I was very proud to host this year’s Shared Lives Parliamentary reception on 20th June.
I have been a long-term supporter of the charity, which provides a network of family based care for adults who need support, including older people and those with learning disabilities. Shared Lives helps people to enjoy fulfilling lives by providing the love and support of a family.
One of the scheme’s users, Meg, gave a very moving speech about the difference Shared Lives carers can make. Shared Lives carers opened up their home to Meg and the results have been life-changing. You can read Meg’s speech here.
The theme of this year’s event was ensuring fairness for carers, some of whom haven’t had a pay-rise for over 10 years. Carers need to be provided with the training and support they need to carry on their amazing work.