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Simon Doughty Finance Assistant is pictured

Simon joins our finance team at SLSW

Simon Doughty has joined the Shared Lives South West team in the Devon office as a Finance Assistant. Here we chat to him about how he is settling in…   How are you finding your new role  as Finance Assistnat at SLSW? I’ve found it really nice and friendly. People have introduced themselves and I…

Elvin raises almost £300 for Macmillan after sponsored headshave

Elvin, has rather less hair than usual, thanks to completing a sponsored headshave for Macmillan Cancer Support. Elvin, who lives with SLSW Carers Diana and James Cole, worked hard on gaining sponsorship and has now raised almost £300 for the cause. “He had suddenly decided he wanted to do a sponsored hair and beard shave…

Leon being given a medal at the jubilee challenge

Well done to Leon for completing The Jubliee Challenge

Leon is celebrating completing The Jubilee Challenge on Dartmoor. The event is designed for young people aged between 14 and 21 with a range of support needs who complete one of several routes suited to their abilities. Leon, who is supported by SLSW Carer Jonathan Bevins, spent the night before the challenge camping at Okehampton…

Megan Parkes, new Shared Lives Coordinator

New SLC Megan joins the Cornwall team

Megan Parkes has joined the Shared Lives South West team as a Shared Lives Coordinator. We caught up with her to find out how she is finding her new role and why she joined us… You’ve been at SLSW a little while now, how are you finding it? Everyone is friendly and I feel like…

Susan a social work student joined shared lives south west on a placement

We welcome trainee social worker Susan

Shared Lives South West has welcomed trainee social worker Susan Kelleher to the staff team as a placement as part of her training. Cornwall Council set up the 80-day placement which continues until the middle of August. “The SLSW team has been really welcoming,” she said. “They are so friendly and welcoming and I’m learning…

Lilly and Joe

Lilly is looking forward to Valentine’s celebration

Lilly, who uses our short break services, is looking forward to celebrating Valentine’s Day with her boyfriend Joe. She has been enjoying short breaks with SLSW Carer Jayne Askew since June last year. Jayne has supported Lilly with her relationship with Joe while on her breaks and he has also stayed over too. “I found…

Shared Lives Coordinator Jean Harper, with carer Pat who retired and CEO Dominic Spayne. Pat is holding an orchid and leaving card

Retirement tea party celebration for long serving SLSW Carer Pat

SLSW organised an afternoon to remember for SLSW Carer Pat Riglar who retired after 20 years this week. Her SLC Jean Harper arranged a tea party at the Somerset office for her to thank her for commitment and dedication to the role. Over the years she looked after three people long-term and has had countless…

Cara Humm new Funding and Benefits Officer at Shared Lives South Wes

SLSW welcomes new Funding and Benefits Officer Cara

We have welcomed Cara Humm as a Funding and Benefits Officer based in our Devon office at Shared Lives South West. Here we catch up with her to see how she’s finding working at SLSW… How has your first few days at Shared Lives South West been? My first couple of days and been great,…

Scott Knight who has joined as a finance officer at Shared Lives South West

We welcome Scott Knight as our Finance Officer at SLSW

We have welcomed Scott Knight to the SLSW team as our Finance Officer. He will be based in the Devon office working alongside Ali Kingdon, Finance Manager at SLSW.     How has your first few days at SLSW been? I was nervous at first, but felt really welcomed. I’ve met the CEO and some…

Connor visited the Netherlands

Connor goes abroad for the first time

With the support of his SLSW Carer, Connor has been abroad for the first time. Helga Crosland helped Connor apply for a job, prepare for an interview and he got a job in his local KFC. Since then Helga has given advice on how to save his money and helped him sort his currency to…