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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…

Tommy visited India on a dream trip with his Shared Lives South West

Dream trip to India for Tommy and his Shared Lives Carer

A life long ambition to meet an elephant and enjoy a dream trip to India came to fruition for Tommy, thanks to his SLSW carer Dawn Soloman. Tommy, who lives with Dawn in Cornwall, has enjoyed a ten day break  and had a wonderful time experiencing the culture, food, beautiful scenery and much more. “I…

Claire celebrating her NVQ distinction

NVQ 3 distinction for SLA Claire

SLA Claire Connor has now achieved her Lead Adult Care Worker NVQ 3 and passed with distinction. Her assessor commented: “She demonstrated an excellent understanding of all concepts and was able to relate these to her practice. She was able to give robust, highly detailed examples of improving the performance of colleagues, acting as a…

Rebecca is pictured with her carer Karen Kelly-Markwick. Rebecca has been recognised on the Dimensions 2019 Learning Disability and Autism Leaders List

Rebecca is Learning Leader in the Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List

Rebecca, who uses Shared Lives South West services, is celebrating being a Learning Leader! She is a winner  in the national Dimensions 2019 Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List. It’s the UK’s first national list which recognises people with learning disabilities and autism who are challenging stereotypes. All winners have been working  make communities better…

Linda Mogford retires

SLC Linda Mogford retires from Shared Lives South West at Christmas

After almost 16 years at Shared Lives South West, Linda Mogford is set to hang up her SLC hat. She retires from the organisation will be on Christmas Eve. Over the years she has seen SLSW grow. “When I started there were four SLC’s, one member of admin, one finance person and the CEO. Now…

Paul Chadfield, who uses Shared Lives South West services, with carers Chad and Kim is moving on

Paul prepares to move on from Shared Lives South West

With Christmas around the corner Paul, has asked for a variety of things to furnish his new home once he moves on from Shared Lives South West. Paul, was fostered by Kim and Chad Chadfield when he was just nine years old and transitioned to Shared Lives South West when he was 18. Kim and…

Ursula, who uses Shared Lives South West services, enjoyed her 90th birthday in the Isle of Wight

90th birthday trip to the Isle of Wight for Ursula

Ursula, who uses our services, enjoyed her 90th birthday with a trip to the Isle of Wight. She went on the holiday with her SLSW carer Lesley Waller. They caught the ferry and had a lovely break, eating lovely food, enjoying a gin and tonic and visiting tourist attractions including Bombridge Windmill. Celebrations continued at…

Princesshay Charity Tree Trail Shared Lives South West

Tree trail runner up success for Shared Lives South West

We were thrilled to be a runner up in the Charity Christmas Tree Trail at Princesshay, Exeter. Shared Lives South West was one of 35 organisations selected to have a tree at Roman Walk in the city. As runner up we received a voucher to be spent in Princesshay. Staff, carers and the people who…