Welcome to new Shared Lives Coordinator Chrissy in Somerset

Chrissy Goodridge, Shared Lives Coordinator at Shared Lives South West
Shared Lives South West has welcomed new Shared Lives Coordinator Chrissy Goodridge to the team.
She will be based in Somerset covering Anne-Marie Carmichael’s role while she is on maternity leave.
Chrissy started at SLSW earlier this month and has a wealth of experience in the care sector.
We caught up with her and welcomed her to our organisation…

Can you tell us a little about your background?

I have worked within the Health and social care Sector for 16 years.

Predominantly most of my experience has been with adults who have a learning disability. I also have experience working with mental health issues and autism. I’ve had many different roles including: Support Worker, Enabler, Team Leader, Service Manager ; the list could go on.

Had you heard of Shared Lives before joining?

I heard about the Shared Lives scheme through a work colleague who had recently became a Shared Lives Carer herself this inspired me to do some more research on Shared Lives.

What do you think you can bring to the team?

My friendly, outgoing and enthusiastic personality.


What do you think of Shared Lives as a model of care?

I personally think that the Shared Live model of care is how the future of care will look.

Through my many years of experience, almost all of the people I have worked with when you ask them they say that they would like to be part of a family and feel part of the community.


How is it joining the team as a Shared Lives Coordinator during the current Covid-19 crisis?

It is a very different way of working and my IT skills have improved immensely,  but I’m really enjoying it.


What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love to dance, sing, spending time with my children.


If you could take three you’d things to a desert island?

My children, food and water.

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