Shared Lives South West
Services and organisations that have the Local Offer flash have filled out inclusion information, meaning that they meet the needs of people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
If you or someone you know is looking for a place to live or a short break away with support on hand, Shared Lives South West may be able to help.
We specialise in the provision of family-based care and offer a range of long term, short break and day services with our approved carers. We are able to support people with a learning disability, mental health needs, older people, people with early stage dementia and parents with a learning disability. Some of our carers are also able to support people with physical disabilities. Our service is available to adults, although we can support young people aged 16+ in transition to adult care. Please contact us to discuss your needs and/or have a look at our website.
Who to contact
Where to go
- Shared Lives South West
- TR16 5DH
Time / date details
- When is it on?
- The office is generally open 09:00 - 17:00, Monday to Friday but it is always advisable to ring first.
- Please telephone the office to discuss the fees for short breaks/respite or long term placement with us.
- Referral required
- Referral details
Referrals are usually made through the social work team unless the person seeking support is likely to be able to fund their own care.
- How we make our service inclusive
We provide short breaks/respite for vulnerable adults and this can include those coming up to age 18 and in the transition process. However, as our carers deliver the service in their own family homes our ability to match the needs of the young person with the skills and experience of our carers can often also depend on the availability of carers with accessible homes (e.g. ground floor living accommodation/wet room etc).
We can also provide long term places in family homes for over 18s where the person concerned wishes to live independently of their family or family members are finding it difficult to cope for a variety of reasons. Again availability of places with our carers cannot be guaranteed.
- Staff SEND experience
Our team of Shared Lives co-ordinators match people referred to us to carers who have the abilities, skills and experience to support them. Our co-ordinators themselves have a varied range of skills and experience from the social care world - for example working with young people on the Autistic spectrum or who have learning disabilities.
- How our service supports providers / schools / colleges
We are happy to come along to transition events or talk to school staff individually about what we can offer to young people with a range of special needs who are coming up to age 18 and beyond.
- Support at key transition points
We can provide a caring option, which may or may not be appropriate for the young person transitioning to adulthood depending on the level of need. We are happy to talk to families about what we can offer.
- Other local or national support
Shared Lives South West is a member of national umbrella organisation Shared Lives Plus. Interested individuals are encourage to look at our website: www.sharedlivessw.org.uk for further information.
- Resolving disagreements, mediation and making complaints
We have a Complaints Policy which includes details of how complaints can be made and how they are dealt with. This includes both informal and formal complaints. We also have a Customer Service policy which sets out standards for how we deal with anyone accessing our service.
Last updated: 01/04/2020