Borough's families and individuals invited to take part in scheme to help the vulnerable

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The borough's residents are being invited to open up their homes for adults in need of support.

Bromley Council is set to host a recruitment day next Tuesday (May 13) to discuss a scheme called Shared Lives.

The council explains Shared Lives can provide “a real alternative to residential care”, giving some of the most vulnerable members of society the chance to have more choice about how they live as members of communities.

The initiative works with families and individuals to see them house older citizens, those with disabilities or mental health problems, or even youngsters in transition and setting up independently.

A recruitment day will take place between 11am-1pm at the central library, where a team will be on hand for an “informal chat” about the scheme’s possibilities.

Visit bromley.gov.uk

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5:10pm Thu 8 May 14

HearTheFacts says...

Great idea, how many of the Council big wigs have signed up to this?. It's a matter of you lead the way, and show us.
Great idea, how many of the Council big wigs have signed up to this?. It's a matter of you lead the way, and show us. HearTheFacts
  • Score: 7

2:11pm Fri 9 May 14

white rabbit9 says...

I knoww lets get the £2000 pounds every day the tax payer pays william hague to pay for his house. Let's get that back and create homes for the vulnerable.
I knoww lets get the £2000 pounds every day the tax payer pays william hague to pay for his house. Let's get that back and create homes for the vulnerable. white rabbit9
  • Score: 1

10:29pm Fri 9 May 14

flea_in_ear says...

Professional carers have qualifications and insurance (and sometimes the lack of care as seen in the news recently has been abysmal).

How much will people be told about the person they are taking in - bearing in mind data protection, human rights. How many people will really understand the problems they may be taking on? Until you live with someone you really don't know them. The people doing the placements will presumably not have lived with the people they hope to place, nor the people they hope to place those people with.

Elderly person with money becomes vulnerable in new home to theft?

Both parties feel they have failed if it really doesn't work?

Sounds an excellent idea, but I see far too many pitfalls.
Professional carers have qualifications and insurance (and sometimes the lack of care as seen in the news recently has been abysmal). How much will people be told about the person they are taking in - bearing in mind data protection, human rights. How many people will really understand the problems they may be taking on? Until you live with someone you really don't know them. The people doing the placements will presumably not have lived with the people they hope to place, nor the people they hope to place those people with. Elderly person with money becomes vulnerable in new home to theft? Both parties feel they have failed if it really doesn't work? Sounds an excellent idea, but I see far too many pitfalls. flea_in_ear
  • Score: 2

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