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Coordinator Jacky Lockhart has joined our team at Shared Lives South West

Cordinator Jacky is welcomed to the Shared Lives South West team

We have welcomed a new Shared Lives Coordinator to the team. Jacky Lockhart is no stranger to Shared Lives South West having previously been Devon Approval Panel for some time. Here we catch up with Jacky about what she is enjoy about her coordinator role and being part of the organisation. 1, What enticed you…

Shared Lives South West Carer Mel with Abby and baby Isabella

Abby and Isabella are part of the family

Less than 12 months ago new mum Abby was going to have to go to a special centre to help her with her parenting skills, miles away from her family and friends. At the eleventh hour, Shared Lives South West services, were discussed as an option and before long Abby was matched with Shared Lives…

Shared Lives South West Carer Barbara Barnwell with Micheal who she supports at her Somerset family home

Somerset Shared Lives South West Carer Barbara is Michael’s rock

Micheal, who lives with Shared Lives South West Carer Barbara Barnwell in Somerset, calls her his ‘rock’. He has turned his life around and is thriving in the two years he’s been supported by her home in Langport. My rock “Barbara cheers me up and is my rock,” said Michael. “I am really happy and…

Krista Ford who has joined Shared Lives South West on placement as part of her Social Work student from Plymouth University

Social Work student from Plymouth University enjoys placement at Shared Lives South West

Krista Ford has joined us at the Devon Office working 24 days as part of her Social Work qualification at Plymouth University. She’s in her first year of her studies and works as a carer to gain experience when not studying. “My placement was found for me by my tutor at University,” she said. “While…

Anna who has moved into her own flat and is supported by SLSW carer Dawn Jago

Baby news and new flat for Anna

Anna has lots to celebrate, not only has she moved into her own flat after three years in a Shared Lives placement, she’s also expecting her second child. “I’m very happy right now,” she said. “I’m pleased and proud I’ve got my own place.” Anna lived with her son Liam with SLSW Carer Carol Griffiths…

Apprentice Chloe Boyd has joined the Shared Lives South West team

We welcome apprentice Chloe to the Shared Lives South West team

Chloe Boyd has joined our team in Cornwall for the next year while she completes an apprenticeship in conjunction with Truro and Penwith College. She will study Business Administration which will include 30 hours a week placement at Shared Lives South West. Chloe will be mentored Stephanie Thomas in our admin department. Apprentice Chloe, who…

Nicola Fortt who has joined the admin team at SLSW

Welcome to new our admin team Nicola

Nicola Fortt has joined our admin team and will be based in our Somerset office. Here we catch up with her to find out more about why she joined SLSW… Why did you want to work at SLSW in our admin team? I wanted to do a job i’d be interested in and something that…

Approval panel chairman Sally Palmer chairs her final meeting

Approval panel chairman Sally Palmer reflects as she chairs her final meeting

Devon Approval Panel Chairman Sally Palmer has chaired her final meeting. Here she reflects on her time on the panel, what she’s enjoyed and the highlights… “Fifteen years ago I was a member of the first approval panel of the South West Adult Placement Scheme (SWAPS). In December 2019 I chaired my last Shared Lives…

Ashleigh who is doing a Shared Lives Coordinator student placement with Shared Lives South West

Student placement Ashleigh talks about her SLC role with Shared Lives South West

We catch up with Ashleigh Burgoyne who is completing her placement as a student SLC with us.   You are a student SLC with us, how long is your placement? My placement is 70 days and my working days are Mon, Tues and Wed every week until approximately the end of April. What was it…

Matt, who uses Shared Lives South West services, is a volunteer at Plym Valley Railway

Thanks to volunteer role at Plym Valley Railway, Matt is on the right track

There is no doubt Matt has found his calling in life since starting as a volunteer at Plym Valley Railway. Matt was helped by his Shared Lives South West carer Teresa Walker to find the position, which he started in the Summer. “I’ve never been happier,” said Matt. “I work there two days a week…