Sharing a life and a home

Published Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Bromley Council recently held an event to celebrate and recognise carers who have been involved in Shared Lives.

Bromley Council recently held an event to celebrate and recognise carers who have been involved in Shared Lives, a scheme where families share their home life with an adult who has a learning or physical disability.

It is one of a number of council initiatives designed to help adults who need support to gain greater independence and choice about how and where they live their lives. The event was addressed by the Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Kim Botting who made the presentations. It was also attended by the Executive Councillor for Care Services, Councillor Robert Evans. As well as being a great way to recognise the success of this rewarding scheme and celebrate the work of carers the event was an opportunity to raise awareness and encourage people from all walks of life to consider sharing their home.


The Mayor of Bromley said: “I am delighted to be here today to make these presentations as we celebrate the dedication and work of our carers. It is also a wonderful opportunity to recognise the success of this innovative scheme. The team work with great care to match families with adults who have needs and there is lots of support and training to provide any necessary care. It is another example of how the council continues to modernise adult social care so those with needs can make the same choices about how they live their lives as their families, friends and neighbours.”

The event was addressed by Jodie who uses the service. She said:  “Since being with my carer for a year and a half I am able to get on a bus or a train on my own now that I have that level of support from my carer and her family

Caroline Breathwick, who is a carer also addressed the event and said:  “It’s such a fantastic scheme and means the person we have supported for so many years has been able to enjoy living with a family and make a real home life for herself.”

In addition to those with learning disabilities, the scheme can help adults with mental health problems, physical disabilities and the elderly and in a range of circumstances. This can include an alternative to residential care, supporting those leaving residential care, home-based respite and young adults making the transition from living at home. There are currently 33 approved carers providing a mixture of long term, short term and respite placements and the council has a dedicated team working with families, who receive financial support. At present the scheme
supports 29 people on placements and a further six in respite each month on average. Since the launch of the scheme in 2006 the council has provided over 100 placements for service users.

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Notes to editors:

  • For media enquiries, please contact Amanda Day, Communications Officer, on 020 8313 4390 amanda.day@bromley.gov.uk.

  • Further information is available at Shared lives or contact the team on 01689 880 806.