“Since I came here, I go to the Community Centre in Farnham, and help with babies and toddlers at Potters Gate.”
Find out why Clare gets so much out of living with Greg and Alex
“Being in a familiar environment has helped her to make sense of the world around her, supported by a person she knows and trusts.”
Deborah lives with Jenny, with her own family close by.
Shared Lives in action
Find out how Shared Lives works in practice by taking a look at some of our case studies. You’ll see how much people love living in their home environments, and how our Shared Lives carers give real support within a family home.
- Clare – Clare has been living with Greg and Alex. Her Shared Lives carers say they’ve seen a real change in Clare because she’s had the opportunity to become more independent. She is learning how to cook, goes to activities at local centres and is even planning a holiday.
“She’s learned and come on so much. She’s learned new skills and thrives on the idea that one day she will be more and more independent.”
- Deborah and Jenny – She is a loved member of the family and is included in all Jenny’s family events and relationships. Deborah’s own family live nearby, and she has regular contact with them.
Jenny is a nurse and an experienced Shared Lives carer, so she can help Deborah with all her care and support needs, including personal care, finances, reassurance and taking her to day activities. Deborah lives as independently as she can, and Jenny is always there to help and support her.
- Christine – Christine went on holiday to Mauritius with Rouby, Koomila and Chris. She stayed with their family members who all made her feel welcome. She tried lots of new foods and met a lot of new people. She also spent a lot of time on the beach, went to the shops and visited local markets.
Christine had a great time. “They were all nice people and they looked after me well. I really enjoyed myself with the family and I will go back there because it was nice.”
- Sue and Paul – Sue and Paul became Shared Lives carers after fostering their two young people for over ten years. This means they can continue the work as the people they support move into adulthood. They have been supported by the Shared Lives team through this transition.
“It’s so rewarding to see them becoming independent and enabling them to access their communities. Becoming their Shared Lives carer is like having a jigsaw puzzle complete – everything is starting to fit into the right place.”