23 August 2017

Devon Approval Panel News

We’ve said farewell to Devon Approval Panel chairman Mabs Hunt after ten years as part of Shared Lives South West. During her association with the organisation she’s been a trustee, panel member and chairman of the panel. “When I first become involved with Shared Lives I didn’t know a thing about it, I’ve learnt so […]

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21 August 2017

Marcus is building his independence by learning new skills in construction

After 18 months of hard work Marcus, who lives with Shared Lives South West carer Karen Grose, has been awarded his Construction Skills Certification (CSCS) card. The qualification means he can now work on building sites and is looking for work with the help of Employability Cornwall. One of the main challenges for Marcus is […]

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14 August 2017

SLSW’s rapper Karen has growing ambitions to live her life her way

Since moving into a Shared Lives South West family, Karen Smithens’ life has changed beyond all recognition. “Previously I was in a residential home, not doing anything and I didn’t feel challenged. I felt unhappy,” said Karen. She moved in with Joy and Bou Roodenburg-Vermaat seven years ago (in the Torpoint area) and now she’s […]

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03 August 2017

Mum Michelle gets ready to move on with her son

In the last 18 months Michelle has turned her life around with the help and support of her Shared Lives carer… and most importantly having the belief in herself that she could be a great Mum. Rewind to February last year and it looked like social services were set to take Michelle’s baby away from […]

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25 July 2017

SLSW’s Karen to rap at sold out Port Eliot Festival

Rapper Karen Smithen will perform at this year’s sold out Port Eliot Festival in Cornwall. The  festival, set on the side of the river Tiddy, offers an array entertainment featuring literary, musical and culinary delights. Karen, who lives with Shared Lives South West carer Joy Roodenburg, is helping pave the way for disabled artists and will take […]

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25 July 2017

MP Steve Double says Shared Lives South West is an ‘amazing charity’

Shared Lives South West carer Karen Grose opened the door of her home in St Austell to MP Steve Double so he could find out about our services. Mr Double, who is the MP for St Austell and Newquay, met with Marcus, Malcolm , and Wayne who live with Karen and talked with them about […]

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24 July 2017

VIDEO: Jason tries out daring swing drop on Calvert Trust holiday

    Trying out daring and exciting outdoor pursuits helped make a holiday a memorable one for Jason , who uses Shared Lives South West services. Jason went on the Calvert Trust, Exmoor break with his Shared Lives family, including his  carers Mandi and Shaun Brooks, and spent time riding around the lake and on […]

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19 July 2017

Polish delegates visit Shared Lives South West to learn about our Short Break services

Knowledge, skills and the great work Shared Lives South West was shared with Polish delegates during a two day visit to our charity. The team of ten people-  from various charities, organisations and local authorities-  were on a fact finding mission learning about Shared Lives South West and specifically wanting to hear about its award […]

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06 July 2017

Shared Lives South West enjoys day at Blue Light Day Cornwall

Hundreds and hundreds of people poured into the Royal Cornwall Showground at Wadebridge, Cornwall for Blue Light Day. There were demonstrations by various emergency services teams and visitors were also treated to a flyby and a little display by the Coastguard helicopter. We hosted a stand at the event and bumped into various Shared Lives […]

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29 June 2017

We say ‘goodbye’ to Anne after 11 years

After 11 years with Shared Lives South West , Service Administrator Anne Lennox has retired. She’s seen the charity grown and blossom and built up a great relationship with many carers and services users. “I’ve love working with the team, carers and service users, that’s what i’ll miss most,” she said. With more time on […]

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