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Liz promotes Shared Lives scheme in Parliament and in Leicester

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On the 14th October I hosted an event in Parliament to celebrate Shared Lives Plus and to promote the amazing work they do.

Shared Lives carers welcome disabled and older people into their homes and their lives, during the day, for short periods of time or permanently. Carers are recruited assessed and trained by local schemes and paid a modest amount of money to cover their expenses and time.

One of the scheme’s users, Claire, gave a very moving speech about how her carers have opened their home and hearts to her, transforming her life. She said that since she’s been living with them she doesn’t feel lonely anymore, and that she has a genuine choice about how she lives her life. You can find out more about Shared Lives and Claire’s story by watching this video.

I’ve been championing Shared Lives locally, so I’m really pleased the City Council is helping our local scheme to expand to include people with dementia for the first time, as well as people with learning disabilities. I joined care staff on Friday at Beaumont Leys shopping centre to provide information to the public on the scheme and how they can get involved. If you’re interested I’d urge you to find out more by ringing 0116 221 1370 or by emailing sharedlives {at} leicester.gov(.)uk