by the Shared Lives team and it was fantastic to meet the people benefitting every day from this wonderful scheme."

Mr Huddleston said: "Shared Lives is a fantastic initiative which really makes a positive impact on people's lives.

"It was interesting to hear that Shared Lives carers come from all walks of life. Being involved with Shared Lives is a great opportunity for people to make a real difference in their local communities."

In June, the Worcestershire Shared Lives scheme hosted an event at County Hall to celebrate and raise awareness of the fantastic support offered to people with care and support needs across the county.

The scheme supports adults who cannot live alone but may still be fairly independent, and matches them with a suitable carer.

The carer shares their community, their family and their home, to help create an extraordinary difference in the lives of the person with care needs and also the person providing support.

For more information on Shared Lives visit: http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20563/shared_lives_scheme.