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Shared Lives Week

Shared Lives Week is taking place from 17 - 21 June 2019. The focus of this year’s Shared Lives Week is to celebrate the amazing part Shared Lives carers play in people’s lives.

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 Wendy Rider, Portfolio Holder for Adult Services 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.

“Helping to make a real difference to someone’s life can be incredibly rewarding. Everyone deserves a good life.

“If you are interested in making a difference get in touch with our Shared Lives team.”

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

Wednesday 19 June, 10am-2pm at Cardington Tesco

Thursday 27 June, 10am-2pm at Putnoe Library

Friday 28 June, 10am-2pm at Sainsbury’s Fairfield

Wednesday 3 July, 2pm-5pm at Kempston Library

Thursday 4 July, 2pm-5pm at Bromham Library

Sunday 6 July, 10am-2pm at St Johns Family Fun Day

Tuesday 8 July, at 2pm-5pm at Wootton Library

Thursday 10 July, 11am-3pm at Bedford Central Library

Friday 11 July, 10am-2pm at Tesco Riverfield Drive

Friday 2 August, 10am-2pm at Tesco Riverfield Drive

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.

One of our shared lives carers said: “As a carer I planned with a service user I support a spa day we enjoyed the use of sauna and steam rooms. As well as relaxing I encouraged and guided him in the water to build up his confidence in the water, we are going to go swimming on a regular basis to help him learn to swim; the day was enjoyable and relaxing for us both”

A local service user told us: “I really enjoy living with my Shared lives family. I have a great social life; I have a voluntary job that I really enjoy as well as really enjoying clubs that I attend.”

For more information visit www.bedford.gov.uk/sharedlives, call our Shared Lives Bedford team on 01234 228560, or email the team sharedlives@bedford.gov.uk.