Shared Lives South West has announced it is set to expand after taking on the Somerset Shared Lives scheme, in one of the biggest moves in the organisation’s history.
Somerset Council has transferred its Shared Lives scheme to SLSW and by doing so, it now has a chance to grow and offer more services across the county. Previously the scheme focused on people with learning disabilities.
SLSW, which is celebrating its 15th year, has recently been rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission. It already operates Shared Lives Services across Devon and Cornwall.
In Somerset there are currently 150 people using Shared Lives services, which sees trained and approved carers open their own family home to support people with additional needs.
The staff team from the Somerset scheme, which is made up of four Shared Lives Coordinators, will now work with Shared Lives South West. SLSW has also invested in more staff and resources to ensure a bright future for the Somerset scheme.
The outstanding work being done by the teams and carers across Devon and Cornwall will remain unaffected by the expansion.
Existing Team Leader Anne Bilham will be at the helm of the Somerset Shared Lives team going forward.
“We have a committed staff team and passionate carers in Somerset who put the people who are supported at the heart of what we do,” said Anne.
“As a team and wider organisation we are working together to make sure we provide the best service we can, not just in Somerset, similarly across the South West.”
SLSW CEO Dominic Spayne said: “It’s an exciting time for Shared Lives South West as an organisation.
“We can’t wait to work with the Somerset team, learn about the carers and the people who use our services in the county and build a great relationship.
“We want to fly the flag for great quality care and support across the South West.”
Find out more about Shared Lives South West.