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Caring is sharing as Cumbrian people promote national campaign



A Cumbrian Shared Lives carer and the service user who lives with her are set to feature in the Department of Health and Social Care's national social care recruitment campaign - Every Day is Different. The shots will feature in the campaign and were displayed in the House of Commons!


Alex has been a shared lives carer for the last 9 months to Liam. She has looked after Liam, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, since he was 10. After Liam turned 18, they transitioned together into Cumbria Council’s Shared Lives programme, so that Alex can continue to help him develop his independence. A Shared Lives carer is a person who offers accommodation, support and personal care in their own home with the support and supervision of the Shared Lives scheme.


Alex says: “I’m passionate about providing care and love helping Liam. My sister Maria is my support carer, and together we can help him as a family which suits all of us very well. When I first met Liam, we focused on developing his social skills, and I was delighted to find out he had a real talent for playing the trumpet. I’m so proud of him for working to achieve his dream of becoming a professional trumpeter.”


This photograph was taken in the music venue at Kendal College of Art & Design, where Liam is a full-time music student. Alex encouraged Liam’s talent first with the trumpet and then the piano. This has enabled Liam’s musical talent to flourish and helped to build his self-confidence and social skills.”


If you would like to find out more about becoming a Shared Lives carer then contact Philippa Fox.

Tel: 01229 404005 / 07775546732

www.cumbria.gov.uk/sharedlives

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