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Shared Lives Week 2018

Shared Lives Week is taking place from Friday 15th to Sunday 24th June 2018. The focus of this year’s Shared Lives Week is to raise awareness and support for our valued Shared Lives carers across the Borough.

The Shared Lives service works with people aged 16 years and over who have learning disabilities to assist them to access greater everyday life opportunities within the local community. Shared Lives carers share their home and family life with a person who has support needs. Shared Lives carers do amazing work and enrich the lives of the individuals they support as well as the communities they live in. This can be long term support or a short break by having support and access to community events like going to the cinema or for a walk and chat.

Cllr Anthony Forth, Portfolio Holder for Adult Services and Operational Housing said: “Sharing your home and life with an adult with learning disabilities, through Shared Lives can improve outcomes for the individual and can have a wealth of positive experiences for all involved. You could make a real difference to someone’s life. I encourage anyone interested to get in touch with our Shared Lives team.”

Are you interested in becoming a Shared Lives Carer? If you want to know more about Shared Lives in Bedford, our Shared Lives team will be sharing information about the service at the following locations:

  • Monday 18th June 11am-3pm - Bedford central library
  • Tuesday 19th June 10am -4pm - Putnoe library
  • Thursday 21st June 10am -2pm -Tesco Riverfield Drive
On Saturday 23rd June 2018 (11-2pm), to celebrate Shared Lives Week, a Shared Lives Tea Party organised jointly by Bedford Borough, Luton, Milton Keynes and Central Bedfordshire Councils. It will take place at Flitwick village hall, MK45 1HP. People interested in becoming carers are welcome to come along.

Alternatively, visit or call our Shared Lives Bedford team on 01234 228560, alternatively, email